Fast Break: How Kentucky beat Louisville

December 28, 2013 

Talking points

Two quick three-pointers by Chris Jones led Louisville to an 8-0 start. Julius Randle went to work for a 14-4 Kentucky run. Jones stayed hot and James Young heated up for UK. The Cards could not contain Randle, and UK's early board work helped it to a 34-25 lead. A highlight Russ Smith dunk helped the Cards cut it to 41-36 at the half. It was Smith and the Cards early in the second half. Randle left the floor with cramps and Louisville regained the lead. In trouble without Randle? Led by Young and the Harrison twins, UK responded with a 15-4 run and 66-56 lead with 5:13 left. UK sealed it when Andrew Harrison threw a nifty pass to Alex Poythress for a slam.

Telling numbers

■ Louisville took its only lead of the second half with 11:01 to go. The Cards made one more field goal in the next 10 minutes.

■ Key stat? Louisville 13 turnovers, Kentucky 11.

■ Combined, the teams made nine of 40 three-pointers.

■ Louisville was 9-for-28 shooting in the second half.

■ Other than Jones and Smith, Louisville made nine field goals.

■ Randle missed one field goal attempt in the first half while scoring 17 points.

■ Kentucky's 25 first-half rebounds included 11 offensive boards.

■ Luke Hancock and Chane Behanan — two stars for the Cards in last year's Final Four — were 3-for-14 shooting.

■ James Young missed his first six shots.

■ Poythress was big off the bench with seven points and five rebounds.

■ Kentucky outscored the Cards 42-24 in the paint.

Thumbs up

■ The Rupp crowd is often criticized. It was rowdy and energized Saturday.

■ His shooting was off, but Young showed the many ways he can have an impact on a game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four assists.

■ Andrew Harrison needs to improve at the foul line but otherwise he put the team on his back down the stretch.

Thumbs down

■ Kentucky has to get better at shooting free throws to become a top team. Making 16 of 30 usually won't get it done.

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