UK-UNC Asheville provides 1st look at new officiating

Judging by Kentucky’s 89-57 victory over UNC Asheville Friday night, the new emphasis on reducing physical play looked like the messy roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).

The teams combined for 52 fouls and 69 free throws. Ugh.

Fans came to see the Cats play UNC Asheville and a UK-U of L game broke out.

The 52 fouls were the most in a UK game since the Cats played Louisville on Dec. 31, 2011. That game had 52 fouls: 23 against Kentucky and 29 against Louisville.

For those keeping score at home, UK games averaged 37.9 fouls last season. UK and UNC Asheville were whistled for 31 fouls in the first half.

Kentucky (30 of 48) and UNC Asheville (10 of 21) combined for 69 free throw attempts. That’s the most since UK (32 of 43) and Louisville (18 of 27) shot 70 in that game on Dec. 31, 2011,