Kentucky–Louisville rivalry

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School University of Kentucky University of Louisville
Logo Uk logo preston ursini.svg Louisville scipt L logo.png
Location Lexington, KY Louisville, KY
Conference SEC American (2013-14 Season)
Students 28,094 22,293
School colors Blue & White Red & Black
Nickname Wildcats Cardinals
Mascot(s) Blue, The Wildcat, Scratch Cardinal Bird
Football stadium Commonwealth Stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Basketball arena Rupp Arena (men)
Memorial Coliseum (women)
KFC Yum! Center

The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, athletic programs for the most prominent universities in Kentucky, are sport rivals. The teams first played each other in 1912 (football) and 1913 (basketball). The yearly men's basketball game is called the Battle for the Bluegrass and the yearly football game is played for the Governor's Cup trophy. Many of the schools' other sports teams also play annually despite the fact that the teams are not in the same conference.

Background[edit]

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are the two largest universities in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.[1] The Wildcats are charter members of the Southeastern Conference and the Cardinals are members of the American Athletic Conference, and will be joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2014.

The University of Louisville was founded in 1798 as a municipally supported institution. With the combination of two medical schools and a newly established law school in 1846, it was given its current name, University of Louisville, by the Kentucky General Assembly. It remained independent until 1970, when, due to financial concerns, it joined the state system.[2][3]

The University of Kentucky was founded when John Bryan Bowman founded the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky (A&M), a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University, after receiving federal support through the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act in 1865.[4]

Basketball[edit]

The Battle For The Bluegrass
Men's basketball regular season history
First meeting February 15, 1913
First result Kentucky 34 – Louisville 10
Latest meeting December 28, 2013
Latest result Kentucky 73 – Louisville 66
Next meeting TBA
Total number of meetings 47
Largest victory Kentucky: 34 points (1948, 1986)
Current streak Kentucky 2
All-time series Kentucky leads 32–15
Men's basketball post-season history
Last meeting 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Last result Kentucky 74 – Louisville 69
All-time post-season series Kentucky 4 – Louisville 2

