The Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry lived up to the hype for another year.
Each side had their share of runs, exciting dunks and strenuous situations. The Cardinals came out on top for the first time in three years, 80-77.
Despite Louisville opening as 7.5 point favorites (per OddsShark), Kentucky stayed in the game throughout. The young Wildcats showed a resiliency that we did not see in previous losses to Notre Dame and Baylor.
However, this game could have been a win. Kentucky missed the freebies, going 11-of-23 from the line. Four more makes from the foul line would have made this an entirely different ball game.
Good was mixed with the bad in the Battle of the Bluegrass on Dec. 29. Louisville's pressure proved to be too much for Kentucky.
Here are my postgame grades for the Wildcats.
All statistics via ESPN.com.