The most heated sports rivalry in Kentucky basketball goes national on Saturday night when the No. 1-seeded Kentucky Wildcats face the No. 4-seeded Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
The tip off takes place at about 6:09 p.m. ET. The game will be television on CBS.
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While there are will be a strong collection of talent on the court, much of the focus will be on the coaches. John Calipari and Rick Pitino are reportedly not friends, and Pitino is a prominent face in the state, after coaching the Wildcats to a title in 1996.
The two teams met at Rupp Arena on New Year's Eve, with the Wildcats edging the Cardinals, 69-62. The game received some criticism for some questionable calls by officials. Both teams shot quite poorly from the field.
The Wildcats boast the AP Player of the Year in Anthony Davis. The 6'10 forward, who received the award on Friday, is a major presence around the hoop, and has averaged 14.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.6 blocks while shooting 64.2 percent. He is the first freshman to receive the award since Kevin Durant in 2007.
There is certainly more to the Wildcats' offense than just Davis. Calipari gives six players extensive minutes, and has an excellent backcourt in Marquis Teague and Doron Lamb. In the frontcourt, Davis is joined by Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who are both legitimate NBA prospects.
Darius Miller, who averages the least minutes of Calipari's top six players, is also a prominent scorer. The 6'8 senior swingman is averaging 10 points per game, on 47.2 percent shooting from the field, and 78.5 percent shooting from the free-throw line.
Louisville, on the other hand, is devoid of such depth and star power. But what they lack in high-profile talent, they make up for in tough defense. Pitino employs a match-up zone that is capable of giving opponents fits.
The Cardinals barely edged three-of-four tournament opponents, but were able to gain a convincing win over No.1-seeded Michigan State. It was a major momentum boost for Louisville, after the team's struggles against elite competition this season.
Kyle Kuric is the team's most reliable scorer. The 6'4 guard is a very good shooter, and does a solid job of turning the ball over much. Kuric is coming off two consecutive poor performances, so the senior is likely due for a better shooting night.
Louisville also have weapon in Russ Smith. The sophomore guard started off the tournament slow, but had a strong game against Florida, when he scored 19 points on six-of-13 shooting. Smith also lit up the Wildcats on Dec. 31, when he scored 30 points on 10-of-20 shooting, which was basically have the Cardinals' points.
BETTING ODDS: Kentucky by 8.5
PREDICTION: Louisville have to slow the game down, and not allow the Wildcats to play an uptempo style. The Cardinals will need to make this more of a half-court set game, which means milking the shot clock. Expect the Wildcats to force turnovers and lead fast breaks in the second half. This will force the Cardinals to speed the game up, which will playing into Kentucky's hands. In the end, the Wildcats are simply more talented.
PREDICTED SCORE: Wildcats over Cardinals, 77-66