LEXINGTON, Ky. - While the University of Kentucky scored two wins against the University of Louisville last season as the Wildcats went on to win the NCAA championship, the Cardinals head into Saturday's matchup with a national ranking of No. 3/4.
"We are at a disadvantage," UK Coach John Calipari told reporters in Lexington Friday. "Come on, I just told you the team that they have, the talent that they have, they are a team that's been together for a number of years and they have added good pieces to that team. We are at a disadvantage and we've got a very, very young team."
The Wildcats secured an 82-54 win over Marshall in their last home game of 2012. Sophomore Ryan Harrow had a career-high 23 points to go along with four assists. Freshman Nerlens Noel posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and classmate Archie Goodwin contributed 18 points in the win.
Kentucky leads the all-time series with Louisville by a 30-14 margin. UK has won seven of the last nine in the series.
Reporters asked Calipari whether he felt the team's freshen understand what the UK/U of L rivalry means to the fans. "They don't, but they'll feel it when the game starts," Calipari said..
The Cardinals began the season ranked No. 2 in the nation and have remained in the top five in every week this season. Louisville is led in scoring by Russ Smith who averages 19.7 per game. Senior guard Petyon Siva accounts for 11.5 points per game and more than six assists per outing. The teams met twice a season ago with the Wildcats prevailing both times including an eight-point win in the Final Four in New Orleans.
Saturday's 4 p.m. matchup between Kentucky and Louisville will air on CBS and WKYT. Immediately following the game, WKYT's Rob Bromley, Brian Milam and Lee K. Howard will host WKYT Gametime: Wildcat Wrapup.