Just win baby.
Those were the famous words of NFL legend Al Davis, and they perfectly sum up Saturday's game between Kentucky and Louisville. Somewhere between Skal's disappearance, Isaiah Briscoe's freak injury and even last week's shocking loss to Ohio State, this became a 'just win baby' game for Kentucky.
And they just did barely edge the Cards for the eighth time in nine tries under John Calipari, one of the best streaks in the history of the rivalry for either side. This hasn't exactly been the kind of season UK fans envisioned when their Cats were ranked as the preseason No. 1 or 2 team in just about every poll, but a win over Louisville can help cure a lot of ails.
After all, UK has made at least the Elite Eight in six of the past seven seasons they've beaten UL while reaching the Final Four in each of the past four seasons they topped the Cards.
Tweet(s) of the Day:
Go Cats. That is all. #BBN— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) December 26, 2015
Dominique Hawkins lives his boyhood dream: https://t.co/l9shzBhIgF pic.twitter.com/fW2a7RdnSk— Herald-Leader Sports (@KentuckySports) December 27, 2015
Former UK great and 1998 national champ Nazr Mohammed @NazrMohammed was the "Y" today pic.twitter.com/u73J35RjCx— Big Blue Express (@bigbluexpress) December 27, 2015
Kentucky will go wherever Tyler Ulis leads
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Calipari tops Pitino again -- on scoreboard and in manners
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Poythress attacks Louisville's zone defense in UK win
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Lee keeps Cardinals in it, but final shot falls short
12.5 seconds left and his team trailing by two points in what will almost certainly be the toughest environment they play in all season, Damion Lee wanted to go for the kill instead of the tie, but Poythress wouldn't allow it.
Observations from Kentucky’s 75-73 win against Louisville.
When Isaiah Briscoe injured an ankle during pregame warm-ups, Dominique Hawkins and Alex Poythress became the difference-makers for Kentucky.
Hawkins joins unique in-state club
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Rick Pitino denies making obscene gesture at UK fan
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