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— We’re just 36 hours away from the biggest game of Louisville’s season, when the Dirty Birds roll into Lexington for the noon game on CBS against Kentucky. Louisville, of course, is coming in after a heartbreaking loss to No. 12 Georgetown in the YUM! Center on Wednesday, but thanks to the college basketball schedule, the Cards will still be ranked fourth when they meet Kentucky. It’ll be the first time the two in-state rivals face each other while both teams are ranked in the top five. Get your popcorn ready.
— I would like to remind all Louisville fans who plan on attending Saturday’s game that Rupp Arena is a non-smoking facility. That includes Black & Milds, Swisher Sweets cigarillos (all flavors), and marijuana. Handguns are also prohibited. Cardinals and Old English lettering shaved into the back of your head will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
— Louisville’s Chane Behanan told cn|2 yesterday that “the game will go down as one of the best games in history.” The freshman forward from Bowling Green certainly isn’t afraid to give his predictions to the media. But, once again, we’re going to disagree with Nostrabehanan on this one, just as we did when he predicted an undefeated season for Louisville. The game isn’t going to be close.
— If you missed cn|2’s “Cats vs. Cards: Rumble at Rupp” special on the UK-UofL game, well, you should be ashamed of yourself. We’ll let it slide this time but we expect you to watch it when it re-airs Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. before the game. A lot of hard work went into the special and I think you’ll really enjoy what Chip Cosby, Will Mapes and the gang at Insight put together for you. It’s a great way to get you pumped up for the game, if you need any more pumping up.
— Kentucky fans have reason to be concerned with the game, only because of the gentlemen that’ll be blowing the whistle and wearing the black and white stripes. Tony Greene and Jamie Luckee have been assigned to officiate the game, meaning UK fans will be pissed off for the entire 40 minutes. Greene is easily the most hated referee in Big Blue Nation, and Kentucky is just 5-4 in games called by Luckee during the Calipari Era. You may remember him as the guy who T’d up DeAndre Liggins against North Carolina. This could get interesting.
— I say Kentucky fans should be concerned with the officiating, when really the only concern should be Terrence Jones — and I’m not talking about that pinky. After Kentucky’s win over Lamar, Calipari said Jones needs to “step on the gas” if he’s going to be the guy. “He’s got to play like he’s fighting for minutes,” Calipari said. “I tell him, just work like you’re trying to achieve something. You haven’t achieved anything, so go work for it.” Kentucky can’t afford to let Jones go through the motions in quality minutes against Louisville. He can get away with a lack of effort against some teams, but not a team like Louisville. Just look at the Indiana game. Kentucky needs him to play hard. If he’s missing shots, that’s excusable. It’s the constant lack of effort and lackadaisical attitude away when he doesn’t have the ball that is hurting him.
— Kentucky also needs Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to keep his hands to himself in the first half. MKG comes out firing on all cylinders every game, and that’s great, but it has led to early foul trouble in a number of UK’s games this season. Just like the Terrence Jones situation, Kentucky can get away with MKG picking up two early fouls against some teams, but not against Louisville. The aggressive on-ball defense is great, he just needs to be a little smarter when reaching in to avoid picking up cheap fouls.
— Josh Harrellson is giving it to Pau Gasol right now. Who ever thought we’d be saying that when he was playing under Clyde?
— Mike Kryzeswskeiwsi was spotted in the crowd at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach during Shabazz Muhammad’s game Thursday afternoon. Muhammad said he absolutely saw Coach K in the crowd but he tried not to let his rat-like face distract him. “You’re going to see who is in the stands or not, but I try to block them out and just play my game,” Muhammad said. “It’s always a blessing having Coach K come to your game and watch you play.” The No. 1 player in Amurrica became the all-time leading scorer at Bishop-Gorman in the game, as his team opened things up with a 32-2 to start the game. He lists Duke as one of the six schools he is considering and I added the part about the rat face to spice things up a bit.
— Hey, look! Vanderbilt showed up. It’s about time the Commodores did something. Vandy put a 17-point whoopin’ on No. 12 Marquette in the Bradley Center Thursday night. Maybe they’re tired of embarrassing the SEC name. Also from the conference, Florida lost a great game in double overtime at Rutgers. That Bradley Beal can play.
— For you generous folks out there… The Salvation Army is accepting donations through the True Blue Kettle Drive on the fundraiser’s website. Coach Cal and Mayor Jim Gray are behind the project and the money raised goes directly to support The Salvation Army’s programs, such as the Boys and Girls Club and Early Learning Center. The Salvation Army has 152 beds and operates at capacity most days of the year so a donation of any amount would go a long way in helping the less fortunate. The Salvation Army often has families sleeping in the lobby of the facility just because they just need someplace warm.
That’ll do it for tonight. Tune in to Matt Jones and his merry band of hooligans for the last radio show before the Louisville game. I bet he has a few words to say about those Cardinals.