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December 28th is going to be nuts

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In case you’re curious what all that commotion was down I-64 earlier today, Russ Smith and his ridiculousness announced he will return to Louisville for his senior season.

While his decision means Louisville will be even better next season, a notion that would normally cause one of those angry tumbleweeds from Charlie Brown to start spinning above the Big Blue Nation’s head, I think it’s great. Louisville will return Smith, Chane Behanan, Luke Hancock, Wayne Blackshear, Kevin Ware and Montrezl Harrell next season, along with incoming JuCo point guard Chris Jones and freshman Terry Rozier. The only pieces missing from their Championship squad? Gorgui Dieng and Peyton Siva. Their cupboard, as they say, is stocked.

Which will make beating them on December 28th even sweeter.

Right now, the only team with a better case at winning the National Title next season than Louisville is Kentucky, and that’s even if Andrew Wiggins decides to go elsewhere. Finally, both sides of the rivalry will be at full strength. In each of the previous UK/UofL games during the Calipari Era, one team has been stronger than the other. In 2010, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Patterson were simply too talented for a shell-shocked Pitino. Next season’s squad cruised by the Cards by a comfortable 15-point margin at the Yum Center. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s group had the pleasure of beating Louisville twice, and even though Calipari’s perfect storm was too much for Louisville to handle, you could tell that the Cards would be back. Sure enough, they were, and despite an inspired performance from a bad Kentucky team, Louisville finally got the best of the Cats in December and exorcised some demons.

One of our only comforts while watching Louisville win the NCAA Tournament was the fact that next season, we would be back. With the best freshmen class in history lining up in the wings and Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Kyle Wiltjer all coming back, Calipari will have the ingredients for another Championship blend. In a way, the roles will totally be reversed: instead of Louisville being hungry with something to prove, it will be Kentucky and Calipari with the memories of defeat and national humiliation fueling the fire. Louisville will now shoulder the burden of being the defending National Champion, except they won’t have any excuses to fall back on now that Russ Smith has decided to return for another year. The best part? It will all go down in Rupp Arena with the entire nation as an audience. Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, ’cause December 28th is gonna be nuts.

The Kentucky/Louisville rivalry has a way of bringing out the best in both teams. And you know what they say: to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.

I say bring it on.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

67 Comments for December 28th is going to be nuts



  1. Steve
    4:08 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    We goin’ 40 and 0. We goin’ Foety and O.



  2. Pffffffffffft
    4:09 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Puhlease. Russ Smith is a black hole. No proven PG. Two undersized, yet talented, PFs. Where’s the 5? Gieng caused defensive problems, and he was capable on offense. Just b/c one of the better u of l teams under pitino (2005 was his best) beat the worst tourney field in the 64+ team era doesn’t mean they are contenders next year.

    Also, Ware may not even be able to play next season. Hope for the kid he does, but wouldn’t surprise me if he sits next year out. Next year’s u of l team is a downgrade.



  3. RICK
    4:09 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    His dad wanted him to go pro, he wanted to go pro but Rick wanted to try and win another ntl. cmp. If this kid had gone to a differnt school we would already be making millions, Rick just cant prpare players for the nba. Rick is a selfish person that only thinks of himself.



  4. SexnNursinHomes
    4:11 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Rusell Smiff

    Meh, we beat ul’s champtionship team twice in 2012 and lost to their best team since the Reagan Admin by 3 at their home.

    Not worried.



  5. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    4:11 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I think head to head the only advantage UL has next year would be Russ Smith over Aaron Harrison at the 2. The rest of the match-ups point to UK’s favor.



  6. Waka Flaka Laka Naka Daka Taka
    4:12 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Russ Smith is a volume shooter who makes horrible decisions, im pretty sure the Harrisons will be able to shut him down..



  7. NumbNutz
    4:18 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    He’s not going pro cause he has a cough.



  8. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    4:18 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not trolling at all but Smith will not be “shut down” as a senior going against freshmen. He may be D-league material but those expectations are a little inflated.



  9. Random
    4:19 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I guess Cardinal fan’s are happy Noel’s ACL gave them a rebuttal for the next decade. Because it’s the only reason this team went to the NIT. Last year’s team probably still loses their first or second tourney game but they would of made it with him.



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    4:19 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    7- umm, yeah you dumb ass. UK won the championship in 2012. How far from the Retard tree did you fall off?



  11. bosshog
    4:20 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t think Louisville can possibly be any better next year than they were next year, and in next year’s landscape I think this qualifies them for maybe elite 8. Of course we will hear a lot of trash, but they’ll still be smaller and no big improvements in terms of size and athleticism. We’ll be much bigger overall, and more athletic and skilled. Looking forward to seeing Randle go against Behanan down low….



  12. David77
    4:21 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    No Peyton Siva and no Dieng makes them a completely different team.



