DeMarcus Cousins was not impressed by Chris Jones' flopping

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One of Louisville's biggest problems during Saturday afternoon's loss to Kentucky was that its starting point guard turned out to be better at acting than shooting.

When Kentucky's Dakari Johnson swung his elbows to try to clear space after securing a rebound early in the second half, Jones flailed and fell to the ground as though he had been struck in the face. He continued the charade by getting up wincing and holding his jaw while referees went to the monitor to review the play.

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Of course, replays proved that Jones had delivered an acting job worthy of academy award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, who was in attendance clad in a Louisville hat and shirt and cheering on the Cardinals. Johnson's elbow missed Jones' face by such a wide margin that ESPN analyst Jay Bilas described the point guard's flop as "embarrassing."

Jones' acting also inspired a series of amused tweets from former Kentucky star and current Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins.

If Jones' acting didn't endear him to Kentucky fans, it was his shooting that bothered Louisville supporters most. The 5-foot-10 former junior college All-American didn't get many clean looks against taller Kentucky defenders during his team's 58-50 loss, yet he kept shooting anyway, hitting just 3 of 15 attempts to lower his shooting clip to an anemic 32 percent this season.

The great irony of Jones' day was that he delivered the only elbow that actually did make contact.

He accidentally struck Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis next to the right eye during the first half while swinging his arms to create space on the perimeter. Enough blood rolled down Ulis' face that he had to return to the locker room for a bandage, but the 5-foot-9 freshman returned to score 12 of his team-high 14 points in the second half.

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