Louisville vs. Kentucky: 5 Reasons This Is the Real Championship Game

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Louisville vs. Kentucky: 5 Reasons This Is the Real Championship Game
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The Final Four is upon us, and though this group lacks the Cinderellas of last year's NCAA tournament, it is still an incredibly compelling field. 

Though the team that gets to cut down the nets will obviously be decided in the next round, the matchup between the No .1 seeded Kentucky Wildcats and the No. 4 Louisville Cardinals could very well end up being an even better and more heated contest.

Between the history, team structure and accomplishments of these two Kentucky-based ball clubs, this is one of the juiciest Final Four meetings in recent history and could become the defining game of the 2012 college basketball season.

With Louisville's incredible run over the past few weeks and—of course—Kentucky's sustained dominance and overall talent powering them to this point, the stage has been set for a truly remarkable basketball game if both teams can play to their full strengths.

Here are five reasons why the Louisville-Kentucky game will end up as the best of the tournament.

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