  13. Typical Cardinal Fan
    4:22 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Quit living in the past Kensucky Cayuts fans. No championships before 2013 should even count. Well…except for 1980 and 1986. The NCAA was loaded those years. So we got 3 titles dawg, most of all time!!!
    Haha, Kensucky, Cayuts. We’re so clever.



  14. SexnNursinHomes
    4:24 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    14- no we beat that same team minus a crappy ass Luke Handjob twice in 2012. Your ul team was the exact same team. The only reason why ul was able to win it this year was because Teague, Davis, and MKG all went to become millionaire NBA players or they would’ve waxed your ass again this year.

    So please so go on…… Retard.



  15. Cardinal Fan
    4:25 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Go easy on me…If I had a brain I wouldn’t be a Louisville fan to begin with. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got more Kentucky websites to lurk and post on all day.



  16. Stanley
    4:27 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    go Louisville. they actually have players who stay past their freshman year. they have time to learn the game and come together as a team.

    and they don’t have a sports site where we are supposed to idolize and follow some guy who played a few months here for Cal, and keep following them even after they’ve left for the NBA.



  17. Cardinal Fan
    4:29 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    #18 By that logic Lousivlle would have gotten beaten again if 95 percent of Kentucky’s team from the 2011-2012 hadn’t went to the NBA. They would have gotten better too.



  18. SexnNursinHomes
    4:30 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    18- what a moron. when you keep returning the same ole mediocre 4 yr role players, then yes the talent stays the same.



  19. M
    4:30 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Won’t happen, but I just hope UL doesn’t foul a rediculous amount of times like they did in the last game at Rupp. That game was tough to watch. There was no rhythm to that game. The refs have to call it because they were fouls so it is what it is.



  20. Doug
    4:31 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t even post on here. But why are Louisville fans on a uk website?



  21. SexnNursinHomes
    4:32 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    The only way ul can beat UK is by UK losing it’s studs. Even when UK brings back some experience ul still can’t beat UK. See UK 2009-2012. UK 4 wins ul zilch.



  22. Random
    4:32 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    #22 I’ll take that, at least then they actually blew the whistle when a Louisville player hacked someone. This past season they could tackle someone into the bleachers without being called for a foul.



  23. Doug
    4:33 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I wanted Louisville to win it until reading this stuff



  24. L1C4 is LAME
    4:33 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Who cares if the gun known as russ smith is back. Dude shoots 25 times a game to get his 18 pts anybody could do that. Here soon we wont b hearing from these morons nemore. They will disappear on here like the last 27 yrs and wont b able to find them.



  25. Doug
    4:38 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Fans are dumb. We are from the same state Idiots. When one school does well the other does. Called state revenue



  26. Seriously?
    4:41 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Why are we wasting our time with this? I dont care if Smith, Siva, and Dieng were coming back. They won a title in a year where the entire field this year was weaker than it has been in a while, in other words they are OVERRATED, one of the weakest national champions in NCAA history. We would destroy those guys if Siva and Dieng were returning, I am not worried about that game AT ALL.



  27. Daryl Dixon
    4:46 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    card fans are so silly and cute. like a puppy getting trapped in a box.



  28. Attention #3
    4:47 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Stop. Just Stop. You sound stupid. Why don’t you learn to give credit where credit is due? Why doesn’t Rick selfishly make Dieng stay since according to you it is all in Rick Pitinos grand scheme to keep everyone for his own personal goals? They both are juniors. The dude gave us a national title… two if you count how lucky Tubby got with his players. I don’t know about you, but I’m happy with 8 championships, maybe you’d rather forget his success here and be content with 6 or 7?



  29. Rockfield, KY
    4:53 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    The college game is controlled by elite point guards. With so much talent, which team will get better guard play. A platoon of Jones and Smith, or Andrew Harrison backed up by Polson and Hawkins? Up front we will be much bigger and the shooting shoot be good for both teams all around.



  30. TheDimplesCousin
    4:55 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    It is apparent that the trash of loserville feel as though an NBA reject who must shoot 20 shots a game to score 20 points is the missing piece to a repeat title. That is both sad and hilarious. With three returning experienced players who are and will be NBA ready, along with the greatest recruiting class ever in basketball, I feel safe to say that the cats will have a pretty easy time with the loserville tards in Rupp. The little bro rejects lost their two best players in Siva and Dieng, I do not see how they feel they should even be considered a top 20 team next year. And oh yeah, all you tard fans out there 8>3. HAVE A GOOD ONE!



  31. Kentuckyyy
    4:57 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    He didn’t make Deing stay because he graduated and is 24 years old. He might actually have a long pro career as a 3 string Center (Maybe 2nd in his prime) ahead of him and if he would stay another year he would be a 25 year old rookie.



