Dec 21, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2), guard James Young (1), guard Andrew Harrison (5) and head coach John Calipari huddle during a time in the game against the Belmont Bruins in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Belmont 93-80. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Louisville at Kentucky: game preview, odds and prediction


One of the more intense rivalries in not just all of college basketball, but all of sports, will take place on Saturday when the sixth-ranked Louisville Cardinals travel to Lexington to take on the 18th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats.

Rick Pitino and his Louisville squad come in at 11-1 on the season, led by the all-everything sensation, Russ Smith. Smith has averaged 16.8 points and 5 assists per game in guiding the defending champs on their hot start.

Their only hiccup came against the North Carolina Tar Heels team who no one really knows much about at this point, expect they can more or less beat all the good teams.

Kentucky, heavily-hyped coming into 2013 with their all-star recruiting class, enters this year’s showdown at 9-3. However, these youngsters are getting better and better by the game, and everything starts and finishes with stud freshman forward Julius Randle.

In his young career, Randle is averaging a double-double with 18.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. If there is any knock on the future NBA star, it’s his ball handling skills, but that will all come in time, and with coaching from John Calipari.

Date: Dec. 28

Start Time: 4 PM ET

Location: Lexington, KY

Arena: Rupp Arena

TV Info: CBS

Odds: Louisville -3

Prediction: Louisville has the experience, but those kids from Kentucky are getting progressively better. So much so, that it’s scary to think what they may look like come March.

Today, those youngsters will give us a glimpse of what it may indeed look like as they’ll make their biggest statement of the year as Julius Randle handles that Louisville D in the paint.

Kentucky 77, Louisville 71

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