From the tip-off, the whistle dictated (70 fouls shots were attempted). Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was sensational for Kentucky and UK jumped ahead 31-16. Louisville put together a 13-0 run behind Russ Smith and its pressure defense. UK hit 27.6 percent the first half and led 36-33. Both teams continued to struggle offensively but U of L tied it 40-40 on a four-point play by Smith. Anthony Davis sparked a UK run and the Cats pulled away despite shooting 29.8 percent for the game and committing 21 turnovers.
■ UK was in the bonus less than six minutes into the game. There were 28 fouls called in the first half, and each team had two players with at least two.
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■ The teams combined for only seven field goals in the first nine minutes.
■ Kidd-Gilchrist had half of UK's eight field goals in the first half.
■ With just more than five minutes left, both teams were 14-for-50 shooting.
■ Kidd-Gilchrist: 24 points, 19 rebounds. He was the difference. Was this a better freshman performance than when King Rex hammered Louisville?
■ UK won on the boards 57-31. Three Cats had 10 or more.
■ Davis had struggled at the line. He made 12 of 13 Saturday.
■ The refs were probably trying to make sure this rivalry did not turn into a Cincy-Xavier situation, but the quick whistle made the game ugly.
■ At times, UK withered under the U of L press.
Herald-Leader Staff Report