The Louisville Cardinals fell to the Kentucky Wildcats tonight, and it was Louisville's most disheartening loss in the Kenny Payne era.
Louisville was close with Kentucky throughout the first half, but eventually, the Wildcats pulled away. Kentucky eventually went up 53-33 at halftime and at that point everyone in the building knew how this game was going to end.
Louisville looked to physically compete with Kentucky for the first ten minutes, but eventually, the juice ran out and Kenny Payne's team was outmatched in every way possible. Skyy Clark and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield looked very good for Louisville today, but nearly everyone else on the team looked like they didn't wanna be there.
There was one possession where Ty-Laur Johnson drove toward the rim into three wildcat defenders and continued to get blocked. The saddest part about it was that 2 Louisville players didn't even make it past half-court, and the other two players were in the corner. That is a lack of motivation and that all falls onto coaching.
Every time Louisville would score Kentucky within three seconds would get to the other end of the court and score immediately. That is a problem, and Payne had no answer for it the entire game.
The worst part about it all was that Kentucky fans turned the Yum Center blue and were chanting cats, cats, cats, when the game ended.
Louisville should never lose this badly, and to an arch-rival is the most embarrassing part.
Don't be surprised if you see a "Kenny Payne Fired" headline come tomorrow morning.