Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari (right) greets Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino before the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Image Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Best Rivalry in College Basketball: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals


The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, the best rivalry in college basketball, will play each other this Friday night in Indianapolis while the North Carolina Tar Heels and Duke Blue Devils stay home.


The Cats are not playing like an 8 seed that the NCAA selection committee felt that they were. They played like the one or two seed that they should have been all along. Sunday’s game was a nail biter and was a classic the entire time just as the Kentucky/Duke game was 22 years ago this Friday, when the Cats meet rival Louisville on the court in Indianapolis.

This was a game that nobody will forget. Not now. Not in ten years. We’ll all remember where we were when we watched it. Perhaps an ESPN 30/30 one day that takes a look at the One and Done era against the rise of the mid-majors in college basketball.

Retired Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan believes that the Cats are headed to Dallas after their performance on Sunday.

In an email, Ryan tells Wildcat Blue Nation that the Cats “were underseeded, yes.”

The big winners this week, outside of Kentucky and Louisville fans, are Joe Cox and Ryan Clark, who authored Fightin’ Words: Kentucky vs. Louisville. This is a book that takes a look at every match-up between the two rivals.

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