Cats-Cards tough to call this season

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By Brad Stephens

 I’ve lived all 22 of my years in Kentucky and I’m not sure I can remember a Kentucky vs. Louisville game that was this hard to pick.
What makes the rivalry relevant nationally is both programs are typically always good. But in recent seasons one team was just a shade better than the other going into the game.
Last year U of L went into the game with the more complete roster and came out with a 80-77 win.
Two years ago the Anthony Davis-led Wildcats were favorites when they met the Cards both in the regular season and later in the Final Four. UK won those games 69-62 and 69-61, respectively.
This year’s different, though. Two talented but unproven teams will meet Saturday in Lexington (4 p.m., CBS) and it’s anyone’s guess as to what will take place.
No. 6 U of L has lost just once this season, but that one loss was to North Carolina, the only team they’ve played this year that comes close to matching UK’s athletes.
On the other hand No. 18 UK has had a few tough tests early on, meeting Michigan State and Baylor at neutral sites and playing UNC on the road. But the Wildcats have missed opportunities to get anything from those games, losing all three.
To get a read on the game we turned to the people of Oldham County, asking them on Twitter what they thought of Saturday’s game. Opinions varied, as you can see below.
Former North Oldham star and current U of L freshman guard David Levitch said two weeks ago the Cardinals’ experience and talent could make the difference.
As for me, I’ll take a big-time Rupp Arena environment, big games from UK’s front line and a 68-64 Wildcat win. It should be a good one.


Joel Lobb (@kentuckyloan)
Kentucky 79, Louisville 75

Scott Strait (@scottstrait3)
Louisville 75, Kentucky 73

Philip Nelson (@Philip_BIGPHIL)
Louisville 84, Kentucky 75

Steve Nethery (@WildcatSteve)
Kentucky 80, Louisville 74

Mason Lenhart (@MasonLenhart)
Louisville 78, Kentucky 73

Brendon Wisdom (@WisdamiSalami10)
Kentucky 82, Louisville 80

Austin Kern (@AustinK_ginger1)
Louisville 82, Kentucky 79

Cameron Schoenbachler (@CAMx502xS)
Louisville 83, Kentucky 72

Logan Dunman (@LT_Dunman15)
Louisville 76, Kentucky 71

Luke Weihe (ljweihe)
Kentucky 86, Louisville 80

Tyler Reller (trell913)
Louisville 83, Kentucky 74

Seth Hagan (@SethHagan10)
Louisville 78, Kentucky 77

Kyle Fithian (@kfithian21)
Kentucky 69, Louisville 68

T.J. Kormanis (@tanner_justin42)
Kentucky 71, Louisville 70