Cats, Cards was an all out war

In all my years of watching UK basketball I have not seen a more intense atmosphere from the fan standpoint and from the players standpoint. There was wolfing at each other before the game.

In all my years of watching UK basketball I have not seen a more intense atmosphere from the fan standpoint and from the players standpoint. There was wolfing at each other before the game. There was and exibition from the U of L players backstage in the hallway leading to the floor.

The Cards were huddled jumping up and down yelling within earshot of the UK cheerleaders in the back hallway, "We are some bad mother------- We are some bad mother------- over and over. That's a lot of class I'll tell you." With the display of physicallity which encompassed pushing, shoving, scratching and clawing, forearms to the face, smack talking and three techical fouls, one on UK and two U of L at the 19:15 of the first half, there was little doubt that no one was going to be intimidated in this game.

It took the refs around ten-minutes after the scuffle on the floor using replay monitors to sort out who the technicals need to be assessed to. The defense was so stiffling Louisville did not get a field goal until the 10:48 mark of the first half and the halftime score was 27-19 with UK leading.

There were hardly no signs in Rupp Arena except one very clever one we saw. "PITINO IS A CARDINAL - CAL IS A POPE - BUT THEY BOTH ANSWER TO JOHN WALL. Rick Pitino had nothing but praise for the poise and maturity of Wall. After the 9:51 mark of the second half at which time the Cardinals took their first lead of the ball game 41-42 Wall scored 12 of his 17 points to be very instrumental in the UK win. Not actually making a comparison to Michael Jordan or Koby Bryant but Cal likened Wall ability to deliver for his team when ir really, really needed.

Neither of the head coaches would acknowledge that this was the most physical and intense game they had been involved in. Cal cited Memphis/Louisville, Memphis/Tennessee and he said they had use metal detectors and the UMass/ Temple games. Pitino was not surprised at the intensity of the game. "All rivalry games are physical or should be," Pitono said. He cited the Cincinnatti/Xavier game and the Memphis/Tennessee games as being just as physical. Both Cal and Pitino skirted the issue of a possible blatant action by DeMarcus Cousins attempt to take some alledged over the top physicality against Jared Swopshire. Pitono cited the Christian Lattner action against Aminu Timberlake as something more blatant.

Cousin deflected every post-game inquiry by the media by saying that he was playing hard and was just going after the loose ball. He also said this was not the most physical game he had played in. "We had some rivalry games in high school," Cousins said. He said he hopes to be able to play in this rivalry again.

Eric Bledsoe said that when Cousins gets fouled on one end and it's not called and he gets call on the other end, he gets mad. "That just the way he is," Bledsoe said. "When myself and or Wall talk to him and calm him down, he is a great player." Bledsoe was asked if he and John Wall was the ones he would most likely listen to? "Yeah, because we've got that bond between us. When we first stepped on this campus we hung out together. So he'll listen to us." He said he had never been in a game this physical. he said it was who was going to hustle to hardest and who's head was in the game the most.

Pitinos said his team is going to get better but the Cats are going to get better,too. "I don't want to play them in February," Pitino said.


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