Louisville vs. Kentucky: Live Score, Analysis, Updates

Thad NovakCorrespondent IDecember 28, 2013

Dec 28, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison (5) shoots against Louisville Cardinals forward/center Mangok Mathiang (12) during the first half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports
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The No. 18 Kentucky Wildcats earned their biggest win of the season on Saturday, taking down No. 6 Louisville at Rupp Arena by a 73-66 final score. Julius Randle missed much of the second half with cramps, but still scored 17 points.

With Randle out, Kentucky's wing players stepped up, as Andrew Harrison and James Young tied for the team lead with 18 points apiece. Young was the hero of the day for the 'Cats, as he added 10 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

Russ Smith scored 19 for Louisville in the losing effort, but it took him 20 shots to do it (he made seven). Other than Smith and Chris Jones (18 points on 7-for-13 shooting), the Cardinals had no offense to speak of and had to rely on their foul shooting down the stretch.

Kentucky's size made a major impact on the glass, with the Wildcats winning the rebounding battle by a 44-36 margin. Louisville, meanwhile, couldn't get its trademark pressure up to speed, forcing just 11 turnovers (and just four after halftime) while committing 13 of its own.