Liveblog: Kentucky-Louisville basketball

Here at the KFC Yum Center for Kentucky-Louisville basketball, which starts at 4 p.m. Feel free to leave comments or questions. Or you can follow/ask me on twitter @johnclayiv.

Final: Louisville 80, Kentucky 77

- Louisville 75-70 with 1:40 left. Kentucky is 10-of-22 at foul line. That doesn’t include two that Cauley-Stein missed that were erased by lane violations.

- Louisville up 69-64 with 3:24 left. If Kentucky hits its free throws the Cats are right there. But Kentucky has made just 10 of 20 this game as Cauley missed two. He got another chance from a Louisville lane violation, then missed that one. Dieng, Smith and Siva all have four fouls for Louisville.

Louisville 63-59 with 6:16 left. Fouls have taken away some of U of L’s aggressiveness on defense. Siva coming back in. He and Smith with 4. Cauley-Stein has played well here in the second half for Kentucky. Goodwin is starting to come alive. Dieng has 4 fouls for Louisville, as well. He’s coming back in at this TV timeout as well.

Kentucky cuts lead to 61-55 – Louisville’s 2 starting guards both have 4 fouls. Pitino calls time. There’s 7:53 left. Siva and Russ Smith both have four fouls. Momentum with UK.

- Kentucky went on a 10-0 run to cut lead to 51-44, but Louisville’s Russ Smith scores on a drive to push the U of L advantage back to 53-44 with 11:58 left. Kentucky would be closer it if it could hit its free throws. Cats are 5-of-12 on the game.

- Wiltjer hits back-to-back 3s and Pitino calls time. Louisville up 51-40 at 13:53 mark.

- Louisville extends lead to 48-34 with 15:39 left. Kentucky committed four turnovers in first 2:20 of second half. Calipari also got a technical foul.

- First half box. 

- Halftime: Louisville 36, Kentucky 28

- Louisville up 30-25 with 2:39 left in first half. Louisville can’t get much out of its halfcourt  offense but the Cards have taken advantage of UK’s sloppiness. Poythress just telegraphed a cross-court pass that Chane Behanan intercepted at mid-court and reverse jammed.

- Louisville run now 10-0 for a 22-18 lead at 6:43.

- Through first 11 minutes, Kentucky committed just one turnover. Louisville forcing an average of 21 per game. Then, just like that, Cats commit three turnovers in a row. Louisville now up 20-18 at 7:06 mark of first half.

- Kentucky leads 18-16 at 9:08 mark. Cats went on an 8-0 run to take an 18-12 lead. Louisville scored back-to-back baskets to cut the lead to two points. Kentucky has made seven of 17 shots. Louisville has made eight of 20.

- Kentucky started Willie Cauley-Stein in place of Alex Poythress and John Calipari’s choice seemed to work well early. Kentucky jumped to 7-4 lead. But Louisville has scored back-to-back buckets for an 8-7 lead at the 15:21 mark. Russ Smith earlier missed a wide-open fast break jam or Louisville would have a bigger lead.

- Dieng not starting. Zach Price starting for Cards.

- Gorgui Dieng does have a reddish wrap around his left wrist warming up.

- Gorgui Dieng’s parents are here at the Yum Center. Today will be the first time the natives of Senegal have had the opportunity to see him play basketball in college.

(Photo by John Clay)

- This will be the first time UK has worn blue uniforms this season.

- Officials today are Doug Shows, John Cahill and Ed Corbett.

- CBS is telecasting the game with Tim Brando handling play-by-play and Clark Kellogg and Greg Anthony providing the color.

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  1. steve skinman davis says:

    playing against 8 hard to win but free throws win games on road we make 3 overtime 4 win

  2. Mark Liptak says:

    Free throws, free throws, free throws. I can get 8th grade kids who can make them, but supposedly the top recruits in the country can’t.


    Absolutely cost them the game. The only real knock on Cal and one that he can’t seem to fix is free throw shooting. As good of a coach as he is, there has to be a way to correct this…maybe bring in a guy who is specifically a free throw shooting coach. They are out there.

    Hey, how would it hurt?

    Mark Liptak

  3. GW says:

    They have shown improvement. They will continue to get better by March. Everyone that is so negative about Alex Poythress need to look back at comments the last few years about T Jones. He will be fine eventually. Not all freshman adjust the same. We do pay Coach Cal a lot of $$$$ to coach so we have to trust him to do his job….unfortunately this state has several hundred thousand (if not millions) of expert basketball coaches.