The Importance of Kentucky’s December 29th Basketball Game against the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals

By Taylor Sturm
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have already lost three games this season – more games than the entirety of last season. The Wildcats show signs of being a top team in the country, but are still on the verge of becoming a top team. December 29th against No. 5 Louisville, the Wildcats will have a chance to prove that they are a legitimate threat for a national title repeat.

In order to win, the point guard situation has to be fixed. A Kentucky payer needs to step up and take charge of the position, because they will face some of the best point guards in the country in upcoming games. The Wildcats need to be more aggressive; strong rebounding teams will dominate them on the boards. Kentucky has to get these two aspects of their game together or they risk doing a ”UCLA” and being hyped up for no reason.

Assuming there are no major upsets (sorry Lipscomb and Marshall), Kentucky should enter the game against their rival Louisville 8-3. Two of the greatest coaches in the country, John Calipari and Rick Petino, will go up against each other in what could be one of the most important games of the season for both teams. Kentucky won the game last year around this time fairly easily and that momentum helped lead them to the national title. Kentucky and Louisville have one of the greatest rivalries in the country and December 29th could decide which Kentucky based team is the real deal, and which team is the imposter.

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