Five things you may have forgotten about first Cats-Cards game this season

jclay@herald-leader.comMarch 28, 2014 

Kentucky guard James Young celebrated a UK run that forced a Louisville timeout as the Wildcats defeated the Cardinals in December. Young pulled down 10 rebounds that game.

Here are five things you might have forgotten from the Dec. 28, 2013, game between Kentucky and Louisville in Rupp Arena, won by the Cats 73-66.

1. Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young each had 10 rebounds.

Young matched that with 10 rebounds in UK's next game, a win over visiting Mississippi State.

After that, however, the freshman did not have more than seven rebounds in a game until he snared eight boards in the Sunday victory over No. 1 seed Wichita State.

2. Louisville's Luke Hancock made just three of 11 shots and missed six of his eight three-point attempts.

It was all part of an afternoon in which Louisville made just six of 26 three-point shots.

On the season, Hancock is now shooting 33.9 percent from beyond the arc.

3. Louisville's Chris Jones played well in the first meeting, scoring 18 points. The junior-college transfer made seven of 13 shots, including three three-pointers.

Jones scored 15 of those 18 points in the first half as teammate Russ Smith struggled, the senior hitting just seven of 20 shots for the game.

4. Montrezl Harrell played just 21 minutes for Louisville. Of course, back then U of L had Chane Behanan, who played 20 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds in what turned out to be his final game in a U of L uniform.

Harrell is now averaging 29.2 minutes per game. Behanan has transferred to Colorado State.

5. The December game was tied 53-53 with 8:44 left before Kentucky went on a 13-3 run.

Louisville made just one field goal — a three-pointer by Hancock from the right corner with 6:49 left that cut the UK lead to 60-56 — in a stretch from the 11-minute mark until a Wayne Blackshear dunk with 56 seconds left.

This season's first meeting

Kentucky defeated Louisville on Dec. 28, 2013, in Rupp Arena:

Louisville 66

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Mathiang 22 2-2 0-0 0-0 3 0 1 4

Blackshear 12 1-4 0-2 3-4 3 0 5 5

Harrell 21 2-2 0-0 2-2 4 0 3 6

Smith 30 7-20 0-5 5-10 2 4 4 19

Jones 31 7-13 3-9 1-1 3 2 3 18

Rozier 13 1-3 1-2 2-2 1 0 2 5

Hancock 28 3-11 2-8 0-1 3 2 2 8

Henderson 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0

Behanan 20 0-3 0-0 0-0 7 0 2 0

Agau 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0

Van Treese 18 0-0 0-0 1-2 5 0 1 1

Team 3

Totals 200 23-58 6-26 14-22 36 8 25 66

Kentucky 73

NAME mi fg-a 3-pt ft-a rb a pf tp

Cauley-Stein35 1-3 0-0 0-0 10 0 4 2

Randle 21 7-8 0-1 3-6 3 0 1 17

Young 36 5-17 3-8 5-9 10 4 2 18

Aa. Harrison30 5-12 0-3 0-0 4 1 2 10

An. Harrison34 6-16 0-1 6-12 4 2 3 18

Poythress 21 3-4 0-0 1-2 5 0 3 7

Hawkins 15 0-1 0-1 1-1 3 0 4 1

Johnson 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0

Team 4

Totals 200 27-62 3-14 16-30 44 8 19 73

Louisville 36 30—66

Kentucky 41 32—73

Field-goal shooting: Louisville 39.7, Kentucky 43.5. Free-throw shooting: Louisville 63.6, Kentucky 53.3. Technicals: None. Turnovers: Louisville 13 (Smith 4, Behanan 3, Jones 2, Mathiang 1, Rozier 1, Van Treese 1, team 1), Kentucky 11 (Aa. Harrison 4, An. Harrison 3, Randle 2, Young 2). Blocked shots: Louisville 5 (Mathiang 4, Harrell 1), Kentucky 4 (Cauley-Stein 3, Young 1). Steals: Louisville 6 (Blackshear 1, Harrell 1, Smith 1, Jones 1, Rozier 1, Hancock 1), Kentucky 3 (Cauley-Stein 1, Young 1, An. Harrison 1). Officials: Tony Greene, Mark Whitehead, Doug Sirmons. Attendance: 24,396.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com.

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