UK-UL: Game Notes

The Cats come back in the second half to nip the Cards on the road.

  • After jumping out to a 5-0 lead with 18:22 remaining, Louisville held UK to just 5-of-24 (20.8 percent) shooting. The Wildcats went from 18:23 to 10:23, a span of 8:00, without a point.

  • Today's attendance of 20,088 is the largest crowd in the history of Freedom Hall for the University of Louisville, besting the old mark of 20,086 versus Indiana on Feb. 1, 2003.

    Top Five Freedom Hall Crowds
    1. 20,088 vs. Kentucky, 12/18/04
    2. 20,086 vs. Indiana, 2/1/03
    3. 20,079 vs. Cincinnati, 1/21/04
    4. 20,076 vs. UMass, 3/1/96
    5. 20,075 vs. Kentucky, 12/31/96

  • Senior forward Ellis Myles recorded his 27 career double-digit rebounding performance and his fifth in the last six games.

  • Freshman forward Juan Palacios suffered a laceration in his left eye early in the second half and didn't return to the contest. He scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field before leaving the contest.

  • Junior Taquan Dean drilled three 3-pointers for the sixth time in eight games this season. Dean has moved into a tie with Marques Maybin for fourth place in school history with 156 trifectas.

  • Coach Tubby Smith is the second of three former assistant coaches or players under U of L head coach Rick Pitino that the Cardinals will face this season. Pitino is now 20-2 all-time verus his former assistants or players.

  • The Cardinals were held to a season-low 58 points against UK. It was the lowest output since Louisville scored 58 in an overtime loss to Depaul at home last season.

    FINAL SCORE: Kentucky 60, Louisville 58
    Team records and series notes
    Kentucky is now 7-1 overall and has won three in a row. Louisville is now 6-2 overall, breaking a five-game Cardinal win streak.

    Kentucky leads the series, 24-12, including 15-9 since the series was renewed in 1983.

    UK's all-time record in the city of Louisville is 116-30, including 9-6 in games played against the University of Louisville

    UK's all-time record in Freedom Hall is 53-16, including 6-5 vs. Louisville in this arena.

    UK is 131-47 all-time against current members of Conference USA.

    UK has an all-time record of 233-140 against ranked teams (based on The Associated Press ranking at the time of the game), including 1-1 this season.

    UK team game notes

    Kentucky tied its biggest halftime comeback in school history today. The Wildcats rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit, 32-16, for the 60-58 victory. On Feb. 15, 1994, UK trailed Louisiana State by 16 at intermission, 48-32, before coming back for a 99-95 win.

    UK also trailed by 10, 54-44, with five minutes remaining.

    Key run: trailing 46-30 in the second half, UK went on a 25-8 run for a 55-54 lead. Louisville shot 43.5 percent from the field today. Kentucky has held the opponent under 50 percent shooting in 40 consecutive games.

    Kentucky had a season-low eight turnovers today, including just two miscues in the decisive second half. UK won points off turnovers 17-9.

    UK has had fewer turnovers than their opponents in every game this season.

    UK won bench points 11-6. The UK bench has outscored the opponent bench in every game this season.

    This was the first UK game this season decided by fewer than 13 points.

    Kentucky returns to action vs. William and Mary on Wed. Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in Rupp Arena. The game will be a delayed telecast on the UKTV Network.

    UK individual game notes

    Patrick Sparks scored a season-high 25 points, 18 of which came in the second half. Sparks provided the winning margin with three free throws with only 0:00.6 remaining in the game. Chuck Hayes played a season-high 36 minutes. He led UK with a season-high four assists, all of which came in the second half.

    Sophomore forward Sheray Thomas saw his first action of the season, scoring one point and gathering one rebound in one minute of play.

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