“I said, guys, it's Christmas. This isn't the end-all game. It wasn't like we have to win this game. I said, let's just go play,” said Calipari.
UK was led by Freshman Tyler Ulis who scored a team-high 14 points off the bench, but it was the Wildcats defense that stood the test against the Cardinals high-powered offense. Louisville shot just 25 percent from the field, including 3-of-14 from three-point range. Terry Rozier led the Cards with 15 points and 8 rebounds.
“I like my freshman. I know there are other good freshman in the country, but I'll take mine,” said head coach John Calipari after the game.
Louisville took a 13-12 lead early, but Kentucky controlled the game the rest of the way by dominating the boards with a 46-33 rebounding advantage. Karl Anthony-Towns, Trey Lyles and Dakari Johnson each pulled in nine rebounds.
“It was a good win on the road. It was a physical game and it was a good game. I have a good team. I have a really good team and I have nine guys I'm going to continue to platoon,” said Calipari.
John Calipari improves to 7-1 against Louisville as head coach at UK. Based on the current rankings, Kentucky doesn't play a ranked team the rest of the regular season.
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