By DOUG EADS
I will be the first person to admit that when it comes to UK sports I am biased.
You see, I bleed blue and I am a very proud member of the BBN.
And, I have a very healthy hatred for Louisville — well, make that ‘LOSERVILLE’, or as former Kentucky basketball coach called the Cards, ‘Little Brother’.
And, today was just another chapter in the life of how my beloved Wildcats simply own Louisville.
After Tyler Herro’s game-high 24 points, and Keldon Johnson’s 15 points, and Ashton Hagans’ 11 point, three-assist performance, Kentucky walked away from the Yum Center with a 71-58 win over ‘Little Brother’.
And, it was sweet indeed.
The win gave the Cats a 36-16 lead in the all-time series against the Cards, and a 24-12 lead in what is known as ‘The Modern Era’ of the rivalry.
Remember, this series first began way back in 1913 with a 34-10 UK victory.
After 1959, the two teams did not play again until in the 1983 NCAA Elite Eight round in Knoxville in a game won in overtime by Louisville 80-68.
After that game, Louisville’s fan base started as you can imagine talking smack about how the Cards ‘owned” Kentucky, and they were the class of the state in hoops.
And, there were actually calls, make that screams, that Louisville wanted to play Kentucky every year. Heck, the state legislature even got involved, calling for the state’s two biggest university’s to play each and every year on the hardwood.
Well, be careful what you wish for. Since then, Kentucky has ‘owned’ this rivalry.
Case in point, the very next year after that UL win in ’83, Kentucky opened the 1983-’84 college basketball season in the return of Sam Bowie with a 65-44 win over the Cards. I was there — one of the loudest crowds I have ever heard in all my many, many games that I have watched inside the rafters of Rupp Arena.
Fast forward to the John Calipari era.
The current UK coach — with today’s 71-58 win — is now 10-2 as the Cats head coach against ‘Little Brother’, which includes wins at the Final Four in 2012 — UK’s last national championship.
Kentucky also upended the Cards in the 2014 NCAA Tournament in the Sweet 16 by a final score of 74-69 on the Cats way to a national championship game appearance against UCONN.
Simply put, and not to repeat myself, the Wildcats own Louisville.
And, as the great Ric Flair always liked to say, ‘If you don’t like, learn to love it, because it’s the greatest thing going today…..WOOOOO!!!’.
And the thing that is going today is the fact that we as avid UK fans can relish in the moment that we own the Cards.
We are UK…..CATS, CATS, CATS.