Originally written on College Spun  |  Last updated 12/27/13

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 21: John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the 88-44 victory over the Drexel Dragons at Rupp Arena on December 21, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky. The victory was the 2,000th in the history of Kentucky basketball. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Most would argue that regardless of the outcome, Saturday’s Kentucky vs. Louisville tilt is about as important of a matchup as we’re going to see during college basketball’s regular season. But Wildcats coach John Calipari disagrees – he thinks it’s only a “big game” if UK prevails.  Calipari: “It’s only a big game if we win.” #BBN #UofL — Steve Andress (@steveandress) December 27, 2013 Coach Cal’s reasoning? He thinks that the Wildcats only have a few opportunities left to play highly-ranked teams. UK, thus far, is 0-3 against ranked teams and 9-0 against unranked squads. Calipari’s response to Hawkins’ comment: “How many opportunities we have in games like that? How many are we going to have from here on in?” — Jon Hale (@JonHaleTCP) December 27, 2013 From where Coach Cal stands, it certainly makes sense. The Cardinals are the final non-conference game on the schedule before 18 games against SEC foes. The Southeastern Conference currently only has three teams ranked – Florida, Missouri and UK. In short, Cal knows that the Wildcats need a quality victory, and that Saturday is a great opportunity to get it.

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