Final Four Preview: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals
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Two teams from the same state haven’t faced each other in the Final Four in 50 years. As intriguing as this game is for all of America, and college basketball, it’s resoundingly more in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
We all know that Kentucky is supposed to be in the Final Four, but, Louisville was fortunate to make the sweet 16 and nobody picked them to be in the Final Four tonight. This is truly going to be the best example of David versus Goliath.
Kentucky has the better players and this could be Coach John Calipari’s best coaching job since his days at UMass. He’s had the players in recent years, but never able to get over the hump. Based on progression alone, Kentucky should be in the Final Four and win at least one game, if not the entire tournament. Led by All-Everything Anthony Davis, the Wildcats have balance all over the court. Front court/back court/bench support, they have it all. Their resounding win over Baylor showed us exactly how good has Kentucky has been all season, but they might just be may be peaking at the right time. However, all that goodness dies quickly if they can’t beat Louisville.
These two teams are long time rivals and that rivalry got worse when former Kentucy icon Coach Rick Pitino began coaching Louisville. The Cardinals don’t have big name players, they just have good players.
Running the same path that Connecticut did last year, the Cardinals have won 8 post season games in a row. Cruising to the Big East and now up against Kentucky, same as Uconn did last year. The question becomes if the two paths continue past Saturday night. It’s been 20 years since Kentucky had its hearts ripped out by Christian Laettner and Duke. Will it be retribution for Kentucky or former Kentucky, present Louisville coach Pitino?
We hope so, but don’t think so. We have Kentucky winning this one by 7 or more.