The Wildcats' defense held Louisville to just 26 percent shooting while handing the Cardinals their first loss of the season. Ullis led the Wildcats to 36 points in the second half, after just 22 points in the first half. Trey Lyles grabbed 9 rebounds for Kentucky, who outrebounded Louisville 46-33.
Terry Rozier led the way for the Cardinals with 15 points, while Chris Jones added 13 points in a losing effort. The Cardinals led just once, 13-12, the entire game. They did get Montrezl Harrell back following a 1-game suspension for elbowing. He had 9 points and 8 rebounds in his return.
Despite recording a season-low 3 blocks, the Wildcats dominated down low, outscoring Louisiville 24-16 in the paint. Louisville had just 1 assist in the game.
The loss snaps the Cardinals' 35-game nonconference home winning streak, dating back to December 2010.
The No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats now sit at 13-0, and will host Mississippi on January 6th. Meanwhile, the Cardinals at 12-1 will host Long Beach State on Tuesday.