Sweet 16 Highlights: (8) Kentucky 74 – (4) Louisville 69


NCAA Kentucky Louisville BasketballINDIANAPOLIS, IN – The state of Indiana was temporarily Northern Kentucky for two hours Friday night, as historical basketball powerhouses Kentucky and Louisville took their in-state rivalry into Lucas Oil Stadium with a berth in the Elite Eight on the line. The eighth-seeded Wildcats emerged victorious, defeating the defending champion Cardinals 74-69. Despite not leading since the first basket of the game, Kentucky took the lead in the final minutes of the second half with the help of good free-throw shooting and managed to hang on just long enough to knock off Louisville.

Three Kentucky Wildcats scored 15 points, while the Cardinals were led by Russ Smith and Luke Hancock’s 42 combined points in the loss. Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field, and in the end it was Kentucky’s 81 percent free throw percentage that carried the Wildcats to victory despite losing Willie Cauley-Stein to an injury early in the game. Kentucky advances to face No. 2-seeded Michigan in the regional final Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four.

Kevin Kugler and P.J. Carlesimo called the action on WestwoodOne Sports.

(Louisville jumps out ahead and Montrezl Harrell slams it home)

(Aaron Harrison gets Kentucky back in it with a three)

(Luke Hancock keeps Louisville ahead with a powerful dunk)

(Kentucky’s Alex Poythress gets the bucket and a foul to tie the game at 66)

(Russ Smith drives the lane and sinks a runner to take back the lead

(Harrison buries another three with 35 seconds left to put Kentucky ahead)

(Smith tries to answer but can’t hit the three with seconds left)

(The final call as Kentucky knocks off the defending champions)

(Postgame interview with Kentucky’s Julius Randle)

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