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Louisville in Lexington

Last March, Kentucky fans got treated to a first and second round game in Louisville for the NCAA tournament, and poor Western Kentucky and Iowa State had to put up with a predominantly UK crowd for their brief shining moment.

This year, the tables have turned, and the Cardinals, with their projected overall #1 seed, have first dibs on an extremely close opening couple games in Rupp.  That’s all well and good; Kentucky wouldn’t be able to play there in the tournament anyway.  If a team plays more than three games in an arena during a given season, it’s considered a “home court,” and they’re not allowed to be there for the tournament.  Trust me, I Wikipedia’d it.  So Kentucky is projected to be sent to Dayton, Ohio, while the Dirty Birds would be coming here.

To Lexington.

For the tournament.

Personally, I think it’s great.  I doubt heckling would do any good in the first round, since a 16-seed has never beaten a 1-seed.  Doesn’t mean we couldn’t try, I’m just saying don’t get your hopes up.  But look at what the second round could be: the Louisville Cardinals vs. the Tennessee Volunteers.  In Rupp.  During March Madness.  If that’s not worth the price of admission, I don’t know what is.  Not only would you have your first opportunity to legitimately root for the Vols since like, ever, but it’s a win-win scenario.  At least one team would be knocked out of the tournament, and sent home crying, on our hallowed court.

There’s a lot of basketball between now and then, but I’ll be crossing my fingers all season long that this happens.  If there is any justice in the world, we’ll be able to see this next March.  Rupp would be filled to the brim with Kentucky fans booing their two biggest rivals.  It’d be like watching a wrestling match, only with fewer chairs to the head.  Not none, just, you know… fewer.

Please let this happen.

Article written by Corey Nichols

25 Comments for Louisville in Lexington

  1. asdf
    9:02 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    The last time this happened, the Cards got sent packing by none other than Billy Clyde. That victory had the unfortunate side-effect of helping to choose our coach after Tubby, but it was cool to see the Cards go down in flames.

  2. Jezz
    9:10 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    First of all, it’s not happening.

    Second of all, if it was, Kentucky fans wouldn’t boo their two biggest rivals. They would cheer for Tennessee big times.

  3. bigbluejon
    9:23 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t think Louisville will get a #1 seed. But I could see Duke getting it and us booing them the entire game.

  4. putinrichie
    9:28 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe you didn’t know that UK couldn’t play in Rupp and you had to look it up…..did you just start following college basketball last season?

  5. Look Out Fireworks!
    9:34 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    So you’re in favor of the Louisville Cardinals being the overall #1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament? Do I have that right?

  6. Hrmmmm
    9:38 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s see…

    Goooo… uhhh… K-State?

    Cuz I cannot in good conscience root for L’ville or Tennessee. And Savannah State won’t beat the dirty birds, even with more fans in the stands cheering for them than they’ve ever seen in one place.

    Guess I can root for purple Wildcats to do what the Blue Wildcats do every year.

  7. Investment
    9:42 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I bought tickets to the Rupp tourney games. I hate the thought of the dirty birds being a #1 seed, but knowing it’s possible made those tickets look like a wise investment.

  8. Head Bussa
    9:44 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    UK fans would not fill Rupp “to the brim.” Do you not realize how many Louisville fans that will be there? There would be a decent amount of Kentucky fans in the building, but if Louisville was there you probably wouldn’t be able to hear too many cheers for anyone else. Also, I certainly don’t want Louisville getting a 1-seed and being able to play so close to home. That would almost secure them a birth into the Sweet 16 although Billy G. and A&M didn’t allow that to happen last time.

  9. Head Bussa
    9:44 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    7 — Where are those seats at?

  10. Investment
    9:48 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    9 I bought them on presale but could still only get upper levels. Section 213 Row S

  11. Poco Chang
    9:48 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    UL will NOT be a #1 seed.

    Point. Blank. Period.


  12. FK Cat
    9:49 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    7 – Exactly what I was thinking when I bought mine.

  13. tom
    9:50 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    10 – When you sell the tickets, make the DIrty Bird fan pay out of the nose! lol

  14. theWilkman
    9:57 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Terrible. It is October. Find something good to write about instead of bogus NCAA tournament projections. None of this will be the same by then (we all know Louisville won’t be a #1 seed). Profile a player, prospect, coach…something.

  15. Aaron C Bunch
    10:01 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Gentlemen, gentlemen. Don’t we all know that every year UofL receives an outrageous high rank and does what I call the “Cardinal Slide” down the ranks, some years they drop off completely. Pitino can’t coach on the fly, and fails to make adjustments and doesn’t inspire confidence in the heat of battle: THESE DAYS. He used to be an X and O guy but not anymore. That’s why you see his talented team drop 30 point losses to Providence and lose. AT HOME. TO DREXEL. Pitino can’t coach, his dirty birds will have to pull out another March Miracle to advance deep into tourney but they won’t be a #1 seed. Like my man #11 said. Point. Blank. Period. (IU is so overrated this year I can’t even see straight) GO CATS.

  16. Unknown
    10:03 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Why waste a post on something like this? The season hasn’t even started. Nothing else to write about?

  17. Blue
    10:09 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    They don’t have to be a 1-seed to play in Lexington…In fact, they really only need to be a 1-4 in all likelihood. With the pod system, they’d still likely be in Lexington for the tournament, and as much as UofL fans would like to think they’d take over Rupp, they won’t.

  18. RealCatsFan
    10:16 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I would be rooting for a meteor to come out of the sky and land on Rupp Arena. That would also serve the purpose of getting the wheels turning for a brand new arena for the Cats. 😀

    And yes, I do remember pictures of the Cardinal players weeping in the UK locker room. Or was that Duke players? Either way, it was priceless!

  19. barn
    10:18 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    i hope this projects out. if so UK will play at UD Arena in dayton which is 20 minutes north from my home. it’s a long way off, but we can dream can’t we?

  20. HicksPickSix
    11:01 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Your knowledge of college basketball is almost as out of touch as your grasp on the NBA. Hey, wait a second, pre-season games are going on now! Tomorrow you should display your vast understanding of the sport by writing a piece equally as informative and insightful as this one! How do you only post once a day on here?! Top notch writing, sir!

  21. BullDogBall
    11:58 am October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Huh, no wonder UK sUcKs sooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad in football. You all worry waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much about an in state rivals basketball team during FOOTBALL season!!
    Enjoy the slaughter coming Saturday…I know we here in Georgia will!!
    And our coach ain’t showing no mercy on Choker Joker like UL and WKU did.

  22. Jarnell Stokes
    12:36 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    This is what I meant when I said we would win in Rupp this year, you didn’t actually think I meant we’d beat UK did you?

  23. I Say
    12:53 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    I would never root for Louisville to be the number one seed in the tournament

  24. theWilkman
    3:39 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    21 – Because fan passion for basketball directly impacts football performance. Ladies and gentlemen, the Georgia education system!

  25. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:14 pm October 19, 2012 Permalink

    Still dont see UL being a #1 seed, or even the over #1 seed. Same team as last year, have hardly added anything, lost their 2 best players, and same team that lost 7 of 9 games in one stretch.