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By LARRY VAUGHT
The two teams were called for 52 fouls (29 Louisville, 23 Kentucky) and combined to shot 70 free throws (43 by Kentucky, 27 by Louisville) in a game that took 2 hours, 20 minutes to complete.
â€œWell, we fouled because they were dumb fouls. Doron (Lamb) grabbed a guy’s arm for a fourth foul. You know why? Because he didn’t aggressively come back to meet the pass. He’s in the slow motor moving, moves away from the ball. He grabbed him,â€ Kentucky coach John Calipari said. â€œMarquis Teague, we’re forcing him to the right. The kid went left, he fouled on him (for his fourth foul). Why would you do that?
That’s not how we’re playing. We just did a lot of that kind of stuff.â€
Louisville coach Rick Pitino would not complain about the officiating.
â€œIâ€™m sure they had some fouls called on them that werenâ€™t warranted, too. Itâ€™s just that the two teams play really hard and physical and they call it,â€ Pitino said.
Calipari was hit with a technical foul in the second half and only said that he â€œthought we could have have moreâ€ free throw attempts. However, at least his team did make free throws and and is 87-for-113 from the foul line in the last three games.
â€œYou wonder why we’re shooting free throws better. For every free throw we miss, we have to have a 33â€‘second run. So that’s nine 33â€‘second runs they’re going to have to get in before our next game. So I’m just challenging them that way. So they’ll come in and practice because they don’t want to run,â€ Calipari said.
â€œBut Anthony Davis, it was great to see him. If you were him, wouldn’t you ball fake, step through, ball fake, just get fouled?Â Why even shoot the ball? Get fouled. It was good to see him make his.â€
Davis, a 58.7 percent free throw shooter, went 12-for-13 from the foul line, all in the second half.
â€œWe didnâ€™t mind fouling Davis. It looked like he was a shaky free throw shooter and suddenly looked like (former NBA great) Jerry West out there. I donâ€™t know what happened there,â€ Pitino said.