It’s almost time for Kentucky to beat Louisville, the Big Blue Nation’s favorite annual tradition.
The tradition has a new twist this year. Chris Mack will be coaching in his first rivalry game from the Yum! Center sidelines. The new UofL head coach does not bring the same level of vitriol as Rick Pitino, but you can learn to hate Mojito Mack.
In the young season, Mack’s first team has been tested. The Cards went toe-to-toe with Tennessee, fell in overtime to Marquette and let a win slip away at Assembly Hall. During the difficult stretch they picked up an impressive win over Michigan State and beat Seton Hall in a true road game, the two teams’ only common opponent.
Jordan Nwora has been excellent for Louisville. The 6’8″ wing averages 17.8 points per game for UofL, but he’s the only player consistently scoring in double figures. They get most of their offense from multiple players behind the three-point line (35.8 percent), while struggling in the post. If Reid Travis and P.J. Washington bring a similar performance from Chicago to Louisville, it will be a long afternoon for the Cards.
The Last Meeting
A year ago Shai Gilgeous-Alexander hosted his coming out party at Rupp Arena. The UK point guard scored 24 points to lead Kentucky to a 90-61 win, the third largest win in series history.
We don’t need to talk about what happened the last time Kentucky played UofL at the chicken bucket.
Kentucky opened as 1-point favorites, but that line quickly jumped to 2.5. If you prefer to dabble on over-unders, it’s currently set at 146.5.
Prepare on the KSR Pregame Show
Before UK tips off in Louisville, listen to the KSR crew preview the matchup between the Cats and the Cards. All of the action begins on 630 WLAP or online at 11:30.
KyWildcatsTV never fails to bring the heat for the rivalry game.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 28, 2018
How to Watch and Listen
Tip is set for 2:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, and Dan Dakich on the call. If you’re stuck on the road and can’t watch, there are multiple ways to listen to the Voice of the Wildcats.
- AM: 840 WHAS, 630 WLAP
- FM: 98.1 WBUL
- Satellite: XM-191 and Sirius-134
- Online: iHeart Radio
It’s a Party at KSBar
It’s going to be insane today. Enjoy a day full of fantastic sports on TV.
A few other good games you can find on TV:
- Noon: Florida vs. Michigan in the Peach Bowl on ESPN
- Noon: South Carolina vs. Virginia in the Belk Bowl on ABC
- Noon: Davidson vs. #14 UNC on ESPN2
- 1:15: Nevada vs. Arkansas State in the Arizona Bowl on CBSSN
- 4:00: Butler at Florida on ESPNU
Women’s Basketball in Action
Matthew Mitchell’s squad wraps up non-conference play against Sacred Heart this morning at 11:30 am. After the No. 18 team in America gets the win, the head coach is bringing in pizza for fans to enjoy while watching the Cats and the Cards on the new big screen at Memorial Coliseum.
Citrus Bowl Activities
There’s a lot happening before the Kentucky-Louisville basketball game tips off. Coordinators and players will hold a press conference beginning at 9:00 a.m., followed by the Citrus Bowl Parade through downtown Orlando at 9:30 a.m. KSR will have coverage from the events, but I will miss practice to watch in the afternoon to watch the Cats and the Cards with Gary in Orlando and the rest of the UK fans at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Even though I thought the early highlight of the trip was dragging Smoke onto rides at Universal, David Bouvier stole the show at the Best Buy shopping spree.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) December 29, 2018
Remember Kahlil Whitney? He removed someone’s soul from their body with one dunk.
— Overtime (@overtime) December 28, 2018