The Kentucky Wildcats fell 13 spots to No. 19 overall in the new AP Poll after losing back-to-back games to the Utah Utes and Ohio State Buckeyes this past week. However, they’ll have one more chance before the new year to boost their resume.
This time, it’s against the No. 3-ranked, in-state rival Louisville Cardinals.
As you may very well remember, the Cats have dominated the Cards in basketball in the decade John Calipari has been UK’s head coach. Kentucky only has one loss during that span, and that one was probably a fluke.
However, it looks like the school down the road might have the advantage this time around.
The good news is that Kentucky will return home for this one. The bad news is the Cats are coming off two straight losses. Things aren’t looking pretty right now, but you never know what’ll happen in a rivalry game.
Louisville has a very solid squad, but just like every other team in the country right now, they have their weaknesses.
Kentucky’s guards should be able to run circles around Louisville’s. The big men are basically a wash with a slight edge to UL. But the biggest concern for UK has to be Player of the Year candidate Jordan Nwora.
Nwora can score at will and Kentucky really doesn’t have anyone that can match up with the 6-8 small forward. But, as mentioned above, Louisville doesn’t really have anyone to match up with Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, and Immanuel Quickley.
It’s hard to be confident in Kentucky after watching them play this season, especially the last two games. But Calipari always has his team ready for this one, and even more so when UK is in the friendly confines of Rupp Arena.
So, while fans might be lacking in confidence at the moment, it’s never smart to doubt Coach Cal. With that being said, who do you think wins Saturday?
Who wins: Kentucky or Louisville?
This poll is closed