One of the big questions leading up to Saturday is who this game is bigger for, Kentucky or Louisville. While the rivalry will always be big for the fans, the teams come into the matchup on two different sides of the spectrum in more ways than one. Kentucky is unranked, but has won the last four meetings, including the Final Four showdown in New Orleans. Louisville is ranked fourth in the nation, but hasn’t won since Billy Clyde and his coeds took over the pool at the Merrick Inn. I’m a fan of lists, so let’s take a look at what both sides have at stake on Saturday:
— A win over the Cards would catapult the Cats back into the Top 25
— It would also boost Kentucky’s resume and confidence heading into SEC play
— A win would snap UK’s four-game winning streak
— It would be Rick Pitino’s first win over Calipari since he came to UK; it would also be his fifth win over the Cats during his tenure at Louisville
— With more talent than he’s ever had at UofL and a home court advantage, it may be Rick’s best shot at beating Kentucky for the foreseeable future
— If they lose, the Cardinal fan base may spontaneously combust in anger (and Crown fumes).
The answer is clear: Saturday’s game is a much bigger deal for Louisville. The pressure is squarely on Rick Pitino’s withering shoulders. If he can’t beat Kentucky now, will he ever?