Print and Go Back ESPN.com: College Basketball Nation [Print without images]

Saturday, January 2, 2010
Uneven first half in Kentucky

By Andy Katz

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Well, that was eventful.

The first 45 seconds of the Louisville-Kentucky game included Edgar Sosa jawing at the Wildcats' bench and a rugby-like scrum with Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins and Louisville’s Jared Swopshire and Reginald Delk, resulting in technical fouls for all three.

Through the first 45 seconds neither team had attempted a shot and the game was scoreless.

The rest of the half looked like it was going to belong to Kentucky, even with the Wildcats unable to put together any sort of shooting spree. There was a point when Kentucky was 6 of 17 while the Cardinals were 1 of 17. Louisville missed its first 12 field goal attempts.

As you can see, there wasn’t much offense. The only consistent presence was Cousins diving on the floor, creating shots for his team and putting forth his best effort. Patrick Patterson deserved a nod as well as he finished the half with a dozen points and was 5 of 7 from the field. While Wall did breeze through the lane for a layup at one point, the Wildcats could never get their mojo going and clung to a 27-19 lead at the half as Louisville got hot at the end. I say that liberally as they made four more field goals, including a 3-pointer to finish 5 of 29 for the half. The two teams could not have played worse and the dozen Cardinals’ turnovers didn’t help their cause.

The intensity of the jawing from the first few minutes and the booing of Louisville coach Rick Pitino had subsided. So now its time to actually play the game in which neither team was doing well for the first 20 minutes.