As has been stated previously, this is the first time since the UK-U of L series was renewed in 1983-84 that the Cardinals are ranked in the top five while Kentucky is unranked as the two teams prepare to meet. Louisville is currently No. 4 in the AP poll.
It is just the sixth time in 30 regular-season meetings in which Louisville is the higher-ranked team going into the game.
In the previous five games, Kentucky has pulled the upset just once. That was in 2005-06, when Tubby Smith’s 23-ranked team knocked off Rick Pitino’s fourth-ranked team 73-61 at Rupp Arena. Rajon Rondo scored 25 points and had seven assists to lead UK that day. He hit 10-of-15 free throws.
This is just the second time that Louisville has been in the Top 10 while UK was not ranked. The only other time was the 1989-90 season, Pitino’s first at Kentucky, a season in which the Cats were on NCAA probation. LaBradford Smith scored 22 points that day as Louisville won 86-79 at Rupp Arena.