This article is part of our Final Four Preview series.
Final Four Preview: Ohio State vs. Kansas
KENTUCKY VS. LOUISVILLE
Matchup: It's an intra-state rivalry game on this side of the Final Four, as the Bluegrass State gets a repeat of its annual grudge match under the bright lights of the Bayou. Kentucky took the first contest, 69-62, on New Year's Eve behind 24 points and 19 rebounds from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This time around, Louisville coach Rick Pitino will be sure to make note of the freshman's determination and athleticism.
Of course, it wouldn't be right to fail to mention that Rick Pitino used to coach the Wildcats, and perhaps could have gone down in Kentucky lore with the likes of Adolph Rupp if not for the yearning for the big bucks of the NBA. After Larry Bird did not walk through that door in Boston, Pitino made his way back to the state of Kentucky, but instead took the reins of the Cardinals. Certainly, he would love nothing more than to knock off his former squad.
With many more story lines permeating this brotherly matchup, let's look at what each squad has to offer for this rematch in New Orleans.
Kentucky Wildcats, South Region No. 1 seed
Backcourt: After looking a bit lost at the beginning of the season, point guard Marquis Teague has really hit his stride. He has limited turnovers, found open teammates and gotten his own share of points with drives to the bucket. Doron Lamb is a pure shooter