Kentucky-Louisville may not get the national hype of, say, North Carolina-Duke, but that doesn't mean the Bluegrass rivalry isn't just as big and intense as the Tobacco Road rows.
"It is in our state," coach John Calipari after the first matchup of the two instate rivals in the NCAA tournament's Final Four became a reality with Kentucky's 82-70 victory over Baylor in the South Regional just a day after Louisville rallied to beat Florida 72-68 to win the West. "In our state, it is."
Kentucky and Louisville have met four times in the NCAA tournament, including a 1983 regional title game that spurred the initiation of a regular-season series between the two schools that are connected by a 70-mile stretch of Interstate 64.
But that game in Knoxville, won in overtime by Louisville, was the closest they have come until now to meeting in the Final Four.
Calipari downplayed the notion that the rivalry will add anything more to what's already at stake in the game.
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