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No. 6 Kentucky slips to rival No. 10 Louisville

2018 days ago
Associated Press
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- �� Quentin Snider scored a career-high 22 points, including a key drive with 1:44 remaining, and Jaylen Johnson and Donovan Mitchell combined for four points in the final 16 seconds to help No. 10 Louisville beat No. 6 Kentucky 73-70 on Wednesday night in the 50th battle for Bluegrass bragging rights.

After managing just two rebounds in 28 minutes last year in Lexington, Snider rebounded with 10-of-19 shooting to help the Cardinals earn a signature win against their in-state rival. But he needed help down the stretch with Johnson's layup with 16 seconds left and Mitchell's two free throws with 8 seconds left for a three-point edge that helped end a four-game losing streak in the series.

Malik Monk's 3-point attempt to tie for Kentucky bounced off the front of the rim with 3 seconds left, and Deng Adel grabbed the rebound to seal the win for Louisville (11-1).

The tense ending was fitting in a thriller that featured 10 ties and nine lead changes between foes located about 80 miles apart.

De'Aaron Fox led Kentucky (10-2) with 21 points while Monk had 16 a game after scoring a freshman-record 47 against North Carolina.

THE BIG PICTURE

Kentucky: The Wildcats played their normal fast pace and got needed contributions from Derek Willis to weather the final 8:52 of the first half with Monk sidelined by two fouls. But the Wildcats shot just 40 percent from the field and were outrebounded 40-36.

Louisville: Snider and Adel (season-best 18 points) provided big first-half lifts for Louisville, which shot 47 percent from the field while holding Kentucky to 39 percent. The Cardinals outrebounded the Wildcats 21-17, just what they needed to compete. Louisville shot 43 percent.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Kentucky: The Wildcats remain a Top 10 team but could drop a couple of spots with the loss. Louisville followed up Top 10 status with the signature victory it sought against a rival that had owned the series and could move up in the Top 10.

UP NEXT

Kentucky: Begins defense of its SEC championship on Dec. 29 at Mississippi. The Wildcats lead the series 104-13 and have won the last seven against the Rebels.

Louisville: Hosts No. 12 Virginia on Dec. 28 in the ACC opener for both schools. The Cardinals have lost three of four to the Cavaliers since joining the conference.