Kentucky–Louisville rivalry

The Kentucky–Louisville rivalry refers to the rivalry between the University of Kentucky Wildcats (Kentucky) and the University of Louisville Cardinals (Louisville). The Kentucky–Louisville rivalry is one of the most passionate rivalries, especially in men's college basketball. It is considered one of the most intense rivalries in the NCAA. The intensity of the rivalry is captivated by the proximity of the two schools and the state of Kentucky's interest in college sports (no pro-affiliated sports teams play in the state of Kentucky).

Kentucky–Louisville rivalry
Sportbasketball, football, others
Locations of Kentucky and Louisville
College Comparison
Kentucky Louisville
Founded 1865 1798
Type Public Public
Location Lexington Louisville
Conference SEC ACC
Students 29,182 22,640
School colors                    
Nickname Wildcats Cardinals
Stadium Kroger Field Cardinal Stadium
Arena Rupp Arena KFC Yum! Center

Men's basketballEdit

Kentucky–Louisville men's basketball rivalry
Kentucky Wildcats
Louisville Cardinals
SportBasketball
First meetingFebruary 15, 1913
Kentucky 34, Louisville 10
Latest meetingDecember 28, 2019
Kentucky 78, Louisville 70
Next meetingDecember 28, 2019
Statistics
Meetings total52
All-time seriesKentucky leads, 37–16 Regular season and 2 NCAA
Largest victoryKentucky: 34 points (1948)
Louisville: 22 points (1988)
Current win streakKentucky, 3 (2017–present)

The Kentucky–Louisville rivalry has been ranked the 2nd best rivalry in college basketball by Bleacher Report and 3rd best rivalry in all of college sports by Basketball Hall of Fame contributor Dick Vitale.[1] Kentucky and Louisville first played against each other in 1913 but stopped playing each other in the 1920s, playing only twelve times between 1913 and 1983. The rivalry was generally dormant with only occasional matchups until the teams met in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Since then, the two teams have met each year in late December or early January.

Much like the Iron Bowl, the Kentucky–Louisville rivalry is all the more intense because the two schools have consistently been among the nation's elite men's basketball teams for most of the last 50 years. Both schools are also two of the most victorious programs in NCAA men's basketball history; Kentucky is #1 on the list of all-time winningest programs in Division I Men's Basketball and Louisville #26. Kentucky has eight national championships and Louisville two. Both schools also sit in the top-ten of men's basketball teams that have had athletes to get picked in the first round of the NBA draft. Kentucky has had 46 players selected in the first round, while Louisville has had 24.

HistoryEdit

The rivalry was fueled when Rick Pitino was hired as Louisville's head men's basketball coach in 2001, as he served in that same role with Kentucky from 1989 to 1997.[2] Kentucky leads the all-time series with Louisville 37-16, and Kentucky leads the modern series 28-13.[3] In six tournament meetings as of 2014, Kentucky leads the series four games to two with their most recent win coming in the 2014 sweet sixteen 74-69. The teams met in the 2012 Final Four, and Kentucky defeated Louisville with a score of 69-61 en route to the national title. This was the deepest ever tournament meeting between the two schools and their first tournament meeting since 1984.

ResultsEdit

Rankings are from the AP Poll (1936–present)

