Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Calipari Believes Young Wildcats Are Growing Up

uk ul 300KENTUCKY (12/28/13) ― The University of Kentucky Wildcats prevailed against cross state rivals the Louisville Cardinals during the highest attended Rupp game of the season Saturday, Dec. 28 in Lexington. Attendance was recorded at 24,396, the ninth-best in Rupp Arena history.

Louisville started the game with an 8-0 run including a pair of 3-point baskets by Chris Jones. UK got on the board with a foul shot by Julius Randle at 17:38 followed by a driving dunk and short driving bank shot by Randle. That started a 12-2 Wildcat run capped by an Andrew Harrison three-point play at 14:24 that put Kentucky in the lead.

James Young swished UK's first 3-pointer at 10:40 putting the Wildcats up 17-16. Tied at 19, Kentucky went on a 15-6 run, moving ahead 34-25 for the largest lead of the first half.

UK led 41-36 at halftime including a 12-0 advantage on second-chance points. Randle's 17 points led all scorers.

After a Kentucky basket opened the second half, Louisville went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 43. After being tied again at 45, Kentucky got a 6-1 run to go up 51-46. Louisville responded with a 6-0 spurt to retake the lead at 52-51. Tied at 53, Uk had a 13-3 spurt to go up 66-56 ― the largest lead of the game ― forcing a pair of Cardinal timeouts.

Coach John Calipari said that his team “grew up today.”

“Again, guys, this is the youngest team I've ever coached, ever,” said Calipari. “ I'm learning.  Believe me when I tell you, I've never coached a team this young, and so there's so many things that we're doing, trying to figure out, as we go.”

UK led by at least five points the rest of the second half to the 73-66 win.

Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino said his team was outgunned from a physical standpoint.

“We had a shot in the second half, and missed free throws and a big defensive mistake in giving up the 3 (pointer),” said Pitino. “I give them credit, they did a good job against our pressure. Playing a couple of teams this year from a physical standpoint, we are getting outplayed in the three, four and five spots physically. Never mind the execution-wise, we are just getting taken on the backboard, taken inside and we have to improve in those areas.”

SurfKY News
Information provided by UK Athletics

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

April 16, 2014 19577

UPDATE- Sheriff's Office Following Leads…

in Top Stories by Taylor Riley, SurfKY News Reporter
April 17, 2014 4425

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 16, 2014 3233

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 17, 2014 3003

Meet The Hopkins County Magistrate…

in News by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 16, 2014 1770

Rand Paul - 'We Need a New President'

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

April 17, 2014 4425

KSP Nabs St. Charles Man Wanted by U.S.…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 18, 2014 1162

Talking Teen Trashed Telephone Pole,…

in Top Stories by MPD
April 18, 2014 928

Earlington Traffic Stop Results in Meth…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 19, 2014 775

Fifth Third on Main Street Comes Down

in Top Stories by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director
April 17, 2014 752

Center Street-Island Ford Connector in…

in Top Stories by Rebecca Hanchett

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

April 16, 2014 1047

New Home Health Care Opens in Owensboro

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 988

Daviess County School Board Hears…

in News by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News
April 18, 2014 937

One Arrested, Another Injured in Single…

in News by J.D. Marksberry
April 16, 2014 821

DCPS to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

in News by Lora Wimsatt
April 17, 2014 310

Owensboro Public Works Declares 'War on…

in Top Stories by Abby Shelton

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

April 16, 2014 3233

Sheriff's Deputies Nab Central City…

in Top Stories by Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 16, 2014 1407

South Carrollton Woman Injured in Head-on…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 1374

Bremen Man Charged for Possession of…

in Top Stories by Muhlenberg Sheriff Curtis McGehee
April 16, 2014 1247

Three Injured in Kentucky 70 Collision

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
April 17, 2014 1198

Watson Family Tragedy Inspires Muhlenberg…

in Top Stories by Paul McRee, SurfKY News Reporter

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03