LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A few hours before tip off in a Final Four
match up that has the state of Kentucky in holiday mode, fans of
both Kentucky and Louisville were getting ready for a rowdy game in
bars, homes and hotel rooms.
Louisville's downtown entertainment district, where thousands
are expected to show up to watch the two blood rivals compete in
Saturday's Final Four game, became an early magnet for fans
sporting their team allegiance on t-shirts and hats.
A stage with a large screen behind it was placed along the
street in the area known as Fourth Street Live, where restaurants
and bars were gearing up for a busy night.
Fans on both sides say they are eager for bragging rights in
what many consider the most important game ever played in the
history of college basketball in Kentucky.