Monday’s match-up will be the #1 team in America (having earned that ranking deep into the season) v. our own beloved team likely to be ranked #6 or even #5. That’s a composite ranking of #7 or higher. I cannot think of another Cards regular season game of such import based upon the rankings, and certainly, I don’t think there have been any home games this important. Not to mention that there is a good chance it will decide 1st place in the BE at the end of the season, and the winner of the game will put themselves in stong position to claim a #1 seed the NCAA in March. Last season's Georgetown game might have had more technically on the line, but neither team was sitting as high as the Cards will be tomorrow (G-town was #8).
The closest game to compare that I remember without research is actually the other sport that no longer exists at UofL. In 2006, the #5 Cards hosted the #3 Mountaineers for a composite #8 ranking. Now, because of the importance of the regular season in football, that game was much more important in every other aspect. But tomorrow should outrank it by 1 or 2 based on the polls.
Someone do the research.