During a win over 7th-ranked Missouri at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas last month, Louisville center Gorgui Dieng injured his wrist. He has been out for a month.

Speculation in the Bluegrass State has been rampant about whether or not he'd return to go toe-to-toe with University of Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel. Well, he will and then they will. And then, I believe, the Wildcats will suffer their first loss to Louisville since Coach John Calipari took the helm in 2009.

Yep, under Coach Cal, the 'Cats are 4-0 against their bitter rivals, the Cardinals. But this year, Louisville is a veteran club, loaded with talent, and playing some of the most stifling defense I have ever seen. Oh, and their offensive game has improved since last year, too.

Hey, let's cut right to it. I've already predicted that Louisville will win the National Championship, so you know I think they're a fantastic basketball team. And Kentucky, right now, is just too young to deal with the kind of pressure defense they're going to see at the Yum! Center Saturday afternoon.

Yes, I know I'll take heat from Kentucky fans over this, but that's okay. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm a fan of all Kentucky teams and hope they all do well. If they play each other, then I hope both sides play their best. That's all I can do.

And that's all Coach Cal wants his guys to do--play to the best of their abilities.

Let's see what he had to say in a press conference leading up to the big weekend match-up:

 

 

The Country Station 92.5 WBKR's live coverage of UK vs. U of L begins at 3PM, Saturday afternoon. Sister station, NewsTalk1490 WOMI's coverage begins with the pre-game show at 1:30.