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Kentucky basketball sophomore forward PJ Washington talks about playing arch-rival Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. UK defeated the Cardinals 90-61 last season at Rupp Arena.
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Kentucky basketball sophomore forward PJ Washington talks about playing arch-rival Louisville on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. UK defeated the Cardinals 90-61 last season at Rupp Arena.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to miss you-know-who. Kentucky-Louisville started before he arrived and continues after his second and no doubt final departure. Time to move on, time to get going. It’s Cats vs. Cards. ESPN2 has the 2:05 tip.

I’ll be courtside at the KFC Yum Center for new Louisville coach Chris Mack’s Dream Game debut. As John Calipari attempts to run his record to 10-2 against the ‘Ville as UK coach, I’ll be providing updates, analysis, etc. Scroll down for a dedicated Twitter feed that includes my Herald-Leader cohorts and selected others.

Final: Kentucky 71, Louisville 58

Final box

Post-game press conference on Kentucky.com Facebook page.

Can the Cats bring it on home?

It’s UK 61, Louisville 48 with 3:35 left. That’s the way it has been pretty much the entire second half. From 17:58 mark to now the visitors have lead by anywhere from nine to 15 points. At present, Tyler Herro leads all scorers with 22. He’s favorite for game MVP as we go into the final segment.

Kentucky 56, Louisville 45 with 6:41 left

UK’s lead has remained right around 11-to-13 points pretty much the entire second half. The Cats got it up to 15 at 50-35. Louisville cut it to nine at 50-41. Successive baskets by Ashton Hagans pushed it back to 13. And so it goes.

Tyler Herro career-high 19 points

UK leads Louisville 50-39 with 10:28 remaining. Herro is 8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3.

Cats by a dandy dozen with 11:40 remaining

Kentucky 47, Louisville 35. Every time the Cards appear to have a chance to get back in it, the home team keeps missing shots. The ice-cold Cards have made just three of 17 shots this half for 17.6 percent. They have clanged all five of their three-point shots. UK is just 5-of-14 from the floor this half but it hasn’t mattered. PJ Washington leads UK in assists with three.

Kentucky 43-33 with 15:41 left

Up eight at the half, Cats now up 10. Louisville blew golden opportunity to cut the lead to four early in second half when Steven Enoch missed hook shot and Jordan Nwora was not able to jam the rebound home. Quickley, at the other end, Tyler Herro scored on a drive and just like that UK lead was back to eight points. Then it was 12 at 41-29. Herro leads all scorers with 16 points.

Louisville’s Jordan Nowar held to five points

The sophomore from Buffalo leads the Cards in scoring at 17.9 points per game on the season. Nwora was held to just five points in the first half. He was two-of-six from the floor, including one-of-three from three-point range. His second field goal came on a fast break jam just before the halftime horn.

Halftime: Kentucky 35, Louisville 27

UK shot 55.6 percent on the way to an eight-point halftime lead. The Cats led by as many as 14, which is how many points Tyler Herro scored in the first half. Keldon Johnson added seven. The Cats were four-of-10 from three-point range. Herro hit two of his four tries from beyond the arc.

Louisville shot 41.7 percent the first half. The Cards were hurt in the paint. UK outscored Louisville 20-10 in the painted area, as Hubie Brown would say. Louisville also committed seven turnovers to just five for Kentucky.

Halftime box

Kentucky up 12 with 6:56 left in 1H

Louisville coach Chris Mack asks for time as the visitors push the lead to 29-17 . Tyler Herro has 12 points for UK. Louisville has not scored a field goal since the 12:46 mark. UK currently on a 13-2 run.

Kentucky up 1 at 11:15 1H TV time

Cats are 7-of-11 from the floor and lead 16-15. Tyler Herro leads the way with seven points. Louisville is three-of-seven from three-point range. Cristen Cunningham leads the Cardinals with seven points. The former Henry Clay star is three-of-four from the floor, including a made three-pointer. Points in paint: UK 10-4.

Kentucky up 11-8 on Louisville at 16:15 mark

Cats have scored on five of their first six possessions and are a perfect five-of-five from the floor. Two early assists for Ashton Hagans. Tyler Herro is two-for-two from the floor. Louisville is three-of-five from the floor. The Cards have made both of their three-point attempts.

Starters for both teams

Kentucky
  • 2-Ashton Hagans, 6-2, Fr.

  • 3-Keldon Johnson, 6-6, Fr.

  • 14-Tyler Herro, 6-5, Fr.

  • 22-Reid Travis, 6-8, Sr.

  • 25-PJ Washington, 6-8, So.
Louisville
  • 1-Christen Cunningham, 6-2, Sr.

  • 2-Darius Perry, 6-2, So.

  • 23-Steven Enoch, 6-10, Jr.

  • 24-Dwayne Sutton, 6-5, Jr.

  • 33-Jordan Nwora, 6-7, So.

Officials

Officials for UK-Louisville are Ron Groover, Jeff Clark and Pat Driscoll. Groover and Clark both worked the UK-Duke game in the Champions Classic on Nov. 6. The last UK game Driscoll worked was the Cats’ loss to Indiana in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

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