The Kentucky-Louisville basketball rivalry has been ranked the 3rd best rivalry in all of college sports by Basketball Hall of Fame contributor Dick Vitale.[5] Kentucky and Louisville first played against each other in 1913 but stopped playing each other in the 1920s. The rivalry was generally dormant with only occasional matchups until the teams met in the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Since then, the two teams have met each year in late December or early January. The rivalry was fueled when Rick Pitino was hired as Louisville's head men's basketball coach in 2001, as he had served in that same role with Kentucky from 1989-1997.[6] Kentucky leads the all-time basketball series with Louisville 32 games to 15, and Kentucky leads the modern series 23 games to 12.[7] In six tournament meetings as of 2014, Kentucky leads the series four games to two with their most recent win coming in the 2014 sweet sixteen 74-69. The teams met in the 2012 Final Four, and Kentucky defeated Louisville with a score of 69-61 en route to the national title. This was the deepest ever tournament meeting between the two schools and their first tournament meeting since 1984. The two schools have been the last two NCAA Tournament Champions, with Kentucky winning in 2012 and Louisville winning in 2013.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Notes
1913-02-15 Lexington, KY Kentucky       34 Louisville 10 UK 1-0
1914-02-07 Lexington, KY Kentucky 22 Louisville 17 UK 2-0
1914-03-03 Louisville, KY Kentucky 26 Louisville 13 UK 3-0
1915-01-23 Lexington, KY Kentucky 18 Louisville 14 UK 4-0
1915-02-27 Louisville, KY Louisville 26 Kentucky        15 UK 4-1
1916-02-12 Lexington, KY Louisville 28 Kentucky 22 UK 4-2
1916-02-22 Louisville, KY Kentucky 32 Louisville 24 UK 5-2
1922-01-17 Louisville, KY Kentucky 38 Louisville 14 UK 6-2
1922-01-21 Lexington, KY Kentucky 29 Louisville 22 UK 7-2
1948-03-27 New York City, NY Kentucky 91 Louisville 57 UK 8-2
1951-03-20 Raleigh, NC Kentucky (1) 79 Louisville 68 UK 9-2 1951 NCAA First Round
1959-03-13 Evanston, IL Louisville 76 Kentucky (2) 61 UK 9-3 1959 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1983-03-26† Knoxville, TN Louisville (2) 80 Kentucky (12) 68 UK 9-4 1983 NCAA Elite Eight
1983-11-26 Lexington, KY Kentucky (1) 65 Louisville (6) 44 UK 10-4
1984-03-22 Lexington, KY Kentucky (3) 72 Louisville 67 UK 11-4 1984 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984-12-15 Louisville, KY Louisville (14) 71 Kentucky 64 UK 11-5
1985-12-28 Lexington, KY Kentucky (13) 69 Louisville (15) 64 UK 12-5
1986-12-27 Louisville, KY Kentucky (18) 85 Louisville 51 UK 13-5
1987-12-12 Lexington, KY Kentucky (1) 76 Louisville 75 UK 14-5
1988-12-31 Louisville, KY Louisville (14) 97 Kentucky 75 UK 14-6
1989-12-30 Lexington, KY Louisville (8) 86 Kentucky 79 UK 14-7
1990-12-29 Louisville, KY Kentucky (18) 93 Louisville 85 UK 15-7
1991-12-28 Lexington, KY Kentucky (17) 103 Louisville (21) 89 UK 16-7
1992-12-12 Louisville, KY Kentucky (3) 88 Louisville (9) 68 UK 17-7
1993-11-27 Lexington, KY Kentucky (2) 78 Louisville (7) 70 UK 18-7
1995-01-01 Louisville, KY Louisville 88 Kentucky (5) 86 UK 18-8
1995-12-23 Lexington, KY Kentucky (4) 89 Louisville (25) 66 UK 19-8
1996-12-31 Louisville, KY Kentucky (3) 74 Louisville (16) 54 UK 20-8
1997-12-27 Lexington, KY Louisville 79 Kentucky (4) 76 UK 20-9
1998-12-26 Louisville, KY Louisville 83 Kentucky (3) 74  UK 20-10 
1999-12-18 Lexington, KY Kentucky 76 Louisville 46 UK 21-10
2001-01-02 Louisville, KY Kentucky 64 Louisville 62 UK 22-10
2001-12-29 Lexington, KY Kentucky (6) 82 Louisville 62 UK 23-10
2002-12-28 Louisville, KY Louisville 81 Kentucky (14) 63 UK 23-11
2003-12-27 Lexington, KY Louisville (20) 65 Kentucky (2) 56 UK 23-12
2004-12-18 Louisville, KY Kentucky (9) 60 Louisville (13) 58 UK 24-12
2005-12-17 Lexington, KY Kentucky (23) 73 Louisville (4) 61 UK 25-12
2006-12-16 Louisville, KY Kentucky 61 Louisville 49 UK 26-12
2008-01-05 Lexington, KY Louisville 89 Kentucky 75 UK 26-13
2009-01-04 Louisville, KY Louisville (18) 74 Kentucky 71 UK 26-14
2010-01-03 Lexington, KY Kentucky (3) 71 Louisville 62 UK 27-14
2010-12-31 Louisville, KY Kentucky (11) 78 Louisville (22) 63 UK 28-14
2011-12-31 Lexington, KY Kentucky (3) 69 Louisville (4) 62 UK 29-14
2012-03-31 New Orleans, LA Kentucky (1) 69 Louisville (17) 61 UK 30-14 2012 NCAA Final Four
2012-12-29 Louisville, KY Louisville (4) 80 Kentucky 77 UK 30-15
2013-12-28 Lexington, KY Kentucky (18) 73 Louisville (6) 66 UK 31-15
2014-03-28 Indianapolis, IN Kentucky 74 Louisville (5) 69 UK 32-15 2014 NCAA Sweet Sixteen

Kentucky victories are shaded ██ blue. Louisville victories shaded in ██ red. † indicates overtime. Numbers in parentheses indicate a team's Associated Press Top 25 rank at the time of the games.

