Cardinals 'outhustled' by Wildcats

LEXINGTON - Louisville drops to 11-2 on the season following loss

One of the main narratives entering the No. 6 University of Louisville basketball team's meeting with rival Kentucky was the outstanding difference in size between the two teams.

Although the team was out-rebounded by eight, and outscored by 18 in the paint, the Cardinal players are not ready to blame the loss solely on the opponent's size-advantage.

"(The size) doesn't bother us," sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell said in the locker room following the game.

"We knew coming in that they had the same player from last year, Will Cauley-Stein. Julius Randle, he wasn't as tall as Nerlens Noel. That doesn't phase us. We can't change their height."

Rather than size, Harrell and his teammates insisted that the Wildcats' hustle was what eventually allowed them to pull away. A 13-3 UK run that started with the game tied at 53, which was fueled by several offensive rebounds, gave the Wildcats a ten-point lead that they would not give back.

"They played with more heart than us and they out-hustled us, they beat us in the end in this game," Harrell, who had six points and four rebounds in the game, said.

Guard Chris Jones, who chipped in 18 points for the Cardinals, echoed Harrell's sentiment, citing second-chance points as the Cards' demise. Kentucky had 17 second-chance points in the contest, while Louisville had just six.

"I don't think we as guards got in there to rebound, we watched the ball hit the ground a lot," Jone said. "They got second-chance points and that really killed us."

Luckily for the Cardinals, the team has a quick turnaround, as they'll travel to Orlando to take on Central Florida on Tuesday night. The Cardinals are now 11-2 on the season.

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