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Final Four - Louisville vs Kentucky

It's less than a week away from what some are calling the, "Dream Game". The Kentucky Wildcats face-off against the Louisville Cardinals. Here's everything you need to back your team in a smack talking session.

Let's start with the Louisville Cardinals:

Louisville is better than Kentucky historically

  • At least you keep showing up. Louisville has an average margin of victory of 9 over Kentucky in 11 wins since 1982.
  • We’re so much better than you, we get lazy. Louisville has come back to win after being down at half against Kentucky 4 times since 1997.
Louisville players are better than Kentucky players
  • Louisville players are more experienced than Kentucky players (15,552 minutes played vs 13,441 minutes played).
  • The Louisville three-point leader (Kyle Kuric) has more three-pointers than the Kentucky three-point leader (Doron Lamb).
  • The Louisville assist leader (Peyton Siva) has more assists than the Kentucky assist leader (Marquis Teague).
  • The Louisville steals leader (Russ Smith) has more steals than the Kentucky steals leader (Anthony Davis).
  • Gorgui Dieng is ranked 15th nationally in rebounds and ranked 4th nationally in blocks
  • Peyton Siva is ranked 14th nationally in assists and ranked 42nd nationally in steals
  • Chane Behanan is ranked 46th nationally in rebounds
  • Russ Smith is ranked 7th nationally in steals
The Big East is a better conference than the SEC
  • The Big East has had 5 more NBA Draft picks than the SEC over the past 10 years.
  • The Big East has had 1 more NCAA Tournament Championships than the SEC over the past 10 years.
  • The Big East has had 3 more Final Four teams than the SEC over the past 5 years.
  • The Big East has had 13 more Sweet Sixteen teams than the SEC over the past 10 years.
  • The Big East has had 18 more NCAA Tournament teams than the SEC over the past 10 years.
  • Last year the Big East had a better conference RPI than the SEC (1 vs 6).
  • Last year the Big East had a stronger schedule compared to the SEC (1 vs 5).
  • Last year the Big East had a much better average team RPI than the SEC (61 vs 93).
  • Last year the worst team in the Big East had a much higher RPI than the worst team in the SEC (229 vs 252).
  • The Big East had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the SEC.
  • The Big East has teams that are better at steals, assist-to-turnover ratio, rebounding, free throw shooting, and assists than any team in the SEC.
  • The top ranking player between the two conferences for field goals made, free throws made, assists, and steals is in the Big East.