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Carlik Jones, David Johnson named Battle of the Bluegrass game MVP

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A deserved honor for the grad transfer.

NCAA Basketball: Kentucky at Louisville Louisville Courier-Journal-USA TODAY Sports

A very much-deserved honor for the Cardinal backcourt.

Here’s the release from the Bluegrass Sports Commission:

The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) have named Louisville senior Carlik Jones and sophomore David Johnson the Most Valuable Players of today’s men’s basketball game between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center.

Jones led all scorers with a game-high 20 points, including a pair of free throws in the final seconds to give UofL the lead for good. The Cincinnati native also recorded five rebounds and two assists in the 62-59 Cardinal win. Johnson added 17 points, seven rebounds and four assists, going 3-for-4 from behind the arc.

Louisville improves to 6-1 on the year, while Kentucky falls to 1-6.

The duo’s honor adds them to the list of previous award winners in Josh Harrellson (UK-2010), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (UK-2011), Russ Smith (UofL-2012), James Young (UK-2013), Tyler Ulis (UK-2014/2015), Quentin Snider (UofL-2016), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (UK-2017), Tyler Herro (2018), and Tyrese Maxey (2019).

This award winner, which is presented annually, was selected by a committee of the BSC Board of Directors.