Cats win big, beat Cards 78-63

Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson combined for 46 points to lead the 11th-ranked Wildcats past the #22 ranked Louisville Cardinals 78-63 in Louisville Ky. Harrellson added 12 rebounds to lead the Cats.

Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson combined for 46 points to lead the 11th-ranked Wildcats past the #22 ranked Louisville Cardinals 78-63 in Louisville Ky. Harrellson added 12 rebounds to lead the Cats.

Both teams began play stiffly combining for just 10-41 shooting in the early going. It was the Cardinals who seemed to settle down first. Preston Knowles hit a three point jumper at the 14:20 mark of the first half to provide UL an early 12-6 lead. The Wildcats began to find their range though and at the 11:08 mark, Kentucky's Darius Miller would hit a free throw giving UK a 15-14 lead, a lead the Cats would never give up.

Kentucky used its superior size to its advantage blocking shots and claiming rebounds. Knight hit a shot at the 6-minute mark to give the Cats its first double digit lead at 28-18. The big blue went into the locker at half holding a 35-24 lead.

Unlikely hero John Harrellson went on a tear to open the second half, scoring eight of Kentucky's first 12 second half points as Kentucky expanded its lead to 48-31. The Cards tried to get back into the game, making one big push, closing the lead to just nine at the half way mark of the second period, but got no closer.

Knight, Harrellson and Terrence Jones took over from there and reopened the Wildcat lead to 73-56 with just three minutes remaining and UK coasted from there.

For Kentucky, it was the fourth win in the last six contests against their heated cross-state rivals. The Cats are now 6-4 against their former coach, Rick Pitino. Coach Calipari is now 2-0 against his former mentor while at UK. Kentucky next faces Pennsylvania on Monday night in Rupp Arena.


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