December 29, 2018 marked the one-year anniversary of Kentucky’s 90-61 massacre of the Louisville Cardinals, a game that added an exclamation mark to the downfall of the basketball program following the Rick Pitino era. 365 days later, and the Wildcats managed yet another dominant victory on the road over Louisville to stand as a lovely bookend to close out the year.
But it wasn’t just those two games on December 29, 2017 and December 29, 2018 where Kentucky found massive victories over its bitter arch rival. The Wildcats also had quite the year in the time between.
I went through all of the matchups between the Cats and Cards throughout the past year, adding up the total score for each team, and the numbers came out heavily in Kentucky’s favor.
Let’s break this thing down:
We’ll start with the big three:
- Men’s basketball (2017) – Kentucky wins 90-61 (29 points)
- Football (2018) – Kentucky wins 56-10 (46 points)
- Men’s basketball (2018) – Kentucky wins 71-58 (13 points)
If we’re keeping track of the total in just these three games, Kentucky outscored Louisville 217-129, good for a whopping total of 88 points.
According to Corey Price of UK Athletics, it’s the first time in the current rivalry that the football and basketball team won by at least 13 points in the same season for either school. It’s also just the 2nd time that Kentucky has defeated Louisville on the road in both men’s basketball and football in the same season, with the first coming during the 2010-2011 season.
In basketball-only numbers, yesterday marked the first time since 1995 and 1996 that the Wildcats have had consecutive basketball victories over the Cardinals by 13 or more points. Kentucky also held Louisville to 61 points or less in consecutive games for the first time since their matchups in 2005 and 2006.
To show just how impressive the win was yesterday, it was the largest margin of victory in Kentucky’s first true road matchup of the season since 2010, when the Wildcats defeated Portland by a whopping 31 points.
From there, the dominance over the Cards continues:
- Baseball (2018) – 8-5 win (Series split 1-1)
- Volleyball (2018) – Kentucky sweeps the Cards 3-0
- Soccer (2018) – Kentucky wins 3-0
- Softball – Kentucky wins 8-0
- Hockey (2018) – Kentucky sweeps series 2-0 (victories of 4-3 and 4-1)
In victories, the Wildcats outscored the Cardinals 247-138 throughout the year.
Finding Kentucky losses against Louisville was a bit more challenging, as the Cards only won three times in major sports over the past year.
- Women’s basketball – Louisville wins 80-75
- Baseball (2018) – Louisville wins 8-2 (Series split 1-1)
- Women’s soccer – Louisville wins 1-0
Adding in the three losses, our overall final score comes to…
Between December 29, 2017 and December 29, 2018, Kentucky outscored Louisville in all major sports by a total of 324-227. With a 9-3 overall record, the Cats have beaten the Cards by nearly 100 total points across the board.