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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Upsetting Louisville Has Meant in the Past

It will probably be forgotten 5 years from now, but Kentucky beating Louisville on Saturday was technically an upset.  The final line finished either at 2.5 or 3 points in UL’s favor.  It hasn’t happened all that often since the beginning of the rivalry, but what has upsetting Louisville meant for the momentum of the season?  From what I could find, UK had only “upset” Louisville 4 times in the modern series, all since 2004.  Take a look at how those seasons fared:

2010-11
Kentucky 78, Louisville 63
UK’s record before UL: 10-2
UK’s record after UL: 18-7
NCAA Tournament Finish: FINAL FOUR

-In this season, the Cats big win over UL actually did not propel them into a good SEC run.  In face, UK lost 6 SEC games that season, all on the road.  While as a team this game did not seem to spark them, it did push Josh Harrellson to the front and gave us a glimpse of what he could give UK the rest of the season.

2006-07
Kentucky 61, Louisville 49
UK’s record before UL: 6-3
UK’s record after UL: 15-9
NCAA Tournament Finish: 2ND ROUND

-This was Tubby Smith’s last season and likely his worst team.  Thanks to a fantastic performance from freshman Jodie Meeks the Cats whipped a cold shooting UL squad.  But the team was hampered by poor offense all year, a lack of leadership, and an overall malaise in the program.

2005-06
Kentucky 73, Louisville 61
UK’s record before UL: 6-3
UK’s record after UK: 15-10
NCAA Tournament Finish: 2ND ROUND

-Rajon Rondo dominated this game against a 4th ranked UL team that would go on to miss the NCAA Tournament.  Nonetheless, the Cats were a 4-point underdog at the time.  But once again, the Cats did not use the UL upset to vault them to a great SEC season, as they lost 8 SEC games that season.

2004-05
Kentucky 60, Louisville 58
UK’s record before UL: 6-1
UK’s record after UL: 21-5
NCAA Tournament Finish: ELITE EIGHT

-UK was ranked 9th and UL 13th, but the game being at Freedom Hall gave the Cards a 2-point spread.  Which they had covered easily at half until Patrick Sparks went nuts.  In this case, the Cats did begin to improve off this game and just missed on a Final Four appearance.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

11 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Upsetting Louisville Has Meant in the Past



  1. DB11
    9:04 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    It’s never an upset in my eyes because I expect to beat the Louseville Dirty Birds every year.



  2. Raazoul
    9:12 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    How was that an upset? Vegas had us a 4pt favorite… Who cares about what rank some AP writer who has never picked up a basketball thinks? That Louisville team is trash, if they played a decent schedule they wouldn’t make the tournament.



    • dfsdf
      9:40 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      No. Vegas had us 3 pt under.



    • AnthonyBBN
      9:54 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      By time tip off occurred it had been bet down to UofL as a 2 point favorite. So yes, by both polls and vegas this was an upset.



  3. Not So Silent Bob
    9:20 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    This rivalry is simply ugly, I love to banter before the game as much as the next guy, but those of you that hold their fanship against them like a disease are making it tougher for the next more reasonable guy.



    • Seriously
      9:51 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

      This guy clearly does not live in louisville



  4. Jordan
    9:54 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I just read regarding Trey Lyles, that Pitino doesn’t like to recruit 1&done’s when going against UK. But in the same article, RP says, “I’d like to coach a one&done”. Not too long ago, he said, “I don’t want to coach a 1&done, because they’re here for 8 months and I don’t get to know them”. Which is it Ricky P? I’m sure you would like to coach 1, if you could get 1. Teague? Lyles? Wait, you can’t even get a 4 yr guy when Cal gets involved (Derek Willis)



  5. eddie vedder
    10:23 am December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Beating UL is NEVER an upset, we’re supposed to.

  6. Nice post BTI. However, notice the big difference between year 1 in your list, when we made the final four, and the other 3 years…Cal was the coach in the first one.



  7. Participant
    12:00 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    I echo what others have said…it is NEVER an upset, no matter what anyone outside the state lines says.
    The “tradition” of Louisville basketball includes playing in the OVC and the MVC. For most of their history, they would be considered a mid-major. How can any school with the “tradition” like that be a favorite against a school that really is (like Cal says) College Basketball?

    I have never understood the invectives hurled toward BTI, until now.

    We never “upset” anyone, no matter what our record is.

    That is why we don’t rush the court.



  8. Chicago Chris
    12:19 pm December 31, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, man, how quickly I forget the number of losses in 2010-11. I think it was excused somewhat by the Kanter situation, but the loss column is completely ignored when you make the FF.