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It’s a bad sign when the only thing you can remember about the game against your most hated rival is the absolutely insane amount of fouls that were called. My wife constantly accuses me of complaining about officiating when things aren’t going right for my favorite teams, which is true, but in this circumstance I wasn’t simply being irrational. The officials never let the game get into any kind of flow, blowing the whistle 52 times on the day. That’s over one foul for each minute of game action. Of course Tony Greene was officiating, so I guess it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise.
Even though the zebras seemingly dominated the action, the star of the game for Kentucky was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The freshman forward scored 16 first half points when no one else could throw the ball in the ocean. Gilchrist drove to the basket with a purpose, made open jumpers, and rebounded like a man possessed. He finished the game with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Not bad for your 6’7” forward.
Anthony Davis once again dominated the paint for the Cats in the second half after only seeing the floor for seven minutes in the first stanza due to foul trouble. Davis finished the contest with 18 points and 10 rebounds, making 12 of 13 free throws. His presence in the second half made scoring that much more difficult for Louisville, who was having quite a time of it already.
Overall, it wasn’t a great performance for either team, but as coach John Calipari said after the game it is quite impressive to be able to get the win when you shoot under 30 percent and commit over 20 turnovers. Not to mention a disappearing act by Doron Lamb and enough foul trouble to last a season. As Kentucky fans we can be very hard to please, but I think everyone would agree it is always a thing of beauty when you beat Louisville.