Louisville’s 80 points were the most scored by either team in the series since Jan. 5, 2008. Louisville won that contest, 89-75, in Rupp Arena.
The Cardinals snapped a four-game losing streak to the Wildcats with the 80-77 victory. A 74-71 win on Jan. 4, 2009 in Freedom Hall was the last Cardinal victory in the series before today.
Louisville center Gorgui Dieng made his first appearance back since the Cardinals played Missouri on Nov. 23. Dieng missed seven games during that span. Dieng, who had two blocks in the win, continued his streak of swatting a shot in all six games played this season. He has now blocked a shot in 67 of 75 career games, including 48 with multiple blocks (three of six have taken place this year).
The Cardinals have now scored 344 of their 1,017 points off turnovers (34 percent). The Cardinals have forced an average of 20.9 turnovers a game for a turnover margin of +8.4.
Peyton Siva was the only Cardinal to attempt a 3-point shot in the first half. Siva was 2 of 3 from beyond the arc, finishing with 10 points in the half. It is the first time this season that only one player has attempted a 3-point shot in the first half.
Chane Behanan dished out a season-high three assists against Kentucky. The total also tied his career high, which he set against Providence on Jan. 10, 2012.
Behanan also tied season career highs with three steals against the Wildcats. He has now recorded three steals four times in his career.
Montrezl Harrell knocked down a career-high five free throws, going 5 of 6 from the line against UK. Harrell’s previous career best was 4 of 6 against UMKC on Dec. 8.
Russ Smith scored 21 points in the win, giving him double figures for the 13th-consecutive game. It was his sixth game of the season with 20 or more points. Smith also has led the Cardinals in scoring in 11 of U of L’s 13 games.
It’s the second time this season the Cardinals have turned the ball over less than 10 times, finishing with just nine turnovers.
It’s the second time Louisville had two players finish with more than 20 points apiece in a game. Russ Smith had a team-high 21 and Chane Behanan finished with 19 on 6-of-11 shooting. The other occasion took place against Illinois State, when Smith had 24 and Peyton Siva had a season-high 20 points.
It’s only the fourth time this season Louisville has been outrebounded (39-36). However, the Cardinals are 4-0 when losing the battle on the glass.
The Cardinals attempted a season-low seven 3-point field goals, but made three for a 42.9 percent clip.
The Cardinals made 15 field goals in both the first and second halves, marking just the second time Louisville has accomplished the feat. The only other game this season the Cardinals have made at least 15 field goals in both halves was against Missouri-Kansas City (Dec. 8), as the team knocked down 20 in the first and 17 in the second.