UK didn't rise to occasion

By BRIAN RICKERD State Journal Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE - Question: Why would the Kentucky Wildcats look lethargic against dreaded rival Louisville?

Related question: Why would the Wildcats, who came into Saturday's game billed as the 'experienced' team, be the one to back off when Louisville Cardinals made their charge the last 30 minutes of the game?

Those are the questions that must nag Kentucky fans following the 81-63 loss to Louisville Saturday afternoon at Freedom Hall.

The score is bad enough, but it's the WAY the meager Wildcats backed down that's a concern. It's a concern even more than Louisville's edge in shooting, second-half edge in rebounding, edge in assists, in blocked shots, in steals...

The Cardinals' statistical advantages are merely a result of the emotional differences between 14th-ranked Kentucky and unranked Louisville.

Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and company talked afterward of timid-ness and selfishness and indicated that on this one afternoon at least there were chemistry problems in the UK camp.

For more on this story, see today's State Journal.

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