FILE - in this March 31, 2012, file photo, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, right, shakes hands with Kentucky head coach John Calipari before the first half of an NCAA Final Four semifinal college basketball tournament game in New Orleans. Kentucky has fallen out of the Top 25 and the defending national champs are still looking to establish themselves heading into the instate showdown with rival Louisville. The fourth-ranked Cardinals Saturday will try to end a four-game skid against the Wildcats. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)The Associated Press
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Louisville has had enough of losing to Kentucky.
The No. 4 Cardinals have dropped four in a row to the Wildcats, including last spring's national semifinal in New Orleans. Kentucky won that game 69-61 and went on to beat Kansas two days later for its eighth national championship.
That Final Four loss still bothers Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, who's 0-4 against Wildcats counterpart John Calipari. Fortunately for Pitino, he enters Saturday's showdown in Louisville with an experienced team that's 11-1 and favored to reclaim Bluegrass State supremacy.
Kentucky (8-3) started the season No. 3 behind Indiana and Louisville. But the Wildcats are now not even ranked and are looking to establish themselves with another group of talented freshmen.