During the John Calipari era, there have been many feisty matchups between the Cats and the Cards, and it won’t stop in the future.
Well, in Thursday night's game against the Cardinals, Reed Sheppard got a bloody face, and many fans remembered when Tyler Ulis had the same problem. That happened in the 2014-15 season when Kentucky went on to defeat Louisville 58-50 and advanced to 13-0 on the season.
Ironically enough, Ulis was on the bench this time around as an assistant coach to watch Sheppard have his special night in the Yum Center.
Face cuts bode well for the Cats vs. Louisville... pic.twitter.com/KuWxcgzrhH— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) December 21, 2023
Ulis and Sheppard put up similar stats in the scoring department, as Ulis went off for 14 of the 58 points scored in the game. As for Sheppard, he had a double-double and went off for 11 points and 11 assists.
With Sheppard impacting the game with both scoring and playmaking, he now has the most assists ever in the Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry with 11 assists.
If Sheppard can continue to impact the game as he has, Kentucky could make another magical run in the NCAA Tournament like what Ulis and his teammates did in the 2014-15 season, who had the last Final Four appearance for the program.
Kentucky now sits at 9-2 on the season and is ranked No. 9 in the AP Top 25 with a whole conference season to go. Sheppard has a great chance to move himself up the NBA Draft boards while helping Kentucky make a deep run into the NCAA Tournament.