Found March 28, 2012 on Sports Blog Net:
If you look at the title again, you'll notice that Louisville is mentioned in it before Kentucky.  Yes, I'm slightly biased.  Just thought I'd give you that warning before continuing. The Final Four pits a dream match-up for basketball enthusiasts and the CBS Network.  Louisville vs Kentucky is one of the most popular rivalries in college basketball history - add to it, the rivalry between Rick Pitino and John Calipari who have no love loss between them since the days of Calipari being at UMass and when Pitino coached Kentucky.  If you look at the all time record, Kentucky has a pretty comfortable lead over L'ville with a 29-14 advantage.  If you count a vacated game (tsk-tsk Calipari) - the coaches are dead even at 8-8 against each other. For the Kentucky fan, a win over Louisville wouldn't be enough.  This years Kentucky team is one of the best they've had, and they want to embarrass Louisville. Most pundants think Baylor and Iowa State were tougher opponents than Louisville, which makes sense for Kentucky to get a spot in the Championship Game.  But it's deeper than that.  Kentucky fans are still confused, maybe even still hurt by the departure of Rick Pitino in 1997 when he left for the Boston Celtics.  But it's deeper than that.  When he did return to college basketball in 2001, he became the head coach of arch-nemesis Louisville.  Kentucky fans were outraged that out of any college team across the nation, he'd pick Louisville. For the Louisville fan, this is the ultimate in "one-ups-man-ship."  As mentioned before Kentucky holds the edge in the head to head rivalry,  but never has a game between these two universities meant so much.  Never on this platform.  Never of this magnitude.  For Louisville (who Vegas currently has as a 9 point underdog), beating this Kentucky team means getting the final laugh, in the Final Four.  You don't want to ever say a game like this is like winning a championship but you kind of want to. . . Louisville has watched Calipari consistently recruit "one and done" players and put strong teams on the court which bully most competition, while they've served as second fiddle in the rivalry and in the state.  If (also know to me as  when) Louisville beats Kentucky, it will mean to the Louisville faithful the same as it meant to the Boston Red Sox faithful in 2004 when they beat the Yankees in the ALCS after being down three games to none. The Louisville vs Kentucky rivalry, is one that will be mentioned in a piece I'm working on, which will discuss the best rivalries in team sports.  But considering the Final Four is only a few days away, it seemed only right to put this great rivalry in a light it deserves, separate from all other games in this tournament.
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