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2011-12 Win/Loss: 30-10 (10-8)
Key Returners: Chane Behanan, Gorgui Dieng, Peyton Siva, Russ Smith
Key Recruits: Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell
Breakdown: Ah, where to begin. This game really needs no introduction to Wildcat fans, who have had held bragging rights over Louisville fans for the past three years. Louisville fans are itching to end that streak, and this is one of the deepest Louisville teams in recent memory.
Where both teams may struggle is in the shooting department. Both teams were great defensively last season and should be again in 2012-13, but who's going to score? Louisville lost two of their top three scorers from last year, who were also their best outside threats to score (Kyle Kuric and Chris Smith).
The intrigue will be as high as always, with two teams that could be undefeated and ranked in the top three nationally at this point in the season. John Calipari and Rick Pitino, two behemoths in the college basketball world, go at it again.
Captivating player matchups are everywhere. Dieng vs. Noel. Siva vs. Harrow. Behanan vs. Poythress. Smith vs. Goodwin. Harrell vs. Kentucky, the team that showed preliminary interest in his recruitment, but nothing more.
Oh, and don't forget, these two met in the Final Four last season.
It all adds up to one of the best rivalries in the entirety of college basketball. This is as big as a non-conference game can get.
Prediction: Neither team can buy a shot, and it's a low-scoring affair throughout. Overtime is a given, as each team trades punches for all 40 minutes. Kentucky breaks the heart of Louisville fans everywhere and wins, 68-67.