Kentucky’s lead hovered around the ten point mark for most of the game before pulling away late in the second half to a lead as high as 16.
The Wildcats were led in scoring by Tyler Herro with 24 points, while PJ Washington dominated the paint with eight rebounds and four blocks. One thing you cannot measure is effort, and the entire Kentucky roster played their hearts out on Saturday. Kentucky was the most talented team on the court, and they were also the tougher of the two squads.
This was also the second-straight year in which Kentucky beat Louisville by double-digits after crushing the Cards in Rupp Arena last season. It also comes a month after Kentucky Football crushed the Cardinals in their own building.
Needless to say, this have been a rivalry Kentucky dominated in the two biggest sports over the last year.
Not only was this an intense rivalry game, but it was also Kentucky’s first true road test of the season. The KFC Yum! Center was hostile, and it is always interesting to see how first-year players respond to that type of environment.
Tyler Herro gladly played the role of the most hated guy in the building as he put up a career-high 24 points. Yes, he made four of six 3-pointers. But he did a lot of his work from driving and hitting mid-range jumpers.
While he has had several games scoring in double figures, this effort from Herro felt different. He seemed to be more comfortable putting the ball on the floor, yet maintained his confidence in his shot. To go along with his points, he added five rebounds and two steals.
Herro was the MVP and the hero of today’s game.
Kentucky 71, Louisville 58.— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 29, 2018
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