2:00 p.m. Tipoff.
The game is SOLD OUT. As of this posting the cheapest ticket on StubHub is $211.68 in the Upper Corner and the cheapest Lower Level is $596.61.
The Yum! Center holds 22,000 for basketball. Louisville is 74-9 and is in the middle of its 5th Season at the facility.
Kentucky holds a 15-32 series advantage over the Cards dating back to 1913. The series has been played continuously without interruption since the 1983 MidEast Regional Final in Knoxville, TN. Following that meeting, Louisville and Kentucky agreed to a regular season meeting each year, beginning with the 1983-84 season.
Prior to the 1983 agreement, Louisville and Kentucky played its last regular season match-up on January 21, 1922, but did play in the 1948 Olympic Trials, the 1951 NCAA Eastern Regional, and the 1959 NCAA Midwest Regional.
Kentucky holds a 8-11 series advantage in Louisville. The last meeting between the two programs was in the 2014 Regional Semi-Final in Indianpolis, IN at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kentucky won that match-up 74-69.
UK ranked #1 and UofL ranked #4 is the highest combined ranking (5) between the two teams ever. Also, Saturday’s game marks the first time the Cards and Cats will meet with undefeated records in a game that isn’t the season opener (UofL & UK opened the 1984 and 1993 seasons against each other).
Louisville is 4-5 all-time against teams in the regular season ranked #1, including 3 of its last 4. Louisville has a 31-5 record in December over the last four years, including a 19-1 mark the last three seasons.Louisville’s 107 victories over the last four years are the most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30-win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories by its 2012-13 NCAA Title team. Louisville has a 175-40 record (.814) against non-conference opponents in Coach Rick Pitino’s 14 seasons (includes post-season). The Cardinals are 120-11 at home in regular season non-conference games under Pitino, including
a 44-2 mark over the last five seasons in the KFC Yum! Center.
The Battle for the Bluegrass will be broadcast on ESPN2 with Dan Schulman doing play-by-play, Jay Bilas providing color commentary, and Shannon Spake on the sideline.
The Louisville version of the Radio broadcast that features the award-winning and classic vocals of Paul Rogers will be broadcast on 790 AM WKRD in Louisville. You may also find Paul’s call on Sirius 91, XM 91. Rogers will be joined by Doug Ormay.
Karl Hess, Roger Ayers, and Michael Roberts