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Tim Sullivan predicts a Louisville win in Rupp Arena

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The Courier-Journal’s Tim Sullivan knows betting against a Calipari-coached Kentucky team in Rupp Arena isn’t a wise play.

But he’s doing it this week, predicting a six-point Louisville victory over the Wildcats.

Sullivan makes two good points that are hard to disagree with — the first being Skal Labissiere going up against a much more physical big man in Chinanu Oknuaku:

Should Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku be able to exploit Labissiere’s learning curve, and absorb some of Mathiang’s minutes without reverting to his foul-prone past, the Cardinals should have enough of a rebounding edge to offset Kentucky’s superior quickness on the perimeter. [C-J]

Then Sullivan notes Rupp Arena isn’t exactly a hostile environment, another fair point:

With the students consigned to one end of the floor and the premium sections generally occupied by middle-aged money, the building’s seating configuration eliminates the feeling that hostile fans are hovering over the visiting players. It’s a hard place to play because of who you are playing, not where you are playing. [C-J]

In the end, he thinks it will be a 74-68 victory for the Cardinals, which would be only the second for Rick Pitino in the rivalry since Calipari took over in Lexington.

More on Sullivan’s reasoning: Picking Louisville, even at Rupp

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

30 Comments for Tim Sullivan predicts a Louisville win in Rupp Arena



  1. dean winchester
    2:40 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Hope he is wrong, but we seem quite the mess right now. Need AP to have a big game.



  2. FBI Informant
    2:42 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    He’s just a hater. Everyone knows Jurich pays that paper to be biased.



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:49 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Even if Louisville DOES win, they would have a 22% win percentage vs Cal/UK. LMAO!!!!



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:50 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      22 PERCENT!!!!! LMAO



    • UK Big Board Update
      8:50 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      THATS SAD!!!!



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:20 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Think about that…

      TWENTY.

      TWO.

      PERCENT!!

      Jesus…..



    • UK Big Board Update
      11:21 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Thats called “having your ass handed to you”.



  3. RC
    2:49 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Can’t really argue with his assessment. Our win over Dook seems like two seasons ago. UK definitely isn’t the same team today as they were then.
    Can we beat UofL in Rupp on Saturday? Yes.
    Are we playing like a team that’s definitely going to beat UofL on Saturday? No way.



  4. Long Dong Silver
    2:49 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    We could win by 20 or lose by 20. Neither would surprise me.



  5. Leroy Bird - 00
    2:54 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    CATS 74
    Cards 59

    Merry Christmas for Cats fans.



  6. secrick
    3:01 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    CATS 81
    CARDS 74 Pitino is so nervous right now you couldn’t drive a nail up his butt with a hammer. He has to win this one to show he can coach with Cal, when you lose 7 out of 8 it’s coaching and recruiting is part of a coaches job.GO CATS



  7. Catsby80
    3:16 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Said it before, i’ll say it again. Cats by 7. 77-70. Skal will figure it out (kinda): 12 points, 7 rebounds.



    • BigBlue2U
      3:28 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Good Lord I hope you’re right. Who would have thought we’d be praying for Skal to turn in a 12 point, 7 rebound game against Louisville at the beginning of the year? I think most of us would have viewed that as a “below average” game…



    • Catsby80
      3:45 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      no kidding. baby steps, my friend. i’d like for someone to punch him in the face to see if he gets angry. maybe he just needs a swift kick in the ass to get going.



    • mobile2
      7:10 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Man, there is no way Skal gets 12 & 7…theoretically possible I suppose but Lil’ Pusskins is just too…well Lil’ Pusskins to man up. I’ll believe it when I see it.



  8. Sentient Third Eye
    3:20 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    PREDICTION: The sports psychologist helping out UK will decide to hypnotize Skal into thinking he is Demarcus Cousins. He will have 25 pts and 17 rebounds, and we win by thirty.



    • RealCatsFan
      3:27 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      I would settle for him being hypnotized into thinking he is Nerlens – playing defense and getting some rebounds would be great.



    • Megan
      9:47 am December 23, 2015 Permalink

      Hyp-mo-tize? Haitian Vodou, more like.



  9. leon singleton
    3:28 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Cats by 28 points Lee will go ape.



  10. LeitchfieldAlex
    3:28 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    OK the dirty birds are playing with house money “no pressure”. Cats aren’t kickin it right now so I think DB-80 Cayts-70. Hope I’m wrong. Go Blue !!!!! Merry Christmas all !



  11. RealCatsFan
    3:30 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Sullivan makes an excellent point about the environment at Rupp. I have no big issues with the fans in the lower arena, I just would love to see a ring of student seating right around the perimeter of the court to make some noise. Problem is, even the eRupption Zone goes to sleep sometimes, but for a game like this, I expect them to be loud and rowdy. Cats need to make some big plays early to keep the crowd into it.



    • RealCatsFan
      3:31 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Also, I don’t think the environment at YUM is any better than at Rupp. Their students are far from the floor as well. The fact that you can buy your beer and Crown Royal at the event has to help, but still…



    • Kernel Sanders
      4:18 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      He is wrong about Rupp. Well at least Rupp’s “big game” atmosphere. I am a long time upper arena season ticket holder. When we play NJIT or Albany or Wright St, then yes Rupp is kinda flat and quiet. But cmon, if you’ve ever seen UK play UofL or Carolina, or Florida in recent years in Rupp, you’d know it gets loud and rocks. I guarantee you it can intimidate, and these senior UofL transfers from Cleveland st. and Drexel or wherever have never seen anything like it, certainly not in Yum this year.



    • mobile2
      7:12 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

      Agreed Kernel Sanders. For the big game Rupp is LOUD.



    • Megan
      9:49 am December 23, 2015 Permalink

      Students behind the visiting bench would be a more targeted solution.



  12. Leuther
    3:33 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Hope he’s wrong but can’t argue with the logic…



  13. UK Big Board Update
    8:23 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    Even if Louisville DOES win, they would have a 22% win percentage vs Cal/UK. LMAO!!!!



  14. jaws2
    10:59 pm December 22, 2015 Permalink

    What a shock! Sullivan predicts u of smell to win. Although the cards have been practicing all year, I just don’t think they’ve prepared to play in this environment. Cats by 5 and that’s good enough for me.



  15. Megan
    9:55 am December 23, 2015 Permalink

    We haven’t come together yet. Given the current trend, I don’t see how we should be favored, even in Rupp. So I’m half-expecting another loss and hoping to be pleasantly surprised.

    This is a volatile time. The team has a week between a couple of games and all the time in the world to work on things. Maybe they make some big strides. This is where Cal earns his money.