LOUISVILLE, Ky. —
The Cardinals couldn’t get it done in their first meeting with the latest group of heralded Kentucky freshmen, who began the season ranked No. 1, expectations of winning the school’s ninth title and possibly going unbeaten.
And now they’re playing their best basketball of the year.
While the unbeaten projection went bust with the Wildcats’ loss to Michigan State in the season’s third game — not to mention, several defeats down the stretch — they’ve revived their title prospects with an impressive postseason highlighted by Sunday’s stunning upset of Wichita State.
The Wildcats seek another upset of a higher seed when they take on Louisville.
“It’s a big step for” the Wildcats, said former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, who won the 1978 title. “They had a tough road in the second game against Wichita State, the only undefeated team in the tournament, and now they face Louisville.
“If they win that game, they’ll (possibly) have to face a No. 2 seed (Michigan) and maybe have to face two No. 1 seeds.”
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