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Wolves' Towns trolls teammate over Kentucky win -- and gets burned

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns reacts to a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

A big day in sports on Saturday included a clash of titans in the college basketball world, as Kentucky knocked off Louisville 75-73 in the Battle of the Bluegrass. Since both schools are such powerhouses, they've each sent their fair share of players to the next level: There are currently 18 players who attended Kentucky and eight former Cardinals in the NBA (via Basketball-Reference).

With those numbers, it's not surprising that players from either side of the rivalry might end up on the same team. Such is the case with the Minnesota Timberwolves and big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng. Towns, as most will recall, was a Wildcat last year before going No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft to Minnesota. Dieng, on the other hand, played three years for Louisville, including the 2012-13 season.

If you don't recall off the top of your head, that team won a national title. And when Towns tried to troll Dieng about Saturday's outcome, the "veteran" was quick to remind the rookie of that fact:

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I know you saw this win @GorguiDieng. All about them CATS. #BBN

— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) December 26, 2015

Let me know if you wanna see what champoinship ring look like my son @KarlTowns

— Gorgui Dieng (@GorguiDieng) December 26, 2015

Towns salvaged the exchange to some extent with his response:

@GorguiDieng how I'm walking into the locker room today pic.twitter.com/B9EorOqGGm

— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) December 26, 2015

But we have to give this bout to Dieng, who averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season. "Count the rings" is a really difficult counterargument to overcome.