Published on Jul 19, 2012
Freshman guard Rex Chapman hit 5 of 8 three-point goals on his way to his third 26-point performance of the season to lead the 18th-ranked Wildcats to an 85-51 rout over defending NCAA champion Louisville at Louisville.
"He's my son," Sutton said as he hugged Chapman during a postgame interview. "I've got three others, but I just adopted him. He was wonderful.
"God not only gave him great tools, but a great mind," Sutton said of the 19-year-old from Owensboro, Ky. "And he was blessed with having a coach as a father. I think he is the best freshman in the country."
It was the first time either team had won a regular-season game on their opponent's home court since the series resumed in 1983 after a 24-year layoff. Ed Davender scored 16 points, James Blackmon added 11 and Richard Madison grabbed 17 rebounds to help the Wildcats improve to 6-1.
Louisville (4-6) was led by Tony Kimbro and Felton Spencer, with 10 points each. Pervis Ellison, who had averaged 18.3 points per game, was held to 4 points. Ellison didn't have a point or rebound in the second half.
The Wildcats made 11 of 17 three-point attempts as they had four 5-0 spurts in the game. They led at halftime, 38-28.
Said Sutton: "We're not 34 points better than Louisville. It was just a game where everything fell into place."
Said Louisville Coach Denny Crum: "They did just about everything right. They beat us every way you can beat a team. Even when we did a good job--had a hand in somebody's face--they still made it.
"We're not going to go to sleep because we got beat. We're going to go out and try to get better. I don't know if we're getting better, but they're trying hard."
It was the biggest loss ever by a Louisville team in Freedom Hall and Crum's biggest setback in his 16 seasons with the Cardinals.
Virginia Tech beat Louisville, 81-61, Jan. 30, 1985 at Freedom Hall. Crum's worst loss was 86-64 to North Carolina Dec. 29, 1980 in the Winston Tire tournament in Los Angeles.
Late in the game, Louisville fans, disgusted with what they were witnessing, began cheering for the Wildcats.
Loyola (Chicago) 83, Illinois 82--Bernard Jackson scored 18 of his 31 points in the second half for the Ramblers (5-3), who stunned the ninth-ranked Illini (8-2) at Chicago.
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