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.
Wichita State was the best thing that has ever happened to UK. Cats had to rise to Shockers' level and now they are FF bound. You heard me.
— Bob Ryan (@GlobeBobRyan) March 24, 2014
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.