This rivalry has slowly become one of college basketball’s best over time, and it’s taken another step up since the arrival of John Calipari in Lexington. After it had become stagnant in the Tubby Smith/Billy Gillespie years, it’s gained another level of importance since 2009, as both teams usually are ranked and have hopes of contending for a spot in the Final Four.
While both teams haven’t quite lived up to their preseason rankings thus far, it has put an added level of importance on this game for a much-needed resume-boosting win. Ahead of the game, UK has released a hype video featuring several recent matchups, including a pair of NCAA Tournament thrillers that saw the Cats edge the Cards.
The game you dream of. pic.twitter.com/8JDjQoOnyw— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) December 28, 2017