Always good to beat Kentucky, especially in basketball because that’s the sport that really matters to UK fans. More than 24,000 of them descended on Rupp Arena, many hoping their tradition would be enough to humble the Cards. This win was especially nice one for a number of reasons:

–Won’t have to listen UK fans crow about how much better than U of L their program is, even in a down year.

— UK fans will have to live with the loss for a year.

— U of L fans will quit arguing between themselves about whether Pitino has lost his coaching touch, at least until the Cards lose another game.

UK fans will have to read the red headlines in the Louisville and Lexington newspapers.

— Juan Palacios playing his best game since he got poked in the eye in his first game against UK three years ago.

— U of L finding a semblance of an inside game, even though David Padgett’s recuperation is an ongoing process.

— Jerry Smith pumping his chest, inhaling a major dose of confidence, scoring 17 points.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

One thought on “Reaping The Red”
  1. Nice review. Hit on all points except Juan Diego Tello Palacios went for twenty or thirty last year (I believe) against somebody, maybe UConn.

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