  32. General Pete
    5:00 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I love the fact that even though they just won a title and should be celebrating over their once in a lifetime achievement, opposing fans feel it necessary to troll this site to bask in the greatness that is kentucky basketball. It must be really sad pretending not to be jealous of kentucky. Here is wishing all you loserville fans a good nights sleep in the big blue land of kentucky.



  33. FLASHY
    5:03 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s not polite to erase the board right after class guys.

    Still, this is a very entertaining blog.



  34. Grammar Epidemic
    5:03 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    When did people start writing “could of” and “would of” when they mean could’ve and would’ve?!? They are contractions for the phrases could have and would have.



  35. Chaz
    5:04 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I hate winter. Only two good days in the whole season. Christmas and UK vs UL. New Years makes me feel older than my birthday does. Bah..Humbug.



  36. General Pete
    5:12 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Who’s in the mood for some homemade cardinal cakes. They will be served free to the general public at coach cal’s place on Dec. 28. NOTE: You must pay before eating, no acccepting food stamps, baby mama checks, or exchange of tattoo services. Sorry tardinal fans.



  37. LDE
    5:17 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville wouldn’t be nothing if it weren’t for UK. The only reason they have even got where they are is because of all the publicity they get when they play us. Gotta sale them somethin’ I guess.



  38. UofLFan
    5:18 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Is the average poster on this site 13 years old? Some of you UK fans sound pathetic.
    31- Deing turned 23 this year. Look it up.
    32- 3 titles since 1980 is a once in a lifetime achievement? That’s a pretty short life expectancy.



  39. Duffus
    5:19 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Duffus says:

    1st “STOOPS TROOPS”

    Then

    2nd “The Magnificent 12”



  40. General Pete
    5:25 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Hey 38… isn’t 30-35yrs a typical life expectancy for louisville fans? I mean with all the street drugs, cheap beer, std carrying thugs with guns that claim to be UL fans when you see them being arrested on the local news, I figured that was a typical life expectancy for all those rejects. And yes for anyone under the age of 27, this is the first title you’ve won. And considering your recent hot streak of a title every thirty years or so, its a good chance they may never see, or remember, another title again.



  41. NotKSR
    5:30 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Its funny that Uk fans think there are trolls because of kentuckys greatness, its because your sacred KSR is nothing but a troll website, instigating other fanbases – You are what you eat.



  42. General Pete
    5:30 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Oh yeah 38 if we uk fans sound so pathetic then why don’t you get off this uk site and search the world over for the 9 people who actually want to talk about cardinal athletics.



  43. calamari
    5:31 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    40- don’t you realize half the uk fanbase has dew mouth and the other half are fans cause they go to walmart and buy a tshirt? shake the coal dust out of your head and quit masterbating to the thought of 18 yr old twin kids



  44. MattlovesBBN
    5:36 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’m not worried about them. College basketball was so down and didn’t have any “Great” teams this past season. Next year the talent level will be way up with UK being head and shoulders above everyone



  45. brain
    5:39 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    28-Because Dieng is 38 years old.



  46. Joe
    5:39 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Rest assured, one of Pitino’s players will have a “sprained” ankle and miss the game. He will then blame that for the loss.



  47. FLASHY
    5:40 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    And my board was erased compared to what I’m reading right now?



  48. We Have Established...
    5:43 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Flashy can read. Good. Let’s see what other skills he brings here.



  49. Seriously?
    5:45 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Free advice#43-When you set out to debase fans because of their supposed ignorance, at least learn how to spell first.



  50. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    5:51 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville won’t be stacked, they’ll be good but come on, you can’t talk about Dieng and Siva like they were just two random guys on the cards championship team. Dieng was their eraser and Siva was their heart and soul AND was an unbelievable distributor as much as I hate to say. Yeah Louisville has a highly touted Juco prospect but hey, anyone remember Antoine Barbour? Never know how those guys turn out. UL is barely top 10 next year



  51. Capt
    5:53 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Why did russdickless pass on his only chance in the nba? This year he might have been 2nd round. Next year he will be 14th round. He won a title. Now is the time to leave for the nba. Poor kid…..got some terrible advice.



  52. Dirty Bird
    5:54 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I think Russ Smith made a huge mistake listening to 15 second Rick. His NBA stock will not be higher than this year. Look at all the guards that will come out next year. Kentucky may have 3 first rounders in the twins and James Young. Russ may not get drafted. I believe that Pitino’s ego just sabotaged the family of Russ Smith and I truly feel sorry for them. Russ’s best and only chance was this years draft. Sure would not let my son play for pitino. He has major character flaws.



  53. IRS
    5:59 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    His decision to return was probably a little bit of both, Pitino and Russ being selfish. Pitino giving him more money than he could earn on his first NBA contract, which in return makes the both of them happy.



