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Final Four 2012: Louisville Won't Derail Kentucky's Dominant Run

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 25:  Anthony Davis #23, Eloy Vargas #30 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist #14 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate their 82 to 70 win over the Baylor Bears during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Final at the Georgia Dome on March 25, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistMarch 26, 2012

The Kentucky Wildcats have been on a mission all season long, and they're not about to let their archrival, the Louisville Cardinals, stop them from achieving their goal of winning a title.  

Having played each other once this season, both teams know that this Final Four matchup will be intense. 

However, just like on Dec. 31, Kentucky will get the job done. Only this time around, it will be on a much larger stage, leading to even more heartbreak for the Cardinals. 

Both teams have improved a lot since the last time they met, but it's the Wildcats that have taken the biggest strides. They went on to extend their win streak to 24 games, went 16-0 in Southeastern Conference play and earned the title as clear-cut favorites for March Madness. 

After losing to Vanderbilt in the SEC Championship game, just their second loss on the year, the Wildcats bounced back strong in the NCAA Tournament. 

Kentucky has blown past all of its opponents en route to the Final Four, winning each game by 12 or more points. While they'll have a tougher challenge against Louisville, the Wildcats are still going to walk away victorious. 

Between Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague and Darius Miller, the Wildcats are poised and ready to demolish their most hated rival. 

I don't expect a beat-down, but given the way Kentucky has been playing not just this tournament but the entire year, it certainly would not be a surprise. 

After all, the Wildcats have been the best team for the majority of the year, and they've had some very impressive wins. 

Out of conference wins this season against Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas are something one shouldn't forget as the Wildcats prep for their Final Four match. 

This is one of the best teams John Calipari has ever coached, and with the pressure continuing to grow, he'll make sure his group of star players are good to go. 

The Wildcats have been dominant all year, and they're not going to stop now, especially against the one team they love to hate the most. 

 

 

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