Recapping top-ranked Kentucky's 58-50 victory over No. 4 Louisville in the KFC Yum Center on Saturday.
As expected, this one was intense, grinding, physical and a defensive battle. Kentucky's size gave Louisville problems but the Cardinals' quickness out front bothered UK. The Cards took a brief lead at 13-12 with 6:54 to go in the first half, but a Devin Booker three-pointer gave UK a 22-18 halftime lead. UK had a couple of chances to get some separation early in the second half but could not pull away until 5-foot-9 Tyler Ulis pushed the Cats out to a 45-34 lead with 6:17 left. Louisville battled back, but an Aaron Harrison three-pointer buried the Cards.
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■ You could make an easy point that UK's freshmen (Booker, Trey Lyles, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis) were their best players in this game. They combined for 39 points and 21 rebounds.
■ Defense for both teams. Kentucky's defense is off-the-charts. Rick Pitino said it was one of the best defensive teams he has ever seen.
■ It may have been ugly but a win at the KFC Yum Center is impressive any time.
■ Louisville's perimeter defense locked up the UK guards and forced the Cats out of their offense.
■ Kentucky has to get better play from the Harrison twins.