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BOZICH | Post-game Louisville-Kentucky analysis BEFORE the game begins

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Rick Pitino (left) needs to beat John Calipari to stop a 1-7 slide against the UK coach. Rick Pitino (left) needs to beat John Calipari to stop a 1-7 slide against the UK coach.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There’s no reason to wait until Saturday afternoon to read what people will write after the Louisville-Kentucky basketball game that tips at noon in Rupp Arena.

I don’t need to see the final score (UK 71, U of L 66). I can tell you the final stories before the national television cameras blink on.

My gift to you is to share the inevitable story ideas before the game begins. If that makes me Everybody's Super Bowl, I'm ready.

Merry Christmas.

If Kentucky wins, folks will credit coach John Calipari for having the Wildcats rested, relaxed and rolling because of the pre-Christmas break he ordered. Cal keeps things cool.

If Kentucky loses, lines 1-17 will light up on post-game talk shows. Fans will howl that the UK players were not sharp. They’ll ask what Calipari was thinking giving his guys that much time off. Cal keeps things too cool.

If Louisville wins, Rick Pitino will draw praise for locking his guys in and locking them up with two mid-week games and multiple practices.

If U of L falls, skeptics will blame Pitino because the Cardinals were overworked in practice and played too many teams that missed the NIT Watch List.

If Louisville wins, Calipari will say that the Wildcats are Louisville’s Super Bowl.

If Kentucky wins, Calipari will say that the Wildcats are Louisville’s Super Bowl.

If the Falcons end the Panthers’ unbeaten season Sunday, Calipari will say that the Wildcats are Atlanta’s Super Bowl.

And Carolina’s too.

If Louisville wins, Pitino should indulge his sense of humor and say that the Cardinals are Kentucky's Super Bowl. In fact, every coach on the UK schedule should say it. Just for funsies.

If Louisville wins and Katina Powell fulfills her promise to attend the game, her presence will be described as a motivator for Pitino’s players. Win One For Coach (Pitino, not McGee.)

If Louisville loses and Powell fulfills her promise to attend the game, her presence will be noted as a distraction for Pitino’s players. (What troll gave her the ticket, by the way?)

No matter who wins,  somebody should ask her where she spent Friday night.

And whether book sales have stalled. Last time I checked, "Breaking Cardinal Rules," ranked No. 58,317 in Amazon Kindle sales.

If Kentucky wins, somebody will Tweet that Pitino will never win another game against Calipari.

If Louisville wins, somebody will Tweet that when Calipari is not armed with four or five first-round NBA Draft picks, Pitino tucks Calipari in his hip pocket.

If Kentucky wins, credit the Ohio State loss for re-focusing the Wildcats.

If Kentucky loses, blame the Ohio State loss for putting the Wildcats in a loss-of-confidence funk.

If Louisville wins, credit the Michigan State game for teaching the Cardinals how to win on the road.

If Louisville loses, blame Rick Pitino for scheduling like a 29-year-old coach afraid of losing his job.

If Kentucky loses, Calipari will mention the youth of his team. He will say that he “loves his team,” but that “this is hard.” And he will say that Kentucky is the youngest team in the nation, even though Ken Pomeroy’s experience analytic shows that Ohio State (which beat Cal’s team on a neutral floor), Marquette and eight other teams are less experienced than the Wildcats.

If Louisville loses, the statistic might leak that not one player on Pitino’s roster scored a point against the Wildcats last season while Calipari returned 16 points from the game at the KFC Yum! Center.

If Skal Labissiere stands and delivers in the middle for UK, somebody will write that the freshman needed the holiday break to clear his mind.

If Labissiere plays like a three-star recruit again, premium subscribers to the national recruiting services should ask for a refund.

If Louisville loses and Pitino fails to come to the Rupp Arena press room podium, somebody will howl that Pitino is a sore loser.

If Louisville wins and Pitino fails to make it to the press room, somebody will note that Pitino speaks outside the locker room at nearly every road game.

If Louisville wins or loses and Pitino does visit the press room podium, I hope somebody brings smelling salts to stir me off the floor.

Somebody other than Katina Powell.

If Louisville wins or loses and then Pitino sends assistant Ralph Willard to handle the post-game media questions, Pitino will earn every minute of criticism that he will inevitably draw.

If Kentucky loses, somebody will wonder how much better the Wildcats would have been if they had A) Dakari Johnson; B) Trey Lyles; C) Devin Booker or D) all of the above.

If Kentucky wins, somebody will note the Wildcats dispatched Louisville (again) after losing seven guys to the pros.

If Louisville wins, somebody will write that this Louisville team is absolutely better than last season’s team. (Not me. I’ve already posted that one.)

If Louisville loses, some wise guy will write that Rick Pitino was correct, it was too soon to judge this team better than last season’s team. (And I’ll be tempted to delete my old column from the WDRB.com archives.)

If Kentucky wins, somebody will write that the Wildcats were the better team.

If Louisville wins, somebody will write that the Cardinals were the better team.

It’s that simple

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