University of Louisville

Wall's cramps could get him more rest

Another instance of cramping briefly hindered freshman star John Wall, prompting Kentucky Coach John Calipari to question whether he's over-using his point guard.

"I may have rode him too long in this game trying to get by," Calipari said after UK beat Louisville 71-62 on Saturday.

Wall played 36 minutes, which is only slightly more than his average of 33.3 going into the game. That ranked fourth among all Southeastern Conference players and the most by any freshman.

Calipari said he may strategically substitute Wall out of games prior to television timeouts to maximize his rest time.

Wall said he never had cramps as a high school player, but he did while playing on the AAU circuit. To prevent cramping, he could only think to drink more fluid and eat more bananas before games.

"I'm using a lot of energy, sweating a lot," he said. "I'm playing to a level I thought I could never play at."

Patterson's slam dink

With UK ahead 60-48, Patrick Patterson cruised for a breakaway dunk. One problem: He got the ball no higher than the rim.

Louisville retrieved the loose ball and quickly closed within seven.

Since UK prevailed, Patterson could laugh about his slam dink.

Asked when he knew he'd miss the dunk, Patterson said, "I went up and as soon as the ball hit the rim, I went, 'Uh oh.'"

Patterson said he knew then he'd never live that one down.

Early disappointment

The Louisville party came to Rupp Arena disappointed because there would be no room for its cheerleaders at Saturday's game.

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy said that UK does not admit visiting teams' cheerleaders to regular-season games.

Besides simply following policy, UK also needed the space, Peevy said.

So, the charming custom of the two rivals' cheerleaders locking arms as the band plays My Old Kentucky Home was not to be.

The cheerleaders swaying together to the state's anthem has added a charming note to many UK-U of L games. The unity of cheerleaders diluted the highly-charged partisanship.

U of L officials noted that UK cheerleaders could have been admitted to any UK-U of L game in Freedom Hall. UK chose not to take its cheerleaders to Freedom Hall last season, Peevy noted.

Until last season, the two cheerleading squads had always united at the UK-U of L game, Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said.

Harris hits clincher

Ramon Harris applied the clincher. With UK ahead 49-45, he hit a three-pointer from the left corner with 6:12 left.

That shot — from a 15.4-percent shooter from three-point range this season — began an 11-3 run that spelled victory.

Calipari said he had to urge Harris to shoot.

"I told him I have all the confidence in the world (in him)," the UK coach said. "'Shoot the three if it's there. I'm telling you, I watch you every day make them.'

"We needed that one."

'Two-headed monster'

DeMarcus Cousins and Patterson combined for 35 points and 22 rebounds. Cousins led the way with 18 points and 18 rebounds.

That production helped UK enjoy a 40-24 advantage in points from the paint.

"Those guys are like a two-headed monster," said U of L center Terrence Jennings. "You go and box out one, and the other guy is there. They make it very hard to defend inside."

Prospects

Among the prospects expected to attend the game were Amir Williams, a 6-9 forward from Detroit in the class of 2011 and J.P. Tokoto, a 6-5 player from Menomonee Falls, Wisc., in the class of 2012, according to Scout.com. Rivals.com rates Williams at No. 52 in his class and Tokoto No. 4.

Etc.

Patterson's 17 points moved him past UK assistant strength coach Scott Padgett (1,252) and Arkansas Coach John Pelphrey (1,257) on the school's scoring list. Patterson has 1,267 points. ... UK came into the game ranked 26th nationally in three-point production (8.6 per game). The Cards made only five of 17.

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