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Wayne Staats | | December 29, 2018

Kentucky-Louisville basketball: Prediction, time, TV channel

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One of college basketball's biggest rivalries adds another episode to the series when Kentucky and Louisville play on Saturday, Dec. 29. Below, find the game time, TV channel and preview information.

While Louisville coach Chris Mack will be coaching in his first Cardinals-Wildcats game, Kentucky coach John Calipari and his team routed Louisville 90-61 last year. This year's game is at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.

Kentucky-Louisville basketball: Time, TV channel

Kentucky and Louisville play at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 29. The game can be watched on ESPN2.

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Kentucky-Louisville: Preview, prediction

Since losing to Duke by 34 points in the first game of the season, Kentucky (9-2) has started to round into form by winning nine of its next 10. Sure, the Wildcats lost to Seton Hall, 84-83, on Dec. 8, but they are coming off an impressive 80-72 win against then-No. 9 North Carolina in Chicago.

The surging Wildcats also have recent series history on their side, as they've defeated the Cardinals in five of the last six games. That includes a win in the Sweet 16 in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Last year, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 24 points as the 'Cats routed the Cardinals in Lexington, Ky., 90-61. PJ Washington added 16 points.

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In Kentucky's win against North Carolina on Saturday, Washington scored 11 points and added 10 rebounds to complete the double-double.

As for Louisville, Jordan Nwora is the Cardinals' only double-digit scorer at 17.8 points per game. Nwora has also taken 21 percent of Louisville's shots.

The Cardinals (9-3) are certainly battle tested just like the Wildcats. Louisville lost to ranked teams Tennessee, Marquette and Indiana but also defeated ranked Michigan State.

Louisville will be rocking and ready for the 'Cats. But Kentucky might have just enough late to hold off the Cardinals.

Our prediction: Kentucky 80, Louisville 75.

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Kentucky-Louisville: Scores, history

The Wildcats lead the series, which dates back to 1913, at 35-16.

Here are the results since 2010, when the series started to hand out a Game MVP award by The Bluegrass Sports Commission. Note that two games since 2010 were in the NCAA tournament, so there is no BSC MVP.

Date Winner Score Loser Site BSC MVP
Dec. 31, 2010 No. 11 Kentucky 78-63 No. 22 Louisville Louisville Josh Harrellson,
Dec. 31, 2011 No. 3 Kentucky 69-62 No. 4 Louisville Lexington Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,
March 31, 2012 No. 1 Kentucky 69-61 No. 17 Louisville New Orleans
(Final Four)
Dec. 29, 2012 No. 4 Louisville 80-77 Kentucky Louisville Russ Smith,
Dec. 28, 2013 No. 18 Kentucky 73-66 No. 6 Louisville Lexington James Young,
March 28, 2014 Kentucky 74-69 No. 5 Louisville Indianapolis
(Sweet 16)
Dec. 27, 2014 No. 1 Kentucky 58-50 No. 4 Louisville Louisville Tyler Ulis,
Dec. 26, 2015 No. 12 Kentucky 75-73 No. 16 Louisville Lexington Tyler Ulis,
Dec. 21, 2016 No. 10 Louisville 73-70 No. 6 Kentucky Louisville Quentin Snider,
Dec. 29, 2017 No. 16 Kentucky 90-61 Louisville Lexington Shai Gilgeous-Alexander,

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