Tomorrow afternoon, the Cats and Cards face off in the annual “Battle of the Bluegrass” at Rupp Arena. In what is arguably the most important game in the series in several years, the past two National Champions look to duel it out for supreme bragging rights. This game means everything; both teams are looking for their first win against a ranked opponent this season. Since Calipari has arrived in Lexington, the Cats are 4-1 against the Cards. Lets take a look back at the past few games:
December 29, 2012: Louisville 80, Kentucky 77
In the only win in the past five games for the Cards, Louisville managed to escape a scrappy Kentucky team at the Yum Center. Kentucky, having fallen from the rankings, was able to challenge the fourth-ranked Cards behind a 22-point performance from Archie Goodwin and an additional 17 points from Ryan Harrow.
March 31, 2012: Kentucky 69, Louisville 61
In one of two matchups in the 2012 season, the Cats faced off against the Cards in the Final Four in New Orleans. In a defense-oriented game for both teams, the Cats slid past the Cards late in the second half. UK was led by Anthony Davis, who had an incredible statline with 18 points, 14 rebounds, and five blocks.
December 31, 2011: Kentucky 69, Louisville 62
Much like the second game of the 2012 season, the first one in Rupp Arena was an ugly one. The third-ranked Cats prevailed over the fourth-ranked Cards despite only shooting 28% from the field for the entire game. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the Cats with a monster double-double (24 points, 19 rebounds).
December 31, 2010: Kentucky 78, Louisville 63
In the first game of the series to be played in the new Yum Center, the Cats made sure that the Cards would have no cause for celebration that day. Brandon Knight’s 25 points, along with a hungry Josh Harrellson in the post (23 points, 14 rebounds), helped the 11th-ranked Cats break away from the 22nd-ranked Cards early on and never looked back.
January 2, 2010: Kentucky 71, Louisville 62
In Coach Calipari’s first game against the Cards as the UK head coach, it was an important moment for Kentucky to cement themselves as the top team in the state, especially after losing two years in a row. The physical aggressiveness was apparent on the first few plays following tip-off, with both teams playing passionately. Kentucky took an early 12-1 lead and never looked back on their way to a 71-62 win.