It’s no secret that a lot of fouls were called in yesterdays game. There were 52 called to be exact. Doesn’t that seem a bit ridiculous?
The only reasonable explanation I can think of for so many fouls to be called is to avoid a Cinncinnatti-Xavier type fiasco, or the referees were just simply horrible. Why don’t they have to answer to anyone about the fouls they called? I would personally like to see a referee being interviewed after the game. “Yes, Mr. Greene, what the hell is your problem?”
When that many fouls are called, it is impossible to get any type of game flow going. You end up with several scrappy possessions and not a very good shooting game. This was proven by the Wildcats’ shooting percentage of 29.
While there were a lot of fouls called, that is NOT the reason Louisville lost. Many of my Louisville “friends” were blaming the entire loss on the referees. Not that I expect anything but excuses from Louisville fans but the referees were bad for both teams. Kentucky’s 43-27 free throw advantage did not have everything to do with Kentucky winning the game ….
In a game with such horrible offense, the main thing that can save you is obviously defense. Kentucky had 20 offensive rebounds and Louisville only had 21 defensive rebounds. Kentucky also held Louisville to 10 offensive rebounds, so they weren’t able to get a lot of second chance points. Kentucky held Louisville to a shooting percentage of 32.
A lot of the rebounding came from Kentucky’s main man Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. I don’t have to tell you how important he was to the win because all of you watched the game, it’s pretty obvious how important he was. Kidd-Gilchrist had 24 points and 19 rebounds. He was one rebound shy of the freshmen record set in ’88 by Chris Mills.
And even though Kidd-Gilchrist practically out-rebounded the entire starting lineup for Louisville, lets not forget that if Behanan hadn’t gotten into foul trouble, it would of been a completely different game ………………