Kentucky / Louisville Postgame Notes

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Kentucky Basketball Postgame Notes
No. 4/3 Louisville 80, Kentucky 77
December 29, 2012
Yum! Center – Louisville, Ky. (22,810)

— Kentucky falls to 8-4 while Louisville improves to 12-1.
— The Wildcats are 30-15 all-time against Louisville and 11-8 against the Cardinals in Louisville.
— Entering the game UK had won four-straight against Louisville and seven of the last nine.
— Today’s loss to Louisville is the first in the John Calipari era. Calipari had earned a 4-0 record in three seasons at the helm of the Kentucky program prior to today’s game.
— The Wildcats are 3-1 in games played in the Yum! Center including two wins in the NCAA Tournament a season ago.
— UK is now 172-75 all-time against schools comprising the Big East.
— Kentucky returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 2 when it plays host to the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPNU.

Team game notes
— The Wildcats used the starting combination of Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Ryan Harrow, Willie Cauley-Stein and Julius Mays. It marks the first time this season UK has used that starting combination.
— Freshman Alex Poythress was the first sub off the bench for UK. It is the first time Poythress was UK’s first sub of the game.
— Kentucky extended its streak of games with a 3-pointer to 839 games, the third-longest streak in the country.
— The Wildcats trailed 36-28 at the half. It marked the fourth time this season UK has trailed at the end of the first half. Kentucky is 0-4 when trailing at the half this season.
— Kentucky won the battle of the boards by a 39-36 margin. UK falls to 7-2 on the season when out-rebounding opponents. It’s only other loss of the season when out-rebounding the opponent came against Baylor.
— UK snatched 39 rebounds in today’s game snapping a streak of five-straight games with 40 or more boards.

Individual game notes

#3 Nerlens Noel
— Had multiple steals and blocks in the same game for the sixth time this season.
— Posted eight rebounds and has logged six or more boards in every game this season.

#10 Archie Goodwin
— Scored in double-figures for the 11th time this season.
— Had a game-high 22 points and now has 20+ points in three games this year. His last 20-point effort game against LIU Brooklyn.
— Completed UK’s first four-point play this season.
— Made a career-high three 3-pointers.

#12 Ryan Harrow
— Has scored in double-figures in three straight games.
— Matched a career-high with five rebounds.
— Posted multiple assists in six-straight games.
— Had three assists and no turnovers and has now passed out 21 assists and just three total turnovers in UK’s last four games.

#15 Willie Cauley-Stein
— Received first start of the season.
— Has six games this season with seven or more rebounds including five of his last six games.
— Totaled three blocks and has seven games with multiple blocks this season including five of the last six outings.

#33 Kyle Wiltjer
— Has hit a 3-pointer in 11 of 12 games this season.
— Has four games this season with three or more 3-pointers and eight in his career.
— Has (9) 3-pointers in last three games.
— Scored in double-figures for the sixth time this season and the 11th time in his career.

#34 Julius Mays
— Played in his 100th career game.
— Hit his first 3-pointer since notching a 1-for-4 night from behind the arc against Portland.

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Scott Anderson
I love covering the Kentucky Wildcats and even though I can't cheer on the outside when I go to games now, I am definitely cheering on the inside. You can follow me at @SAndersonNOB on twitter.
  • Bobby Slaughter

    I will take 4 wins out of every 5 games against Looserville & Pitino. So the Birds get lucky and win one game out of five, that isn’t much to brag about considering the Cats only had one player who played very much last year and the Birds had most of their players back from a Final Four team. Doesn’t say much for them. Lets face it, Birds are 2nd fiddle to the Cats, has been always will be as long as Pitino is running the program