Dream Game On Horizon For Final Four?
March 25, 2012 by staff
Dream Game On Horizon For Final Four?, Even before Louisville knows for sure whether its Final Four opponent will be Baylor or Kentucky, Cardinals coach Rick Pitino received a question about what it would be like to play the rival Wildcats.
Pitino insisted he has admiration rather than jealousy for top-ranked Kentucky’s success, but he acknowledged the matchup would inspire plenty of interest and emotion from both rival fan bases.
“There will be people at Kentucky that will have a nervous breakdown if they lose to us,” Pitino said. “You’ve got to watch. They’ve got to put the fences up on bridges. There will be people consumed by Louisville.”
Kentucky and Louisville have met 43 times since 1913 and every year since 1983, but the Bluegrass State rivals have never faced each other in a Final Four. In fact, they’ve only met four times in the NCAA tournament, splitting four meetings with Louisville winning the most famous one — the 1983 “Dream Game” in the Elite Eight that essentially relaunched the rivalry.
If Louisville does meet Kentucky, the Cardinals can draw confidence from how well they played at Rupp Arena in January. They hung with the Wildcats into the second half before losing 69-62, not a bad performance considering the opponent, the venue and the injuries that plagued Louisville throughout a 22-win regular season.
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