Kentucky vs Louisville: 5 storylines for 2020-21 rivalry matchup

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Kentucky and Louisville meet up as both play their last non-conference game. A victory will be an appreciated gift one day after Christmas.

Even though 2020 brought us the return of NCAA College Division I Basketball, there will be less than a week of it left when the Kentucky Wildcats and Lousiville Cardinals tip-off at the KFC! Center. Both programs will be happy to see 2020 turn into 2021, but for drastically different reasons.

Head Coach John Calipari and Kentucky will be happy to turn the calendar on their less than desirable start to the season, whereas Head Coach Chris Mack will be looking to get his Louisville squad back from injury and at full force.

Each has the other to worry about on Saturday prior to looking toward 2021 though. Lousiville enters the game with a 4-1 record that includes a one-point victory over Seton Hall and a blow-out loss to Wisconsin while not having the services of point guard Carlik Jones.

Kentucky, who will be more than happy to put 2020 behind, enters the contest at 1-5. Lost among all those, well, losses, is how they came within an Olivier Sarr jumper of beating Notre Dame and loss to currently ranked No. 3 Kansas by three points.

The element that makes conference play so unique, yet difficult, is the familiarity that coaches have with one another. This is not the situation between Coach Calipari and Coach Mack as the two have only faced each other on two other occasions, both games resulted in a Kentuck victory. As both teams look drastically different this season, just like the rest of 2020, this match-up will be unique.

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