Kentucky victoriesLouisville victoriesTie gamesVacated wins[n 1]
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 February 15, 1913 Lexington, KY Kentucky 34–10
2 February 7, 1914 Lexington, KY Kentucky 22–17
3 March 3, 1914 Louisville, KY Kentucky 26–13
4 January 23, 1915 Lexington, KY Kentucky 18–14
5 February 27, 1915 Louisville, KY Louisville 26–15
6 February 12, 1916 Lexington, KY Louisville 28–22
7 February 22, 1916 Louisville, KY Kentucky 32–24
8 January 17, 1922 Louisville, KY Kentucky 38–14
9 January 21, 1922 Lexington, KY Kentucky 29–22
10 March 27, 1948A New York City, NY Kentucky 91–57
11 March 20, 1951B Raleigh, NC No. 1 Kentucky 79–68
12 March 13, 1959C Evanston, IL Louisville 76–61
13 March 26, 1983D Knoxville, TN No. 2 Louisville 80–68 OT
14 November 26, 1983 Lexington, KY No. 1 Kentucky 65–44
15 March 22, 1984E Lexington, KY No. 3 Kentucky 72–67
16 December 15, 1984 Louisville, KY No. 14 Louisville 71–64
17 December 28, 1985 Lexington, KY No. 13 Kentucky 69–64
18 December 27, 1986 Louisville, KY No. 18 Kentucky 85–51
19 December 12, 1987 Lexington, KY No. 1 Kentucky 76–75
20 December 31, 1988 Louisville, KY No. 14 Louisville 97–75
21 December 30, 1989 Lexington, KY No. 8 Louisville 86–79
22 December 29, 1990 Louisville, KY No. 18 Kentucky 93–85
23 December 28, 1991 Lexington, KY No. 17 Kentucky 103–89
24 December 12, 1992 Louisville, KY No. 3 Kentucky 88–68
25 November 27, 1993 Lexington, KY No. 2 Kentucky 78–70
26 January 1, 1995 Louisville, KY Louisville 88–86
27 December 23, 1995 Lexington, KY No. 4 Kentucky 89–66
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
28 December 31, 1996 Louisville, KY No. 3 Kentucky 74–54
29 December 27, 1997 Lexington, KY Louisville 79–76
30 December 26, 1998 Louisville, KY Louisville 83–74
31 December 18, 1999 Lexington, KY Kentucky 76–46
32 January 2, 2001 Louisville, KY Kentucky 64–62
33 December 29, 2001 Lexington, KY No. 6 Kentucky 82–62
34 December 28, 2002 Louisville, KY Louisville 81–63
35 December 27, 2003 Lexington, KY No. 20 Louisville 65–56
36 December 18, 2004 Louisville, KY No. 9 Kentucky 60–58
37 December 17, 2005 Lexington, KY No. 23 Kentucky 73–61
38 December 16, 2006 Louisville, KY Kentucky 61–49
39 January 5, 2008 Lexington, KY Louisville 89–75
40 January 4, 2009 Louisville, KY No. 18 Louisville 74–71
41 January 2, 2010 Lexington, KY No. 3 Kentucky 71–62
42 December 31, 2010 Louisville, KY No. 11 Kentucky 78–63
43 December 31, 2011 Lexington, KY No. 3 Kentucky 69–62
44 March 31, 2012F New Orleans, LA No. 1 Kentucky 69–61
45 December 29, 2012 Louisville, KY No. 4 Louisville 80–77
46 December 28, 2013 Lexington, KY No. 18 Kentucky 73–66
47 March 28, 2014G Indianapolis, IN Kentucky 74–69
48 December 27, 2014 Louisville, KY No. 1 Kentucky 58–50
49 December 26, 2015 Lexington, KY No. 12 Kentucky 75–73
50 December 21, 2016 Louisville, KY No. 10 Louisville 73–70
51 December 29, 2017 Lexington, KY No. 16 Kentucky 90–61
52 December 29, 2018 Louisville, KY No. 16 Kentucky 71–58
53 December 28, 2019 Lexington, KY No. 19 Kentucky 78–70 OT
Series: Kentucky leads 37–16

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Louisville has vacated all of its victories from the 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15 seasons. These 123 wins are not included in Louisville's all-time record, nor are the victories against Kentucky during this span counted in the series record between the two teams.[4]

A 1948 NCAA Basketball Tournament
B 1951 NCAA Basketball Tournament
C 1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
D 1983 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
E 1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
F 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
G 2014 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

Game MVPEdit

NOTE:. The 2010 game was the inaugural year for the award. The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) names the Most Valuable Player of the men's basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 12-31-2010  Josh Harrellson Kentucky C 23 Points, 14 Rebounds [5]
 12-31-2011  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky F 24 Points, 19 Rebounds[6]
 12-29-2012  Russ Smith Louisville G 21 points, 7 rebounds
 12-28-2013  James Young Kentucky F 18 Points, 10 Rebounds[7]
 12-27-2014  Tyler Ulis Kentucky G 14 Points, 2 Assists[8]
 12-26-2015  Tyler Ulis Kentucky G 21 Points, 8 Assists[9]
 12-21-2016  Quentin Snider Louisville G 22 Points, 6 Rebounds, 5 Assists[10]
 12-29-2017  Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Kentucky G 24 Points, 5 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 3 Steals[11]
 12-29-2018  Tyler Herro Kentucky G 24 Points, 5 Rebounds, 2 Steals[12]

Broadcast HistoryEdit

Date Network Play-by-play Analyst(s)
January 2, 2001 ESPN Bob Carpenter Jay Bilas
December 29, 2001 CBS Jim Nantz Billy Packer
December 28, 2002 ESPN Dan Shulman Dick Vitale
December 27, 2003 CBS Gus Johnson Billy Packer
December 18, 2004 ESPN Dan Shulman Dick Vitale
December 17, 2005 CBS Verne Lundquist Billy Packer
December 16, 2006 CBS Verne Lundquist Billy Packer
January 5, 2008 CBS Verne Lundquist Billy Packer
January 4, 2009 CBS Kevin Harlan Clark Kellogg
January 3, 2010 CBS Verne Lundquist Clark Kellogg
December 31, 2010 CBS Gus Johnson Clark Kellogg
December 31, 2011 CBS Ian Eagle Clark Kellogg
March 31, 2012 CBS Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg
Steve Kerr
December 29, 2012 CBS Tim Brando Greg Anthony
Clark Kellogg
December 28, 2013 CBS Jim Nantz Greg Anthony
March 28, 2014 CBS Jim Nantz Greg Anthony
December 27, 2014 ESPN2 Dan Shulman Jay Bilas
December 26, 2015 CBS Tom McCarthy Bill Raftery
December 21, 2016 ESPN Dan Shulman Jay Bilas
December 29, 2017 CBS Spero Dedes Bill Raftery
December 29, 2018 ESPN2 Dan Shulman Jay Bilas

