The University of Louisville’s men’s basketball game against the University of Kentucky at the KFC Yum! Center on Dec. 27 will have an added element this season.

The game will be featured as the 2014 Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout, with a portion of the game proceeds benefitting the non-profit Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.  The game will be televised on ESPN2, with the tipoff time to be set at a later date.

“The Louisville and Kentucky rivalry is one of the best in college basketball.” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “It’s an honor to be a part of this event and we are thankful for the continued support.”

Louisville trails 32-15 in its series against Kentucky, the 2014 NCAA national runner-up.  Last season, the Cardinals fell 73-66 in Lexington on Dec. 28 and lost 74-69 in the NCAA Midwest Region semifinals in Indianapolis, Ind. on March 28.

UofL will manage the Basketball Hall of Fame Shootout as a regular season home game, with tickets included in the Cardinals’ season ticket package.

The significant contribution from this game will help the Basketball Hall of Fame in its on-going efforts to preserve and promote the game at all levels.  Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the city where basketball was invented, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level – professional, collegiate, men and women. Note:

Immediately fans wondered why the state’s largest basketball showcase would not be on ESPN or CBS.   ESPN obtained the rights to the game and is showing the Pinstripe Bowl & Holiday Bowls that day.  CBS will broadcast the Sun Bowl on 12/27.

Louisville Football could have the following Bowl Conflicts on this date:  12/26 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in Tampa, FL; 12/27 Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX; and 12/27 Pinstripe Bowl in NYC.

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