Spread Check: Louisville by 4.5
Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News says that any rivalry talk tonight should take a backseat to the fact that there's a spot in the Elite 8 on the line.
You can now add "quoted in The New Republic" to the list of accomplishments for a week that already included "Twitter feud with Marc Summers."
These are my parents at work today:
This is exactly how the Kennedys would have behaved if John had gone into sports blogging instead of politics.
The rest of the "how I spent my day" section:
A quick look at how school in Louisville is going today. RT @Hammond1Steve @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/yVjOsAKlzt— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) March 28, 2014
Is it a good sign driving from Atlanta to the game I passed a truck that said this? @CardChronicle @ElleRaiser #mvp pic.twitter.com/5vUIdOfzEH— Corey Miller (@coreymiller9) March 28, 2014
25 hours! #GoCards #L1C4 @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/Ay1ti131fy— Emily (@emilyekelly) March 28, 2014
@CardChronicle ready to welcome Mr. Randle #ccbm pic.twitter.com/8hprqLV99o— Tony Kummer (@tonykummer) March 27, 2014
@CardChronicle @ElleRaiser Go Cards from La Jolla, CA! pic.twitter.com/5C482Ub1PY— Magic (@TPX_Hunter) March 28, 2014
CCBM flocking to Indi @CardChronicle @iwannaluckyou @CrumsRevenge pic.twitter.com/VQKSToBQ3o— Evan Shaheen (@E_Shaheen82) March 28, 2014
Had to unleash the fury @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/2DHFbjYlKv— LJ (@LJthaFiasc0) March 28, 2014
@CardChronicle yeah. I had to take the morning off and go fishing to get my mind right. pic.twitter.com/9u7yPDbt1o— Jack Byers (@jack_byers) March 28, 2014
#tbt when @MichaelSalot stole a beer tower from cluckers after becoming NATIONAL CHAMPS! #ccbm @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/P8wewutQoL— corie brangers (@koriebrayngurz) March 27, 2014
They just want 2 "Cut The Net" again. @CardChronicle @TheCardConnect #GoCards #L1C4 #NCAATournament #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/HSDK2Idpf4— Adam Winebrenner (@ACharlesW20) March 28, 2014
10 hours 30 minutes til tip off. Have my tickets and have my co-pilot. #L1C4 @CardChronicle pic.twitter.com/FAYDGvFF6m— Brandon condra (@condrab) March 28, 2014
@CardChronicle I think this is CC worthy pic.twitter.com/AAeF5OQGmx— marnie (@Marnieks) March 28, 2014
Win or lose, we still have more fun than anybody.
Mark Coomes of Insider Louisville says that win or lose, the Cards and Cats can both call their seasons a success. I'd just as soon win, though.
USA Today lays out 10 reasons why Louisville versus Kentucky will be awesome.
The only one of the 70 media members who guessed the exact score of the first game correctly is going with Kentucky again, this time by eight.
I'll go with UK 76, UofL 68.
The Cats won this matchup in December when they were a much worse team. The Cardinals' leading rebounder from that game is no longer enrolled in school, and Julius Randle didn't attempt a shot in the second half.
UK has a major size advantage at nearly every position. The rebounding margin shouldn't be close, and Louisville's guards shouldn't be able to pressure the bigger and stronger Harrisons as they do so well against others.
Add in that the Cats are suddenly playing their best basketball of the season, and they should have all the confidence in the world taking the court in Indianapolis.
Sports Illustrated's Brian Hamilton says this could be a Sweet 16 game for the ages.
Oddsmakers continue to say that going with Kentucky is the correct play.
Nantz could not be more in the zone right now.
Priceless moment of March just now. Guy in hotel elevator: "You look really familiar." Jim Nantz: "Just a basketball fan."— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) March 27, 2014
ESPN's Myron Medcalf says Friday night's showdown just kind of crept up on everyone.
There's an aura of bewilderment hovering over the entire Louisville-Kentucky encounter at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Friday, too.
How did we get here?
Of all the seasons when this could have happened, this wasn't supposed to be the one. Everything that unfolded in the weeks leading up to the NCAA tourney made this pairing improbable, it seemed.
This is not 2012, when both teams willed themselves into the Final Four. This postseason affair -- another installment of the fiery rivalry -- wasn't orchestrated by destiny as much as by chance.
It just happened. Rabbit in the hat. Poof.
Russ Smith says matching the energy of a young Kentucky team will be key.
Someone posted this earlier in the week, but I enjoy watching the clip and acting like the green team is Louisville.
Slam Magazine takes a look at the Red V Blue documentary.
Drama between Rick Pitino and John Calipari has not become one of this week's storylines.
Less cool: Doron Lamb or Marc Summers?
Louisville is wack— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) March 28, 2014
Good luck to everybody in Kentucky tonite. May the best team win. We know who that is!😍— Marc Summers (@Ibatvmc) March 28, 2014
@CardChronicle This is funny pic.twitter.com/DyT2XNy11U— Indy Bound (@sallie_carter72) March 28, 2014
The Crunch Zone takes a look at a bunch of press items and memorabilia from the original Dream Game.
Fobes labels this evening's event "Bluegrass Amageddon."
A breakdown of how Louisville basketball makes twice as much money as Kentucky.
Friday night's game should feature a matchup of heavily contrasting styles.