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Russ Smith scored 21 points and Chane Behanan had 20 and No. 4 Louisville ended a four-game losing streak against rival Kentucky with an up-and-down 80-77 victory on Saturday.
Peyton Siva added 19 points as the Cardinals (12-1) won a hard-fought Battle of the Bluegrass. Though the Cardinals trail the series 30-15, their victory followed last spring's 69-61 national semifinal loss to the Wildcats, who went on to win their eighth national championship.
But Louisville had to withstand several charges from Kentucky to do so. The Wildcats trailed 51-34 but outscored the Cardinals 28-14 to get within 65-62 before Smith's two baskets keyed an 8-5 run to give Louisville some space.
Behanan sealed Louisville's win with late two dunks, the final one following his steal of a pass by Archie Goodwin with 18 seconds remaining.
Goodwin scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half for Kentucky (8-4).
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Russ Smith has been named Big East player of the week for the second time this season. Smith finished with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists in Louisville’s 80-77 win over Kentucky on Saturday.
In thirteen games this season, Russ is averaging 19.7 points per game, which ranks 19th nationally and 3rd in the Big East.
BIG EAST Player of the Week
RUSS SMITH, Louisville...
Louisville junior guard Russ Smith scored 21 points in 80-77 win over Kentucky on Saturday and becomes first Cardinal to receive the honor.
As I waited around the house today before departing for the airport to catch my flight to New Orelans, I re-watched Saturday’s Louisville vs. Kentucky game. Chane Behanan is just as deserving as Russ Smith for Big East player of the week. Behanan was the best player on the floor on Saturday. Here is an awesome highlight mix from Saturday’s game.
U of L sophomore Chane Behanan tied career bests in assists and steals, while also scoring 20 in the Cardinals victory over Kentucky on Saturday. Here's a look at the complete notebook from the 80-77 rivalry win.
In front of a hostile and record crowd, the Kentucky Wildcats rallied from 17 down but ended up losing to Louisville, 80-77.
Chane Behanan was by far the most impressive player on both sides of the ball. He dominated on the offensive and defensive side of the ball all night long. Early in the game he seemed to play with almost to much emotion and energy, but then again, that...
Kentucky averages five made three points shots per game and Louisville gives up that average on the season, but UK connected on 10 from deep against the Cards.
Not only was the game close in points, but other areas as well. Cards lost rebounding battle just 35/38; both teams with 21 personal fouls; Louisville finished with one more assist on the night 11/10; UK with one more...
Cardinal Authority has post game reaction from the Louisville locker room following the Cardinals 80-77 win over Kentucky, including Chane Behanan's first comments of the season.
When looking at how Louisville and Kentucky match-up with each other, it’s more important to look at which team will get more out of each position. With Louisville playing more of match-up zone than a man-to-man defense it’s not necessarily about 1-on-1 matchups.
The power forward position will be as evenly matched as any position on the floor tomorrow. Both teams will likely...