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Kentucky Basketball vs Louisville: Game Time, TV Info, Live Online Stream, Odds and More

The two in-state rivals reside just 78 miles apart, but they'll both be together Saturday in what's shaping up to be another classic matchup in the series.

The college basketball world will be focused in on Rupp Arena this Saturday when the Kentucky Wildcats host the Louisville Cardinals in their annual Bluegrass rivalry matchup.

You could say that both teams are heading in different directions as UL has surged up the poll after not getting much respect in the preseason. They've gone from unranked to No. 15 in the latest USA Today Coaches Poll thanks to an 11-1 start. However, most of those wins have come against vastly inferior competition as UL has no wins over a team with an RPI over 70.

Kentucky, meanwhile, has wins over No. 10 Duke and a quality Arizona State team. However, the Cats have suffered embarrassing defeats to the likes of UCLA and Ohio State. The latter of which is UK's most recent game, a 74-67 defeat against the Buckeyes in the Barclays Center. It was a game OSU dominated for much of the contest before a late Wildcat rally fell just short.

The lone bright spot from the game was the amazing performance freshman guard Jamal Murray had. He scored 33 points vs. Ohio State, the second-highest total in the John Calipari era. Murray also became the first player in program history to hit at least one three-pointer in each of his first 11 collegiate games

It also helps that the Wildcats are 28-6 following a loss during the Calipari era. However, they'll be facing what may be the best opponent they'll see in the regular season. UL leads in the nation in scoring margin (+30.2), is second in rebounding margin (+14.9) and scoring defense (55.9), and is fifth in field goal percentage defense (.352).

The Cards also rank sixth in the nation in field goal percentage (.519) and have shot above 50 percent in nine of its 12 games. UL shot 50 percent or above on eight games all of last season and currently rank 13th nationally in scoring (86.1 ppg). UL is also once again among the nation's best at forcing turnovers. The Cardinals have produced double-digit steals in four games this season, including grabbing 12 vs Utah Valley in its last game. UofL is second in the ACC in steals per game (8.4) while averaging 19.8 points off turnovers this season.

The Cardinals' top score has been senior wing Damion Lee. The graduate transfer by way of Drexel has been UL’s top scorer in eight of 12 games this season. He is among the ACC leaders in scoring (17.3, 5th in ACC), steals (1.8, 3rd) and free-throw percentage (.891, 3rd).

Fellow senior guard Trey Lewis is no slouch either. The graduate transfer out of Cleveland State was honored as the MVP of the Billy Minardi Classic this week, averaging 19 points, five rebounds and hit six of 12 three-pointers in the two games. He scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high seven boards in the second round against Utah Valley after notching 17 points vs UMKC.

While UL does not have a signature win, they did push No. 1 Michigan State to the limit in East Lansing before narrowly losing by a 71-67 margin. Lewis and Lee combined to score 44 points while no other Card had more than seven points.

Here is everything you'll need to watch and follow the Cats take on the Cards.

Louisville Cardinals (11-1) at Kentucky Wildcats (9-2)

When: Saturday, Dec. 26th

Location: Rupp Arena

Game Time: 12 p.m. ET


RostersUL RosterKentucky Roster

Online and CBS Sports Mobile App

RadioUK Radio Network (Tom Leach, Mike Pratt)

Odds: Kentucky opened as a 2.5-point favorite, per Odds Shark.

Series: Kentucky leads the all-time series against Louisville by a 33-15 margin.

Recent Streaks: UK has won seven of the last eight and hold a 24-11 advantage since the series resumed in 1983.

Head Coaches vs School: UL head coach Rick Pitino had a 6-2 record as the Wildcats’ head coach in games against the Cards and has a 5-11 record facing UK. John Calipari is 7-1 vs UL as the UK head coach.

Last Meeting: Louisville fell 58-50 to the top-ranked Wildcats last season as the Cardinals made just 25.9 percent of its field goals. UK guard Tyler Ulis scored a team-high 14 points off the bench to lead the Cats to victory.

Projected UL Starters

G - Quentin Snider, 6-2, 175 lbs

G- Trey Lewis, 6-2, 185 lbs

F - Damion Lee, 6-6, 210 lbs

F - Raymond Spalding, 6-10, 210 lbs

C - Chinanu Onuaku, 6-10, 245 lbs

Projected UK Starters

G - Tyler Ulis, 5-9, 160 lbs

G - Isaiah Briscoe, 6-3, 202 lbs

G - Jamal Murray, 6-4, 207 lbs

F - Alex Poythress, 6-8, 230 lbs

F - Skal Labissiere, 6-11, 225 lbs