Are you ready for Calipari versus Pitino?

Here we go for the battle of the best two teams in Kentucky and possibly this game on March 31st will determine our national champion.

USA Today reported in October 2011:

Louisville’s Rick Pitino responds to John Calipari’s Kentucky taunt

Rick Pitino isn’t going to take John Calipari’s taunts lying down.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino wasn’t shy about responding to a taunt from John Calipari.
By Justin Edmonds, Getty Images

The Louisville coach responded after the Kentucky coach implied that there was only one major basketball programin the state.

“Four things I’ve learned in my 59 years about people,” Pitino told CBSSports.com. “I ignore the jealous, I ignore the malicious, I ignore the ignorant and I ignore the paranoid.”

“If the shoe fits anyone,” he added. “Wear it.”

As if the rivalry between the Cardinals and Wildcats isn’t hot enough, Pitino and Calipari have certainly added some fuel to the fire in the last week.

Should be pretty warm by the time these teams meet on Dec. 31 in Lexington.

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Pitino is 0-3 in his last three games against Kentucky:

2011

December 31, 2011* 12:00 p.m. at #3 Kentucky #4 Rupp ArenaLexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS  30 – R. Smith   5 – Tied   4 – Siva  L 62–69  24,387 12–2 (0–1)

2010

December 31, 2010* 12:00 p.m. #11 Kentucky #22 KFC Yum! Center • Louisville, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS  22 – Knowles   6 – C. Smith   4 – C. Smith  L 63–78  22,803 11–2

2009:

January 2* 3:30 p.m. at #3 Kentucky   Rupp ArenaLexington, KY
(Battle for the Bluegrass)
CBS L 71–62  24,479 10–4 (1–0) 
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