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    Cats vs. Cards. Pitino vs. Calipari. Louisville vs. Lexington. Red vs. Blue (which by the way is a great documentary).

    These are the matchups that have stayed the same over the past six years (since Calipari was hired at UK) when the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky have hit the hardwood, but could today's game at 2 p.m. be the most intriguing and most important in recent history?

    UK is ranked #1 and has been showing the nation why that is by winning their games by an average of 29.1 points per game including victories over Kansas and North Carolina. UofL is the fourth ranked team in the country led by Montrezl Harrell. The Cards best win so far has been over Ohio State.

    If you measure the game by potential NBA draft picks or team depth, UK has the game in the bag, but this is Kentucky-Louisville. Nothing is a given. Anything can happen--a Patrick Sparks ball fake, an Edgar Sosa nailed three point shot, or shoot, just the outstretched arm of Anthony Davis.

    By ranking, this is the highest these two teams have been in their showdown. Once before, in 2012 when UK was #3 and UofL was #4, has this game been a matchup of top 5 teams. This is also the first time that the two teams will meet when they are both undefeated.

    One variable that is used sometimes to break up a rivalry like this is where the game is played. The Cardinals in theory have an advantage as the game is being played in the KFC Yum! Center. This is also the first true road game for the Wildcats...but what is exactly is a road game for UK? Big Blue Nation travels near and far for their team and with many UK fans in Louisville already and with Lexington just a quick trip down I-64, UK fans will find their way into Louisville's arena, something that University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino has previously spoken out about.

    Many analysts and fans rave about UK's defense. They are first in defensive efficiency after all, but Louisville is second on the list. Rebounding favors the Cardinals as they ranked third in the country compared to the Wildcats's twelfth. The conception this season then is that UK is a much better offensive rebounding team. They have gotten 5 more offensive rebound this season than UofL, but the difference has been their ability to turn those rebound into points.

    Tomorrow's game could be a blowout. UK beat the then #5 Kansas by 32 and have also beaten other top 25 teams Texas and North Carolina by double digits. They could do the same to UofL.

    It could be an absolute classic as everyone in the cities of Louisville and Lexington know they can be. Myron Medcalf, an espn.com college basketball reporter, actually has predicted overtime.

    Regardless of the names on the back of the jerseys, the names of the schools are still Louisville and Kentucky and when they get together, weird things can happen. All the talk and the predictions will soon be thrown out because today's 40 minutes of basketball (or according to Medcalf, 45) could make for the best 40 we will see all year.

    Photo courtesy of New York Post.

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    Covering Louisville music like it's the 6 o' clock news. I've covered Forecastle, Louder Than Life, Moontower, Starry Nights, and Louisville music news for 3 years. Follow me @parasiticnoise

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