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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- At least one Kentucky team will play for a national championship. The win by the University of Kentucky men's basketball team Saturday set into a motion a historic match up with in-state rivals the University of Louisville Cardinals. The two teams have never played each other in a Final Four and are set to meet in New Orleans next week.
On Sunday, a frenzy of U of L fans lined up near the cash register of the Neutral Zone store near Middletown, each with a Final Four t-shirt in hand. The rivalry between UK and UofL often divides homes, friends and even families.
Such is the case for Marsha Royster, who was passing through Louisville Sunday. She purchased two bandanas and hat divided into two equal parts: one half Kentucky Wildcats, the other Louisville Cardinals.
She says she'll be pulling for the Wildcats a little bit more.
"Oh, definitely. Definitely," she said with a chuckle.
Agnes Marshall and her husband picked through a pile of UofL Final Four t-shirts inside the Neutral Zone. She was on the hunt for a shirt for her daughter.
"She lives in Georgia and wants (me to send her) one," Marshall said.
Down the street, Jimmie Stallings, an avid UK fan, says he's bound for New Orleans next week. He bought his Final Four tickets earlier in the season, not knowing if his beloved Wildcats would prevail.
The team beat Baylor Saturday to advance to a meeting with UofL.
Stallings says he knows the match up will send the state into a frenzy this week.
"It's just the prestige and honor. (Basketball) is a tradition in Kentucky. It's part of our culture - and it separates us from North Carolina and Duke," Stallings said.
U of L fans interested in tickets may purchase them by visiting anthonytravel.com. UK fans are urged to call Ticketmaster or (877) NCAA-TIX.