The Wildcats remained un-ranked in the AP Poll and will stay that way when the Cards and the Cats meet up on Saturday. Louisville sits at a lofty number four, with meaningful victories over Missouri at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament and against Memphis on the road. The Wildcats have defeated anyone of note outside of Maryland. Both teams were bested by number one Duke, but both teams could have won the game.
The Cardinals range anywhere from an eight point to a twelve point favorite. There are rumors of a miraculous return by injured center Gorgui Dieng. The Yum! Center will be electric and as hostile as it has ever been. Louisville is on a four game losing streak to the Wildcats, and the last time that UK was in the Dirty Bird Coop, they destroyed the home team by 15 points in front of thousands of Louisville fans wearing chicken buckets on their heads.
There was also the controversy of Louisville fans selling their floor seat tickets to Kentucky fans. Tom Jurich, the head jack-ass on campus, made it clear that he was not pleased, and that his minions better never pull a stunt like that again.
Kentucky’s major road test thus far was against Notre Dame, and we all remember (and would like to forget) what happened there. But this team is different. There is more intensity and Ryan Harrow is a completely different player.
But, the Cats are a rare underdog against their hated rival. If Rick Pitino wins, and he just may, this will be for the first time against a Kentucky coach not named Billy Clyde Gillispie. And this might be the last time that Ricky P has a chance to win in a long, long time. The Cats already have a stacked class coming in for 2013, with Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins still thinking about joining.
They already have Karl Townes, Jr. as a commitment for 2014. This year, 2012, is supposed to be a down year for the Cats, but the game isn’t a foregone conclusion. They can still win.
But if they don’t, Wildcat fans should remain clam. Every now and then a loser catches a break. And that’s what Louisville basketball has been compared to Kentucky basketball: a loser.
Better get Cal while you can, because the future isn’t looking bright for the Cards.