-If you’re into gambling (not that we condone that sort of thing), SB Nation has you covered with some of the latest lines and odds on today’s game. Fun fact, 10 of the last 11 games in the series have gone “under” in the over/under.
-Gary Parish suggests that Louisville v. Kentucky is college basketball’s best rivalry in his weekend preview column. Suggesting so because of the personal rivalry between the two coaches and the national prominence of the two programs.
–Jay Bilas wrote a column for ESPN.com, giving his take on the Louisville/Kentucky game. He lists Ryan Harrow as Kentucky’s X-Factor and predicts a 67-62 victory for the Cardinals.
-The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece on the relationship between Russ Smith and Rick Pitino. In which, Pitino admits that he “understands what (Smith) needs to do to be an effective basketball player. He doesn’t need handcuffs on.” Such a relaxed attitude will assuredly have an impact on today’s game.
-You know the rivalry is big when a Hawaii newspaper gives their take on a game happening 4,300 miles away. TheGardenIsland.com wrote an in-depth preview of today’s game, citing its history and implications in the state. In the article, Louisville Center, Gorgui Dieng, explained to his parents the importance of the rivalry. “I’ve told them it’s two schools that hate each other. The good thing is, they don’t speak English. Whatever (fans) say, it doesn’t matter to them.”