Originally posted on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 12/26/12
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A different feel for many Louisville basketball fans going into this year’s rivalry game against Kentucky. Rick Pitino is armed with an array of talented and seasoned veterans, exceptional guard play and plenty of beef in the front court, and a group of players keenly attuned to the fierceness of the rivalry. John Calipari will arrive with a handful of future NBA draft picks still finding their way and few upperclassmen to bridge the gap in talent. U of L enters the fray ranked among the top five teams in the nation, but UK is unranked for the first time in four seasons, nowhere to be found in the top 25. Not that past experience is a reliable predictor of future performance in a rivalry that means so much to coaches, players and fans involved in grudge matches. One or more of the future NBA stars could erupt at any time, the unpredictable almost a given in such settings. The different feel, however, goes beyond the talent on the court, with UofL enjoying a much brighter future conf...
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