The Bearcats fell to Louisville 58-57 when Russ Smith hit a rainbow jumper with 2 seconds remaining. Smith assisted on two baskets then hit the game winner on Louisville's last 3 possessions. Just a gut punch ending on a very intense, very hardly contested contest.
Can't understate how huge Sean Kilpatrick was in this one. He passed the 2,000 point mark by putting the Bearcats on his back with 22 second half points. Kilpatrick scored 13 in a row for UC at one point. He put on a damn show. Love you, SK.
This was a tough one for the Cats. Sometimes you get beat. No shame in that. No shame in losing to one of the best teams in the nation in the final seconds. There are a lot of things that deserve some questioning like why was Rubles on Russ the last 2 possessions and how big was that last timeout with 2 minutes left and jesus christ the officials. The team fights hard. They have their problems. Their very visible problems that showed up today for that matter. But despite those problems, they fight just as hard as anyone in the nation. Hope we get UC vs Louisville III in Memphis.
The officiating could spawn 4,000 words on how awful they were. The murders in the lane that led to touch fouls. Shaq Thomas had his wrist injured to a no call, but a bump is called on the next trip. It was pathetic both ways. The most glaring pathetic display was when Russ Smith lost the ball off his foot but it ended up hitting Thomas' ankle. The officials spent a couple minutes to reverse the call. Then they reviewed the reversal. This took nearly 8 minutes. The ball went back to Louisville. A joke. The officiating was so bad that this just happened.
11-6 UofL 17-9
4-0 UL 21-9
10-1 UC 22-19
22 Louisville 19 Cincinnati - HALF
7-5 UC 27-26
11-9 UL 38-35
9-3 UL 47-38
10-4 UC 51-48
9-7 UC 58-57
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