Found December 31, 2012 on
BrettThe poor start to Kentucky’s season continued on Saturday as the Wildcats fell to Louisville 80-77. With the loss, the Wildcats fell to 8-4. During the game, Kentucky successfully pulled something off I thought I would never see in a college basketball game. The Wildcats pulled the free throw switcheroo, right in front of the referees.
With 1:05 left in the first half, the referees called a foul on Louisville’s Russ Smith for hooking the arm of Nerlens Noel on an attempted steal. Noel then headed to the free throw line before slowly walking off and allowing Poythress to take the shots. It appears as though Kentucky was hoping to add two extra points by allowing the better free throw shooter of Poythress take the shots.
Coming into the game, Noel was shooting 53.3 percent at the foul line while Poythress was shooting 68.1 percent. Poythress made his first free throw and missed his second. In the end, none of this mattered because Louisville pulled out and beat Kentucky by three.
Some are suggesting that Poythress thought he drew a blocking foul on Montrezl Harrell and that is why he took the free throw shots. However, in the video you can clearly see the referee point at Smith after he hooks Noel’s arm.
Kentucky issued a statement saying that the team did not try to intentionally trick the referees. The statement also claims that the official scorer notified the team that number 22, Poythress, was the free throw shooter.
Kentucky is claiming this was just a big mix up.
Check out the video below and decide for yourself:
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari pulled off a doozie of a substitution at the KFC Yum! Center on Saturday. However, this one wasn't of the legal variety. Russ Smith of Louisville fouled Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel in the lane late in the first half Saturday. The ref points at Smith, and the box score has a foul charged to Smith. Noel, a 52 percent foul shooter, steps to the line...
Via Kentucky Sports Radio:
Kentucky Sports Radio first broke the story with Coach Cals response about the alleged “Free Throw Switch-a-roo” in Kentucky’s recent Louisville game where Alex Poythress Stepped to the line to shoot free throw for Nerlens Noel. Per KSR, a spokesperson for UK commented on the incident saying the the Wildcat bench thought that Poythress was fouled...
John Calipari has been called a few non-PG names during his twenty year head coaching career, with many backed up by vacated wins and titles. Once again, a move by his latest team has those wondering if the Kentucky Wildcats’ coach knowingly attempted to break the rules, succeeding in doing so, prompting the ‘cheater’ tag to once again rear its ugly head.
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Via Big Lead:
In the big match up between Calipari’s Wildcats and in-state rival Louisville Cardinals, Calipari pulled of a rare trick we often do not see in basktball. Late in the first half, Louisville’s Russ Smith fouled Nerlens Noel, a 52% free throw shooter. Noel calmly steps to the line, but turns around as if to get instruction from Coach Cal while Alex Poythress calmly...
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.
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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.
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...
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...
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.
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...