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Game Thread/Preview: #17 Kentucky WBB at #7 Louisville

Can the Cats beat the Cards for the sixth straight year?

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NCAA Womens Basketball: SEC Basketball Tournament- Kentucky vs Florida Logan Bowles-USA TODAY Sports

Dear Jeff Walz,

Question for you: did you know there’s something of a sports rivalry between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville? No, really, there is. It’s so intense it’s caused fights to break out at dialysis centers, and a Hall of Fame coach to flip off his former supporters. Maybe you’ve heard of it?

I’m writing because this is the second straight time Kentucky has come to face your Cards at that overpriced and underfunded shrine to fried chicken the Yum Center and the game isn’t televised. Which strikes me as weird since the last two times it was played at Kentucky it was shown on national television.

Now I realize you’re a busy man, what with coaching a top ten basketball squad and making big headlines about how spoiled millennials are these days, but it seems to me that a man of your skills could take five seconds to call up your highly overpaid AD Tom Jurich and see if he couldn’t grease a few wheels with ESPN to get this game televised.

Unless of course you’re worried that Kentucky is going to beat you for the sixth straight year? I mean, sure, Janee Thompson has graduated (she always managed to find the basket to beat you) but you still have two Naismith trophy candidates in the form of Makayla Epps and Evelyn Akhator to deal with. (To be fair, UofL has 3) On top of that you have not one, not two but THREE born and bred die-hard UK fans in the lineup who can play serious ball. (Technically four if you count Makayla, but I’ve mentioned her already...) P.S. Not sure if you heard, but Makayla is also a candidate for the Wade Trophy.

You have previously said it doesn’t matter if Kentucky wins this game because the Cards go further in the tournament. (Until last year, but hey, what’s a little schadenfreude between friends?) If that’s true, then why don’t you put your money where your mouth is and insist this game be televised? Or is being a sore loser not limited to UofL’s football and men’s basketball coaches?

All our love,

The Big Blue Nation

Note: I was going to write an actual preview, but the letter to Jeff was way more fun, and actually tells you more or less what you need to know. Except for this: Louisville is coming off a two game skid with losses to #3 South Carolina and #5. Kentucky is coming off a MONSTER win over #12 Oklahoma. Both teams are well aware of this rivalry. Expect a crazy intensive game, which would have been glorious to watch on television.

Since that isn’t happening, you can tune in to watch via ESPN3 or listen to Neil Price calling all the action via 630 WLAP in Lexington. Tipoff is at 2 PM EST.

Until then, Cat fans...Go Big Blue!