PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Many college basketball fans who were not able to go to the Kentucky/Louisville game, they were still able to enjoy a little bit of the rivalry here in Eastern Kentucky. Fans of both teams gathered to watch the game at Bank 253 in Pikeville.
They say the rivalry game is bitter but also brings the entire state together, it is known as the 'Battle of the Bluegrass'.
Kentucky fan, A.J. Ison says, "It is a big day in the bluegrass....big brother versus little brother so to speak. I was raised as a wildcat fan and there's three teams you don't like; Louisville, Tennessee, and Duke. It is a big day, I actually took a day off work to watch the game."
A battle, rich in history with many factors that fuel the fire.
Louisville fan, Joshua Justice says, "Both are in the same state and how Pitino used to coach Kentucky."
Dividing families, friends, boyfriends and girlfriends. "She's a huge UK fan, she always has been. I've been trying to convert her over...bought her a few Louisville shirts but the tags have not come off yet," explains Justice.
This year, a showdown between the past two national champions. Ison says, "To see our state bring home two championships in two years..that is a bold statement."
Rob McCoy adds, "It is good for the entire state...they make NCAA basketball what it is. Duke, North Carolina is a good rivalry but this one is better than anything."
A bitter rivalry but one that brings the entire commonwealth together with their love for college hoops.
The Cats defeated the Cards 73-66.