Louisville ends losing streak vs. Kentucky
Russ Smith ranked Louisville's 80-77 victory over Kentucky on Saturday as one of the five favorites of his career. Makes sense, considering he...
The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Russ Smith ranked Louisville's 80-77 victory over Kentucky on Saturday as one of the five favorites of his career.
Makes sense, considering he played a key role in ending the No. 4 Cardinals' four-game losing streak against the rival Wildcats.
Smith scored 21 points, including five of Louisville's final 13, and had seven rebounds to help the Cardinals hold off Kentucky in an up-and-down game.
"This one probably ranks as one of the top five biggest wins of my life," said the junior guard, whose list includes last season's NCAA regional final, the round of 16 and Louisville's two wins that clinched the Big East Conference championship last March.
"We're actually more happy for our fans than for ourselves," Smith said. " ... I guess revenge is the word, but it feels good beating the team that knocked you out of the Final Four."
Especially since that team, Kentucky (8-4), resides about 80 miles east and had recently owned the Battle of the Bluegrass.
Sophomore forward Chane Behanan had 20 points, seven rebounds and three steals, including a steal of Archie Goodwin's pass that led to Behanan's dunk with 18 seconds remaining that sealed the victory for Louisville (12-1). Before fouling out, Franklin High grad Peyton Siva added 19 points for the Cardinals.
Other Top 10
At No. 1 Duke 90,
Santa Clara 77
Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped the Blue Devils (12-0) pull away from the pesky Broncos (11-3).
At No. 2 Michigan 88,
Central Michigan 73
Trey Burke had 22 points and 10 assists as the Wolverines (13-0) finished their nonconference schedule with a victory over the Chippewas (7-6).
At No. 6 Kansas,
American University 57
Travis Releford scored 19 points and the Jayhawks (11-1) hit a scorching 13 of their first 18 three-point attempts, rolling to an easy victory over the Eagles (4-9).
At No. 9 Syracuse 57,
Alcorn State 36
C.J. Fair scored 13 points as the Orange (11-1) beat the Braves (2-13).
At No. 10 Ohio St. 87, Chicago St. 44
Deshaun Thomas scored 17 points and the Buckeyes (10-2) regained their shooting touch with a win over the Cougars (3-12).
• Connecticut gave coach Kevin Ollie a new contract that runs through the 2017-18 season. The deal is worth just under $7 million and begins Jan. 1. When Ollie was hired in September, he was signed for just one season.