Three. With Kentucky having also beaten Louisville 56-10 in football last month, this is the third time since UK and U of L began their modern football series in 1994 that the Wildcats have won both the men’s basketball and football contests over the Cardinals in the same school year.
The other times were in 2009-10 (31-27 football; 71-62 basketball) and 2010-11 (23-16 football; 78-63 basketball).
The U of L student section fired up a pregame chant of “Where is Quade?” in reference to the recently transferred, former UK guard Quade Green.
U of L held a moment of silence before the national anthem for Louisville police officer Deidre Mengedoht, who was killed in the line of duty Christmas Eve.
In the final TV timeout of the first half, new Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield and former U of L men’s hoops coach Denny
Crum were shown on the giant video screens. Satterfield
AAAgot a polite cheer, Crum a roar.
As reflected by the roar every time Kentucky scored, there was a lot of blue in the KFC Yum Center.
No. 16 Kentucky (10-2) will travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama (8-3) next Saturday (Jan. 5) at 1 p.m. EST in a game that will be telecast on ESPN. It will be the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
KNOW YOUR FOE
1. Coach Avery Johnson’s Crimson Tide have home victories over Murray State (78-72 Nov. 26) and Arizona (76-73 Dec. 9) and a neutral-court win over Wichita State (90-86 Nov. 18).
2. The Crimson Tide’s three losses came on a neutral court to Northeastern (68-52 Nov. 15), on the road at Central Florida (70-64 Nov. 29) and at home to Georgia State (83-80 Dec. 4).
3. Since becoming head coach at Alabama in 2015-16, Johnson is 0-7 against Kentucky.
Mark Story: 859-231-3230, @markcstory