"I don't like the outcome, but it was one heck of a basketball game", said North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who has never coached against a player who scored as many points as Monk in his 29-year coaching career.
Louisville held Monk to only 16 points, some 31 fewer than he put up last Saturday, in the 73-70 win over Kentucky, delivering to Rick Pitino just his second victory in 10 meetings with a John Calipari-coached United Kingdom squad.
Coming into the game, Quentin Snider was shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point range in Louisville's first 11 games.
Adebayo was just 1-for-6 at the foul line. Last season, Allen had a couple of tripping incidences and drew a reprimand from the Atlantic Coast Conference following an end-of-game flare-up against Florida State. The first was defined by Kentucky's up-tempo offense. In the two games in which they have played ranked opponents ( Baylor and Purdue), the Cards have shot 36% and 39% respectively.
"It's a great win for them". UK's game is not shooting jumpers one after another.
And it was his trey that pushed the Cards ahead 47-43 before the first stoppage of the second half. The Tar Heels hit 62 percent of their shots while outscoring the Panthers, 52-16 after intermission. One with two hands and the second with just one hand. He would sit out the rest of the half. Louisville is averaging 78.5 points per game. If Louisville can jump out to an early lead, the home crowd will be rocking, and the young United Kingdom guns might get flustered. The Cardinals had surged from 14-20 down to a 29-22 lead.
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Kentucky's Derek Willis then ended the drought with a baseline jumper, and the Wildcats found their footing. De'Aaron Fox led the Kentucky Wildcats with 21 points. "It'll be easier for Louisville to get their tempo".
Snider leads the Cardinals in points and assists with 11.9 points and 3.9 assists per game. The Cardinals took a 22-20 lead with 11:07 left on a three by Adel in transition.
Among the highlights of the game for Kentucky were a pair of highlight-reel crams by Adebayo over Louisville forward Anas Mahmoud. Aside from Pitino's well-known tendency for hyperbole and misdirection, it just didn't seem like the right strategy for the Cards to employ against a team that is capable of scoring three seconds after inbounding the ball.
Louisville's first five did just that, combining for 67 of their 73 points and 28 of their 40 total rebounds. An 8-0 run forced Calipari to call timeout with the home crowd rocking.
"I know my coach believes in me and he just said to go out there and play", Snider said, agreeing with a reporter that this was his best collegiate game.
But don't take my word for it. Watch the game, and decide for yourself. It's not that far from here to 1-3, though, especially as Louisville attempts to discover whether there is a player who can help drive the offense to a level approaching the sublime defense. Though a Malik Monk three brought the score to 71-70 in favor of the home team, Louisville, the Cardinals sunk two free throws with seconds remaining. Adel's turnover then led to a Kentucky breakout. Monk was 6-of-17 from the floor (1-of-9 from beyond the arc) and still, the Cats had a triple in the air at the buzzer that would have forced overtime. He hit one of two. He drilled a 26-footer to chop the lead back to one. Center - while Malik Monk's 47-point outburst against UNC was truly a blessing to United Kingdom fans and college basketball fans in general, it was also a curse to the young team moving forward.