Willie Cauley-Stein was the first sub off the bench for UK. It was his 16th time being called upon first this season.
Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer at the 9:22 mark of the first half to extend UK’s 3-point streak to 896 consecutive games. It is the second-longest streak in the country.
John Calipari coached teams are now 127-38 in the months of March and April.
Calipari is 41-13 all-time as a coach in the NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky improves to 6-8 this season when trailing at the half, but is 2-0 in the NCAA Tournament.
First Half Facts
The teams traded points to open the half before the Cardinals were able to get four-straight points to take an 8-4 advantage into the first media timeout.
A 14-1 run by the Cardinals lifted them to an 18-5 run with 12:27 remaining in the half.
Kentucky chipped away at the lead and got to within one at 32-31 with under a minute remaining on three-straight Randle free throws. Louisville responded with a running-floater from Russ Smith to take a 34-31 lead into halftime.
Second Half Facts
The Wildcats again pulled to within one at 36-35 on a pair of Andrew Harrison free throws, but the Cardinals responded with a dunk on the other end to recapture a three-point advantage.
The first tie of the game since early in the first half occurred at 38-38 on a Randle driving-spin with 14:44 remaining in the second half.
A 4-0 spur by the Cardinals enabled the designated home team to recapture a two-possession advantage at 48-42 with 12:30 to go.
A Randle floater with 3:12 remaining made it a one possession game at 66-63 once again.
A 7-0 run capped by a traditional three-point play by Alex Poythress with 2:13 remaining tied the score at 66 apiece.
Kentucky took its first lead of the game since the score was 2-0 with a Poythress free throw at 1:26 to make the score 67-66 in favor of UK. Louisville answered on the following possession to take back the lead.
An Aaron Harrison 3-pointer with 39 seconds remaining gave UK a 70-68 lead it would not relinquish. Both Harrison and Randle would sink four game-clinching free throws to make the final margin.
Aaron Harrison finished with a team-high matching 15 points and added a trio of rebounds.
Has a team-high 18 games with 15 or more points.
Reached double-figure scoring in every postseason game this season including the SEC Tournament.