A quick trip home for the Cats, a stretch of practices and 7 days are the only thing that separate the Cats from the highly anticipated game with Louisville next week. The game has been hyped since the moment Louisville won the title last year. The reigning champs vs. the #1 recruiting class. The match-up has only lost a little luster as both teams have hit a few early season struggles, Kentucky perhaps more so than Louisville. Instead of entering the game as two top ranked teams, Kentucky has fallen to #19 while Louisville has slipped to #6 in the AP poll.
John Calipari couldn’t avoid the questions about the upcoming game, and briefly addressed Louisville and the program Rick Pitino has built there. Calipari was asked whether or not he’s raised the level of both UK and UL since arriving at Kentucky. “No. I don’t coach at that school,” Calipari responded, before adding, “What he was doing at Louisville inspired us and me here. We better work. We better get after this.”
As for the game next week? Calipari has respect for how hard Louisville plays and hopes his team can match that intensity. “They play extremely hard. Way harder than we play.”
7 days, people. 7 days.