UK, UofL game preview

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by Associated Press/WHAS11 Sports

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 29 at 5:05 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- The biggest college basketball game in the commonwealth of Kentucky -- and arguably the country -- is taking its cultural clash to the Big Easy.

It's Kentucky vs. Louisville: a match-up of contrasts that's steeped in history with nine combined titles between the two schools, the same number as North Carolina-Duke. But move west off Tobacco Road. You'll find the true epicenter of college basketball along a rolling 70-mile stretch of Interstate 64.

Pick your side -- Wildcats or Cardinals. Rupp's Runts or the Doctors of Dunk. Dan Issel or Wes Unseld. John Calipari or Rick Pitino.

This is the grudge match to end them all.

It's the fifth time the schools will meet in the NCAA tournament, and it pits Pitino against one-time friend and now frosty foe Calipari.

WHAS11's Kent Spencer and Adam Lefkoe are in New Orleans covering the Cats and the Cards. Click on the video player above for a preview of the game, including quotes from players and coaches.

Visit our Louisville vs. Kentucky section for full coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

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