FootballEdit

The football rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville started one year earlier than the basketball rivalry but also had a long dormant period. Kentucky and Louisville first played each other in football in 1912. Kentucky dominated six meetings between the teams from 1912 until 1924, holding Louisville scoreless in all six games, after which the teams stopped playing. In 1994, with former Kentucky player Howard Schnellenberger coaching Louisville, the series was revived after a 70-year dormancy. Kentucky leads the series currently 17–15 but Louisville leads the Governors Cup series 15-11.

From 1994 to 2006 the annual matchup was the first game of the season for Kentucky and was the first game for all but two of those years for Louisville. In 2007 the game was moved to the third game of the season when played in Lexington but remained the first game when played in Louisville. Starting in 2014, which marked Louisville's inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Governor's Cup became the last game of the regular season for both teams to coincide with several other ACC-SEC same-state rivalries.

The 2019 game was won by Kentucky 45-13. Kentucky quarterback Lynn Bowden Jr. was named MVP of the showdown.

Other sportsEdit

  • Women's basketball: Kentucky leads the series 34–20 as of the 2017–18 season. Most recently, no. 3 Louisville beat Kentucky 87-63 in Lexington on December 17, 2017.[13] Kentucky entered that game having won five of the past six meetings with Louisville.[14] The series dates back to the 1911–12 season, long before Kentucky and Louisville's programs became varsity in 1974–75, from which the series has been continuously active.[15]
  • Women's volleyball: Most recently winning 3-0 in Lexington, Kentucky leads the series 30–25 as of 2018 in a series that initially was played every year from 1977 to 2005 except in 1981 and resumed in 2009 after a hiatus.[16][17]
  • Men's soccer: The two men's soccer programs have met 31 times. Kentucky leads 15–14–5. The last meeting between the two was on September 3, 2019 which ended in a 3-0 Louisville win.[18]
  • Baseball: As of 2018, Kentucky leads the series 71–45–1 in a series dating back to 1925.[19][20] In 2017, Louisville won the season series 3–1, including a sweep of Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament Louisville Super Regional.[20]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dick Vitale picks the best rivalries in college sports". ESPN.com.
  2. ^ "Louisville Hires Pitino To Spice A Rivalry". The New York Times. March 22, 2001.
  3. ^ "Kentucky's Record versus Louisville". Big Blue History. Retrieved September 16, 2007.
  4. ^ [1]. Washington Post, 2018-02-20.
  5. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - December 31, 2010 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  6. ^ "Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats - Box Score - December 31, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  7. ^ "Louisville Cardinals vs. Kentucky Wildcats - Box Score - December 28, 2013 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  8. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - December 27, 2014 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  9. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - December 26, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  10. ^ "Kentucky Wildcats vs. Louisville Cardinals - Box Score - December 21, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  11. ^ "Shai Gilgeous-Alexander wins MVP award; Highlights of his breakout game vs Louisville". aseaofblue.com.
  12. ^ "Tyler Herro named Bluegrass Sports Commission MVP of the Game". kentuckysportsradio.com.
  13. ^ "Kentucky-Louisville Postgame Notes". University of Kentucky Athletics. December 17, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Kentucky Hosts No. 3/4 Louisville Sunday in Memorial Coliseum". University of Kentucky. December 15, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Scores vs. All Opponents" (PDF). Believe in Blue: 2017-18 Women's Basketball Media Guide. University of Kentucky. 2017. p. 153.
  16. ^ Kentucky Volleyball 2017 Media Guide (PDF). University of Kentucky. 2017. pp. 62–63.
  17. ^ Moore, Deb (September 15, 2017). "No. 12 Kentucky Wins Fifth Straight Over Louisville". Retrieved January 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Wall, Garrett (September 5, 2017). "Cardinals Shut Out No. 9 Wildcats 3-0". gocards.com. Louisville Cardinals. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  19. ^ "Kentucky vs. all opponents" (PDF). 2017 Kentucky Baseball Media Guide. University of Kentucky. 2017. p. 108.
  20. ^ a b http://ukathletics.com/schedule.aspx?schedule=37