Kentucky and Louisville, two teams that have been ranked No. 1 this season, will renew their intrastate rivalry on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.
The Tigers led wire-to-wire, extending the lead to 10 points by the first media timeout, 17 by the second, and as many as 28 before intermission.
"He played good. I said he - we put him and Immanuel, we were struggling to get a basket, so we were just going through two guys", United Kingdom coach John Calipari said. He has played in eight games for Kentucky, starting six of them, and he is contributing 7.6 points and six rebounds per game.
The Wildcats were beaten by the No. 5 Ohio State Buckeyes in their last outing, 71-65. The Cats capped the game with an 8-0 run that also included a pair of free throws by freshman guard Tyrese Maxey, who scored a career-high 27 points to lead UK.
Kentucky Basketball closed out a dominant decade against Louisville with a 78-70 win over the Cards in OT.
"Credit to him", said Louisville center Steven Enoch, who had 18 points to lead the Cards. And that's what I told the team is that we've got to get the ball (to Richards). He made it through the end of the game without picking up his fifth.
"We're thrilled to be releasing this bobblehead commemorating Kentucky and Louisville's rivalry", National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum co-founder and CEO Phil Sklar said. Now they're threatened by a strong Louisville squad that might send the Cats into the new year on a three game losing streak. At that point, with UofL behind 72-70 with 21 seconds to go, the air going out of the balloon.
The Cats continue to struggle to get the whole frontcourt (or even just half of it) playing well at the same time. Calipari says getting Montgomery going on a consistent basis is his next big challenge.
As for the over all free throw shooting, pretty dismal with Louisville making only nine of 20 attempts, clank, clank, clank. Two free throws each by Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey sealed the outcome before Ashton Hagans' dunk served as an exclamation point, as the Wildcats (9-3) scored the game's final eight points.
Louisville would answer with 10.6 seconds remaining tying the game yet again.
The overtime was the first in a regular-season game between the schools and the first since Louisville won 80-68 on March 26, 1983 in the NCAA Tournament. Their size gives them a big advantage on the glass and their +18.2 average point differential is sixth best in the country.
35-34 - The Cats' edge in the rebound column.
The Cardinals rank second in defensive efficiency according to KenPom and 14th in points allowed. The Cards were also awful from the line, making just 9 of 20.