Few non-conference rivalry games are as fierce or high-stakes as the Kentucky vs. Louisville game. With both schools boasting first-rate basketball programs, the two schools have faced each other in seven NCAA Tournaments.
The game has been played annually since 1983, and in recent years has been played in the last week of the year. The 2019 edition of the rivalry game will be no different.
In announcements by both the Wildcats and the Cardinals, the two sides announced that this year Kentucky will host Louisville on December 28. The game will be aired on CBS.
Alongside a December 7 game against Fairleigh Dickinson, it is the seventh game on Kentucky’s regular season schedule to have the date announced.
Two more dates to circle on the calendar.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 11, 2019
The first edition of the game was played in 1913, with Kentucky winning the first of four straight games over Louisville.
However, the Cardinals picked up back-to-back wins over the Wildcats in the 1959 and 1983 NCAA Tournaments, making it to the Final Four both times.
After the 1983 tournament, the two sides began facing off annually, but Kentucky maintained dominance in the rivalry.
To date, Kentucky owns a 36-16 series lead over their in-state rivals.
Last year the Wildcats easily dispatched Chris Mack’s side, winning 71-58.