DeMarcus Cousins Wastes No Time Getting Involved in the Louisville Rivalry

DeMarcus Cousins is one of the fabulous freshmen that have helped turn Kentucky into a 15-0 bonafide powerhouse team. The big man is averaging 15 points, 9 rebounds, and nearly two blocks per game despite playing limited minutes because of blowouts and fouls. Cousins had what probably was his best game of the season against one of Kentucky’s rivals — the Louisville Cardinals — recording 18 points and 18 rebounds. He also scored Kentucky’s first six points of the game and helped hold Louisville field goal-less the first 10 minutes of the contest. Oh yeah, Cousins also brought some serious intensity to the game, evidenced by his scrum on the floor with Jared Swoopshire early on that resulted in a technical. Cousins got the tech for throwing an elbow, check it out:

I must commend the fan who shot that video as the quality was impeccable. It’s not like that elbow was dirty — it really struck me as an “this is my ball, get away from me” type of move rather than one with an intent to hurt. Still, it certainly won’t sit well with Cardinals fans who have to be pleased with their team’s comeback but not the outcome. At this point, I’m looking at Kentucky as my favorite to win it all. We’ll see how that works out.

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  • Jason

    Yeah dude. No intent? Check out the replay dumbass.

  • ben

    are u serious, no intent? the guy elbows someone in the face and there is no intent? get the fuck out of here

  • David

    Check out the Louisville players knee to the side of Cousins head immediately before Cousins pinned him with the forearm.That had intent behind it as well.

  • David

    This is an explanation of what happened before the game and in the first min. of the game by Matt Jones. sounds like the louisville THUGS started it.

    “Most of the talk last night after the game and today on our radio show was about the extracurricular activities by both teams both pre-game and in the first minute. What has been lost in all of this conversation is that most people dont even know the full extent of what happened, because they only saw what was on television. A quick rundown, in case you only saw the CBS version:

    1. During warmups, as both teams did their layup lines, there was a lot of talking from the UL side to the UK guys. Edgar Sosa, Jerry Smith and Reginald Delk were yelling at various UK players, specifically Bledsoe and Cousins, and letting them know that they would be ready to play. Smith even had a couple of instances in which he would run around and through the UK line in order to get into the UL line.

    2. After the national anthem, both teams jawed a bit and a couple of the UL players walked by Cousins and “rubbed” their shoulders against him. The last UL player to do it got a little shove from Cousins and that was that.

    3. I did not see this, but a couple of people have reported that there was some jawing between the two teams behind the scenes right before the introductions. Calipari referred to it a bit in his press conference and Mary Jo Perino said in a Tweet that the Louisville players were screaming “We are Bad M’Fers” in the hallway.

    4. During introductions, the Louisville players didnt “run out” as usual, but stayed in a huddle while their names were called. As both teams came on the floor for the tip, Smith, Sosa, Wall and Bledsoe had some nice words for each other.

    5. After the first little incident with Bledsoe and Delk, people didnt see on television that Edgar Sosa looked towards the UK crowd and started waving at the fans and telling them to “bring it on”, while Bledsoe said some things to Delk that likely werent fit for print.

    6. Then of course came the Cousins/Swopshire incident that we have heard a lot about. The picture below shows that Cousins did take a knee to the head from Swopshire before he have his elbow/forearm to the back of Swop’s head.

    I give all of this not to condone it (although I did think it made the game filled with great intensity) but to suggest that any evaluation of the actions should be looked at in the greater context of the entire game. From the get go, it was clear that Louisville’s plan was to get into the heads of the UK players and try to make them angry and frustrated. They talked from the moment they walked on the court and focused on the two guys with the shortest tempers, Cousins and Bledsoe. That wasnt accidental. It was on purpose.

    I dont blame them for that strategy. It was a smart one and will be used again against the Cats. But when evaluating the Cousins elbow, it is important to realize that it didnt happen on a clean slate against a bunch of choir boys. Louisville had been picking at the Cats and Swopshire had a second before, kneed Cousins in the head. Now I am not certain the Swopshire knee was intentional (I would guess it was not), but Cousins couldnt know that and in the heat of battle, things happen. That is why I think the reaction by the referees was correct…give him a technical, but let him stay in the game. Unlike the announcers, the referees had seen (and heard) the pre-game jawing and knew what was going on. They knew context and knew that Cousins’s reaction was part of a series of actions that had taken place. That is why they made the correct (and one of the few correct they made all day) decisions to give him a technical and move on.

    Ultimately the pre-game stuff may have backfired on the Cards. It certainly had UK focused and realizing the battle that was to come. But I actually dont blame either team for what happened and think the fans who crow about the “other team’s players being thugs” are really ridiculous. Both teams talked trash, both teams played hard (and scrappy) and both teams acted at times like it was a battle and not a game. That is the stuff of rivalries and yesterday was another great chapter in this one”

    here is the link

  • UK Hockey Fan

    Look at the McCune knee to Cousins, right in the head at the 17 second mark. That was intentional and no one in the media is talking about it. Instead everyone focuses on the Cousins elbow.

  • Mdog

    David your about as worthless a UK pole-blower as the idiot Larry Brown! Why don’t you two go circle-jerk with Califairy!

  • JLoveF

    This makes me laugh! I was born, raised and played ball in Kentucky. I was always taught, “NO BLOOD, NO FOUL!” It’s a shame all the comments made. Louisville got lucky the past two years. Suck it up. Play ball. End of story.

  • JLoveF

    Louisville upperclasssmen thought they could come in Rupp Arena and trash talk the underclassmen of UK. Way to go guys! Can’t trash talk and can’t play ball. I’m impressed! The University of Kentucky Wildcats have more class and self-control then the Loserville Cardinals! Go Cats!!

  • David

    So glad you enjoyed the article as I copied and posted it Mdog.

  • smoke

    I watched the game. Cousins didn’t get the technical. He was shooting right after the incident. the showed the refs talking about elbow throwing and pretty much gave him a slap on the wrist, they told him not to do that again. So Cousins got off scott free and even made a few points. I thought that was the most blatant foul ever. Obviously there is some scrapping on a loose ball, but when you see it from a random shot of the game first time through that there was something wrong with that loose ball play, obviously there needs to be some repercussions. The ball was tied up and then the elbow came. The knee seemed to be during the scramble on the floor. Frankly I am surprised that the NCAA hasn’t done anything to Cousins. I wouldn’t say they would have to, except the refs didn’t do anything on their part, even after seeing it over and over again. They couldn’t reverse their call because they already called a technical on Louisville. It seems like Cousins has a short fuse and I can see this happening again, just wait and see.

  • David

    According to Andy Katz, senior college basketball writer for ESPN.com:

    “John Adams, the NCAA’s chair of officiating, said the officials correctly handled the skirmish in the first minute of Saturday’s Kentucky-Louisville game. Technical fouls were assessed to Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins and Louisville’s Jared Swopshire and Reginald Delk. At issue was whether Cousins threw a purposeful elbow at Swopshire’s head and should have been ejected. UK claims Cousins can be seen taking a knee to the head prior to the elbow.

    “[The officials] reviewed the play and assessed an intentional personal foul to Cousins,” Adams said. “It was offset by an intentional personal four on a Louisville player and they had a taunting T on another Louisville player. That taunting T resulted in the two free throws that Cousins shot as he was designated by Kentucky to shoot free throws.”


  • Bob

    How does a player get away with purposely hitting a player on the other team? These kids need to grow up and play basketball. The court is not the “Hood”, Cousins. He got away with murder. If the Louisville player wouldn’t of shoved him, he would of been thrown out of the game, and the outcome could of been different.