All is good in this Big Blue household as the Cats put on a clinic today at the YUM! Center. Guess all the hatin’ going on this week was put to good use as the Cats were the superior team, winning the first matchup of Cats vs. Cards in the new arena 78-63.
There are two stories to this game, perhaps three. We will start with the surprising one that couldn’t have happened to a better person. Josh Harrellson had himself a day folks. A career day. Harrellson dominated the paint, the boards and even was able to stroke it from deep. Harrellson finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds (6 offensive) to go along with 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.
The other story was the pressure defense of DeAndre Liggins. In the first half his task was simple, glue yourself to Peyton Siva. Liggins did just that holding Siva to just 6 points for the game and not allowing him to run the offense effective. At this same time Preston Knowles was starting to make shots so Coach Cal assigned Liggins to him and had the same result. The Cats defense as a whole was stellar today and everyone should pat themselves on their backs.
Brandon Knight played well within the offense and showed poise the entire game despite Louisville trying to disrupt him bringing the ball up the court. Knight finished with a team high 25 on 7-13 shooting and 4 assists.
UK’s Jones also stepped his play up late in the game finishing with 12 points and 6 rebounds.
Some other notables:
– UL fans welcomed the Cats players during intros by throwing fake money in the air. Classy.
– The Cats shot 50% from the floor and 37.5% from 3. Conversely, Louisville went for 46% FG and 40% from three.
– The Cats out-rebounded the Cards 36 to 25
– UK was 14-16 from the free-throw line for 87.5%, UL just 5-11 for 45%
We will have more from the game later. Now enjoy your day! Stay safe out there tonight and rub it in every chance you get!