Kentucky clawed back from a 17-point deficit in the 2nd half to give the #4 ranked Louisville Cardinals a run for their money late in the game. The comeback effort came up just short as Kentucky couldn’t convert from the free throw line and committed some costly late game turnovers. Two freshmen, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein, were both instrumental in the late 2nd half push. Goodwin hit big shots down the stretch to chip away at the lead and Cauley-Stein was all over the court on both ends, setting the standard for the necessary effort for this Kentucky team. In the final minutes though, Cauley-Stein faltered on the free throw line and Goodwin made a few poor decisions.
The good news? We have ourselves a point guard. Ryan Harrow had a solid game from start to finish. The bad news? Alex Poythress was a complete non-factor.
Louisville played well and for large stretches proved that they were the better team. But…this Kentucky team won’t be a team anyone will be happy to see in March.
80-77 Louisville. You can have this one. #L1C4 finally makes sense…Louisville’s record against Cal at Kentucky, 1-4.