Kentucky survived late mental errors and a Louisville charge to take a narrow 75-73 win over its in-state rival on Saturday afternoon.
The Wildcats (10-2) did not make a field goal in the final 2:46, but the Cardinals missed a potential game-winning three-pointer with 0:02 remaining to seal a win in Kentucky’s final game of 2015.
John Calipari’s team has now won four straight — and eight of the past nine — against Rick Pitino’s squad.
The turning point: Down two points, Louisville had the ball with 12.4 seconds remaining, but Damion Lee missed a three-pointer with two ticks left.
MVP: Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis. The Wildcats’ leader tied a career high with 21 points (four three-pointers) while dishing eight assists and committing just one turnover. He was the steady hand while much of the team fell apart down the stretch.
Memorable moment: Calipari and Louisville coach Rick Pitino both picked up technicals in the first half, a sequence that included a nasty blocked dunk by Kentucky’s Alex Poythress.
Starting lineup: Tyler Ulis, Charles Matthews, Jamal Murray, Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee
Off the bench: Skal Labissiere, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder
Cleaning up the glass: Freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe turned his ankle in the pre-game warmups and did not play … Freshman guard Jamal Murray shot 3-for-14 while collecting 12 points, six rebounds and seven turnovers … The Wildcats shot 11-for-23 (47.8 percent) from three-point range … Louisville outrebounded Kentucky 39-29.
What’s next: No. 12 Kentucky vs. Ole Miss — Sat., Jan. 2 (SEC Network)