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Cards no match for Cats in 95-76 defeat

Now comes the interesting part.

Kentucky v Louisville Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

It was fun for about eight minutes, but whether you were wearing red or blue Thursday night, you knew what was coming.

Kentucky closed the first half on a 14-2 run, carried a 20-point lead into the locker room, and was never really challenged in the second half on their way to a 95-76 victory over Louisville in the annual meeting between the two in-state rivals.

The Wildcats were paced by senior guard Antonio Reeves, who buried 4-of-5 three-point attempts and dropped a game-high 30 points. As a team, UK went 12-of-15 from deep, coming up one three-pointer shy of matching their record in a game against Louisville.

Skyy Clark led a trio double figure Louisville scorers with 20 points. Mike James added 12 points, while Brandon Huntley-Hatfield produced a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Kenny Payne said this week that he just wanted to beat John Calipari by 1-point, and in the end he did ... in the second half. So that’s something.

On to whatever the next day or two holds.