- Saturday, December 26 1998 -
Kentucky - 74 (Head Coach: Orlando Smith) - [Ranked 3rd by AP]
Louisville - 83 (Head Coach: Denny Crum) - [Unranked]
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Halftime Score: Louisville 47, Kentucky 40
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|Duke 60 - 71|||||Tennessee State 97 - 47|
Game Writeup - Courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Neil Burch; Dr. J's UK Newsletter, Vol. 8 No. 24. (All Rights Reserved)
What More Motivation Do You Need?:
The listless 3rd ranked Wildcats lost their 2nd consecutive game to the Louisville Cardinals, this time by an 83-74 score in Louisville's Freedom Hall. UK had not lost 2 consecutive games since Feb 9 and 12, 1994, against Arkansas and Syracuse. The game was televised by CBS.
Kentucky played the Cards fairly closely in the 1st half, with a final surge by U of L in the final minutes producing the halftime margin of 47-40. During this time, Kentucky played tentatively, refusing open shots to try to get something better, almost always with the result being a turnover or bad shot. Louisville looked like the old Kentucky at times, scoring mostly off transition rather than waiting for a half-court setup. Midway through the half, UK led 25-18 (its largest lead of the day) after a pair of layups by Turner. But FTs and a layup by N Johnson gave the Cards a 26-25 edge. A Prince 3 made it 30-28 UK, but the game was quickly tied. Louisville leapt out to leads of 32-28 and 36-30 on a layup by Edwards and an E Johnson 3. Bradley and Magloire worked to cut the margin to 45-38, but Murray made a pair of FTs, and Maglorie had a tipin to produce the 7 pt Cardinal halftime lead. Ryan Hogan's 11 1st half pts were his highest as a Wildcat, but he did not score in the 2nd half.
U of L quickly built an 11 pt lead at 53-42 following a Williams 3, and it was 53-46 at the 1st TV timeout. An old-fashioned Padgett 3 and layup closed the gap to 55-51, but each time the Cats made a semi-run, the Cardinals answered. Turner was fouled on a drive and made 1 FT to make the score 59-53, but minutes later a Williams 3 opened it up to 66-55 at the next TV timeout. Maybin had a chance for a 4 pt play when he was fouled by Smith while making a 3, but he missed the FT (the score was 71-58 at this pt). Evans hit 2 FTs to produce the Duke score, 71-60, then Louisville rolled up to its largest lead of the day at 75-60 on FTs and a shot by Maybin. Louisville's lead bounced from 10-14 pts over the next few minutes, with Prince making a hook to cut it to 80-70 in the waning minutes. FTs by Williams and Maybin assured the win, with Magloire getting in a final dunk. Louisville's N Johnson attempted a dunk on a drive in the final seconds, but Magloire was back on defense and blocked the shot. The 2 had words, and there was some pushing and shoving after time had expired. The final score was 83-74 Louisville, the largest margin of victory for Louisville since 1988 when they won by 22. The Wildcats did not hit a single 3 in the 2nd half, going 0-11. Wayne Turner's 2 steals tied him with Tony Delk at 201, which is the UK career high for any player.
Wayne Turner (#5) tries to drive by Louisville's Nate Johnson as Scott Padgett (#34) looks on
Jamaal Magloire holds his ground against Louisville's Cameron Murray