The 16th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats picked up their third straight victory with a dominant performance over rival Louisville by a final score of 71-58.
The Wildcats are now 10-2 and have won three straight following their overtime loss to Seton Hall.
This was the Cats’ second-straight win over Louisville and John Calipari’s 10th win over the Cardinals while at UK, improving his record to 10-2 overall.
It was Tyler Herro who stole the show today for Kentucky, dropping a career-high 24 points and also grabbed five rebounds.
Ashton Hagans also impressed yet again with a season-high 11 points and another multiple-steal game with three.
Keldon Johnson kept up his hot play as well dropping 15 points with seven rebounds.
Louisville, despite not being on Kentucky’s level,was much better than the team Kentucky saw a year ago. Christen Cunningham led the way for the Cardinals with 20.
The difference in the game was points in the paint. Kentucky outscored Louisville 42-22 in that department.
Here are the best social media reactions to the Cats win over their rivals.
You only out scored our football team by 2 points ahahahahahahahahahahaha @LouisvilleMBB— ✖️isaiah.✖️ (@FourWitTheFive) December 29, 2018
ASHTON HAGANS— UPMΛN™ (@WenyenGabriel) December 29, 2018
Dang refs hate both teams.— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) December 29, 2018
tyler herro just looks like that dude you hate to hoop with at the Y— cherp (@cherp_8) December 29, 2018
Is this the Bahamas?— John Clay (@johnclayiv) December 29, 2018
I think Tyler Herro just went Kevin Knox at WVU— Curtis Burch (@curtisburch) December 29, 2018
UK 29, UL 17 | 1H, 6:56— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 29, 2018
Bang!!! @raf_tyler hits another shot, this one a 3, to stretch the run to 9-0. Louisville needs a timeout.
Herro has 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He's on pic.twitter.com/AuZHPeEc5U
Foul on Immanuel Quickley.— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 29, 2018
No, really. pic.twitter.com/7dzOhMBIVg
That Offensive Foul on Quickley is one of the worst calls I have ever seen— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 29, 2018
Herro was more productive than any player on the floor during the first half but that shot at the end was a pure boneheaded play.— John Morgan Francis (@MonJorgan) December 29, 2018
Ha. That was just a brute-force bucket by Travis there over Enoch. Powered it up, missed, literally just clubbed it back up and in. "I mean," said one U of L fan behind me, "what can you even do?"— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 29, 2018
NBA Scouts at UK/UL game:— Tres Terrell (@TerrellTres) December 29, 2018
Officiating brutal for both sides today. Disappointing for one of the better college basketball matchups this season.— John Morgan Francis (@MonJorgan) December 29, 2018
And also chanting "F--- Dan Dakich." I don't necessarily support this behavior, but Dakich loves being hated and takes great care to foster that reaction to him. https://t.co/PfAfEbuPtm— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) December 29, 2018
Our dudes are battling out there. I love it— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) December 29, 2018
Louisville gets transfers from Sanford and Kentucky gets transfers from Stanford, really all you need to know about the talent imbalance currently at the two schools.— Patric Geary (@PatricGeary92) December 29, 2018
Call it Camp Cal, Quade leaving or whatever, but these last two games have shown such a different UK team in all aspects of play— Vaughts' Views (@vaughtsviews) December 29, 2018
My in-depth analysis of this game is that Kentucky has much better players.— Justin Rowland (@RowlandRIVALS) December 29, 2018
Ashton Hagans makes this Kentucky group an entirely different team. Just so active defensively, and took care of the ball against Louisville today. He ignited the Wildcats defensively, and Tyler Herro carried them offensively, especially early on. Kentucky clicking entering SEC.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) December 29, 2018
Probably going to watch their Cards in a bowl game....— gary waller (@gello5) December 29, 2018