  54. General Pete
    6:06 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    It sure is fun getting cardinal fans mad when they come on this site. I enjoy it. Anyway… looking forward to the beatdown on Dec.28. In my best Anchorman voice…”Stay classy tardinal fans”



  55. the saying is
    6:11 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    TO BE THE MAN, YOU GOTTA BEAT THE MAN!



  56. Sammydog
    6:42 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    People, get real. Russ Smith was not going to be drafted by any NBA team. In spite of his assets as a college player (great player) he is way too small for the NBA. His game and his skills do not translate well to the NBA game. He may even have trouble playing overseas because of these deficiencies. He and his father were intoxicated by all the hype he got during the Cards tournament run and had unrealistic expectations. Then reality hit them in the face. He had no real choice except to return to college and get his degree. Coming back to Lville for his senior year will do nothing for his pro prospects. I doubt Pitino had much to do with this decision. Lack of interest from the NBA is the real culprit.



  57. Cal'sBelly
    6:50 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino is selfish for Russ coming back. But he pushed Dieng to the NBA. Dieng and his parents wanted him to come back. Makes perfect sense in UK land.



  58. KY Realist
    7:02 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    It’s funny how uk fans gloss over the fact that Dieng was set to come back and Rick told him he needed to leave. Dieng himself said he wanted to saty. Moron uk fans can’t see past their hatred for Pitino. Well, suck it cayut fans. We are the champs and you are not!



  59. Katdaddy
    7:45 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Ul will have alot of experience, final four experience. I don’t think that team will be easy to handle. I know we as uk fans don’t like to look at reality sometimes. But ul is relevant right now and rick has those boys balling right now. It don’t matter if the field was weak or not they are the champs.



  60. Lpool03
    8:01 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    @30
    The reason they know they will be so good next year is bc of the recruits they have coming in. I mean seriously, 3 derby festival classic stars PLUS a 5th year high school senior, watch out. This reasoning is of course why UK will not be very good next year as well. 6 McDonald’s all Americans… Please… way to rely on freshmen. #Louisvillelogic



  61. Stanley
    8:15 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve never understood the constant bashing of UL by KY fans. Are UK fans really that insecure? Or just mean spirited?

    Having the nexus of college basketball go from N Carolina to Kentucky is a wonderful thing. UL has never been able to recruit the caliber of players UK has. Yet both programs have won 3 Nat’l Championships since 1980.

    I’ve always been a UK fan, but why all the hate for UL? As a program they have over achieved. And they take lower recruits and have built an exciting program where players stick around to develop and play great team ball. As a Basketball Fan and growing up in KY I think it’s great to see. And it’s easier to follow when the roster doesn’t turn over almost every year. I don’t know why KY fans idolize players who come for a year and are gone. They’re choosing Cal as a stepping stone to the NBA.

    And the bashing is ridiculous. “Yeah, UL won, but it was a weak year.” A Nat’l Championship is a Nat’l Championship. Why all the petty crap from UK fans? We got the number 1 program in the country. Why all the sour grapes? UL played great basketball this year and should be congratulated for their accomplishment.



  62. Russidiot
    8:36 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    Wow.. Archie thinks he can make it and Russ doesn’t? What a dipshit. Or a what a great great great great piece of bass he must be dining on.



  63. Otis
    10:22 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    UK brings back three experienced NIT veterans which should not be overlooked

    Add an all-star roster of five star superstars with Cal’s coaching and you are looking at a bubble team



  64. Leon Claxton
    10:29 pm April 24, 2013 Permalink

    This will be the hottest ticket in a generation

    I always get my tickets through Eddyville based Miller&Davender LLC ticket brokers



  65. Realist
    8:38 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    61is a KFINO (KY fan in name only.) Shutup and go back to Louisville.



  66. Realist
    8:42 am April 25, 2013 Permalink

    63) Coach Cal’s first four years: Elite Eight, Final Four, NC, NIT. NIT after we lost our best player. It took the adulterer over 10 years to win a title and it had to be the most overall down year in the last decade. GFYS!



  67. jimbob
    12:02 pm April 25, 2013 Permalink

    Russ Smith goes to two Final Fours in a row, including winning the title. Some of you still think he sucks and that some unproven freshmen will “shut him down.” UK might win. UL might win. But assuming a senior player-of-the-year candidate that hasn’t been shut down by anyone so far is going to be overwhelmed by some young blood is just stupid.

    Russ is not NBA material. Getting a degree makes sense because he will probably play Europe or Asia for a while and then be 30 and need something to fall back on. People that think it’s Pitino’s doing to keep him at UL are just stupid. Pitino practically forced Dieng, their best player, to go to the NBA when he didn’t want to. Where’s the logic in that?