Game MVP[edit]

NOTE:. The 2010 game was the inaugural year for the award. The Bluegrass Sports Commission (BSC) names the Most Valuable Player of the men’s basketball game between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 12-31-2010  Josh Harrellson Kentucky C 23 Points, 14 Rebounds [8]
 12-31-2011  Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky F 24 Points, 19 Rebounds[9]
 12-29-2012  Russ Smith Louisville G 21 Points, 3 Assists[10]
 12-28-2013  James Young Kentucky F 18 Points, 10 Rebounds[11]

Football[edit]

The Governor's Cup
Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 26
Series record Kentucky leads, 14-12
First meeting October 28, 1912
Kentucky 41, Louisville 0
Last meeting September 14, 2013
Louisville 27, Kentucky 13
Next meeting November 29, 2014
Largest win Kentucky, 63–0 (1922)
Longest win streak Kentucky, 7 (1912–1915, 1922, 1924, 1994)
Current win streak Louisville, 3 (2011–present)
Trophy The Governor's Cup

Kentucky and Louisville first played each other in football in 1912. Kentucky dominated six meetings between the teams from 1912 until 1924, holding Louisville scoreless in all six games, after which the teams stopped playing. In 1994, with former Kentucky player Howard Schnellenberger coaching Louisville, the series was revived after a 70-year dormancy. Kentucky leads the football series 14 to 12, but Louisville leads the modern series 12-8.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1912-10-28  Lexington  Kentucky 41 Louisville 0 UK 1-0
1913-11-22 Louisville Kentucky 20 Louisville 0 UK 2-0
1914-11-14 Lexington Kentucky 42 Louisville 0 UK 3-0
1915-11-06 Louisville Kentucky 15 Louisville 0 UK 4-0
1922-10-14 Lexington Kentucky 63 Louisville 0 UK 5-0
1924-10-04 Lexington Kentucky 29 Louisville 0 UK 6-0
1994-09-03 Lexington Kentucky 20 Louisville 14 UK 7-0
1995-09-02 Lexington Louisville    13 Kentucky 10 UK 7-1
1996-08-31 Lexington Louisville 38 Kentucky     14 UK 7-2
1997-08-30 Lexington Kentucky 38 Louisville 24 UK 8-2
1998-09-05 Louisville Kentucky 68 Louisville 34 UK 9-2
1999-09-04 Lexington Louisville 56 Kentucky 28 UK 9-3
2000-09-02† Louisville Louisville 40 Kentucky 34 UK 9-4
2001-09-01 Lexington Louisville 36 Kentucky 10 UK 9-5
2002-09-01 Louisville Kentucky 22 Louisville (17) 17   UK 10-5  
2003-08-31 Lexington Louisville 40 Kentucky 24 UK 10-6
2004-09-04 Louisville Louisville 28 Kentucky 0 UK 10-7
2005-09-04 Lexington Louisville (12) 31 Kentucky 24 UK 10-8
2006-09-03 Louisville Louisville (13) 59 Kentucky 28 UK 10-9
 2007-09-15  Lexington Kentucky 40 Louisville (9) 34 UK 11-9
2008-08-31 Louisville Kentucky 27 Louisville 2 UK 12-9
 2009-09-19  Lexington Kentucky 31 Louisville 27 UK 13-9
2010-09-04 Louisville Kentucky 23 Louisville 16 UK 14-9
2011-09-17 Lexington Louisville 24 Kentucky 17 UK 14-10
2012-09-02 Louisville Louisville (25) 32 Kentucky 14 UK 14-11
2013-09-14 Lexington Louisville (7) 27 Kentucky 13 UK 14-12

Kentucky victories are shaded ██ blue. Louisville victories shaded in ██ red. † indicates overtime. Numbers in parentheses indicate a team's Associated Press Top 25 rank at the time of the games.

Howard Schnellenberger Award[edit]

NOTE:. The 2010 game was the inaugural year for the award. The award is given to the Most Valuable Player of the game. It is named for Howard Schnellenberger, who played under Bear Bryant for Kentucky and coached at Louisville.

Date Player Team Position Statistics
 9-04-2010  Derrick Locke Kentucky RB 23 Carries, 104 Yards, 2 TD's [12]
 9-17-2011  Dexter Heyman Louisville LB 12 Tackles & 1 Forced Fumbles[13]
 9-02-2012  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 19/21, 232 Yards[14]
 9-14-2013  Teddy Bridgewater Louisville QB 16/28, 250 Yards, 1 TD[15]

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