It is happening just the way the committee planned or didn’t plan it, it really just matters who you ask. The Louisville vs. Kentucky Sweet 16 game is happening Friday night. Ratings will be through the roof, the Bluegrass State will invade Indianapolis and the world will see that the biggest rivalry in college basketball go head-to-head for a chance to going to the Elite 8.
Louisville is currently a five point favorite in the game.
Things you may have notice
– Rick Pitino is 11-0 in the Sweet 16. Why is he undefeated in this part of the tournament? No one knows, but it is important to note.
– Kentucky is taller. This is a very obvious fact I know, but this could be the biggest issue facing the Louisville Cardinals.
– Most of Louisville’s team has played in Lucus Oil Stadium before, none of the Kentucky Wildcats have. With 40,000 fans all riled up for this matchup, the question is how will the young Cats respond.
– John Calipari has done another TWEAK. He has said the word tweak more in the past two and a half weeks than Matt Jones has said the name Kevin Ware in the past year (Which is a lot). His team is playing better basketball though, so maybe it is working.
When: 9:45pm on Friday night.
Where: Lucus Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana
Listen in Louisville, KY. : 790Am will have the Louisville Cardinals play-by-play, 840AM will have the Kentucky Wildcats play-by-play.
Stats for the matchup
Not gonna lie this is a toughy. With the way Kentucky played Wichita State Sunday it make even the most die hard Cardinals fan a little nervous. But I am still predicting Louisville to pull out the win. Why? Experience.
I could spout out a bunch of stats, but in a high pressure game like this one none of that really matters. What does matter is the fact that Louisville has several players who have been here before, literally Louisville was playing in Lucus Oil Stadium last year for a chance to go to the Final Four.
Russ Smith and Luke Hancock will not be impressed by the 40,000 fans or the raised floor. I cannot say that for the young Cats.
Russ Smith will lead Louisville in scoring with 21 points including four threes. He will also lead the team in assists with six.
Chris Jones will force three steals.
Montrezl Harrell and Stephen Van Treese will have seven rebounds to lead the Cards on the boards.
Louisville wins 78-71.
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