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School UK U of L
Logo Ukyseal.png Logo of the University of Louisville
Ownership Commonwealth of Kentucky Commonwealth of Kentucky
Location Lexington, KY Louisville, KY
Conference Southeastern Big East
Students 27,209 21,841
School Colors Blue & White Red & Black
Nickname Wildcats Cardinals
Mascot(s) Blue, The Wildcat, Scratch Cardinal Bird
Football Stadium Commonwealth Stadium Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
Basketball Arena Rupp Arena Freedom Hall

The Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals, athletic programs for the two largest universities in Kentucky, are intense sport rivals. The teams first played each other in 1912 (football) and 1913 (basketball) but both rivalries were largely dormant for several decades until the teams started playing regularly in the 1980s and 1990s. Historically, basketball has been the more important of the two rivalries but the football rivalry has also become more heated in recent years. The rivalry became even more intense after Rick Pitino, former head basketball coach for Kentucky, became the coach of Louisville.[1] The yearly men's basketball game is called the Battle for the Bluegrass and the yearly football game is played for the Governor's Cup trophy. Many of the schools' other sports teams also play annually despite the fact that the teams are not in the same conference.

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Background

The University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville are the two largest universities in the state of Kentucky and are the only major athletic programs in the state, the Wildcats being members of the Southeastern Conference and the Cardinals being members of the Big East conference.

The University of Louisville was founded in 1798 as a municipally supported institution by the combination of two medical schools and a newly established law school. It didn't join the state university system until 1970.

The University of Kentucky grew out of three prior institutions. Founded in 1780, Transylvania Seminary merged with Bacon College, later known as Kentucky University, in 1865. Due to concerns regarding a religious entity receiving a land grant under the Morrill Act, the university's agricultural and mechanical college was spun off as Kentucky A&M in 1878 as an independent, state-run institution. Kentucky A&M is now known as the University of Kentucky. Lexington Theological Seminary traces its roots to Bacon College, and Kentucky University changed its name to that of its oldest entity, Transylvania University in 1908 to avoid confusion with the University of Kentucky.

Basketball

Battle for the Bluegrass (basketball)

Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals
Originated 1913
Continuity Continuous since 1983
Overall series leader Kentucky (27-14)
Modern series leader Kentucky (18-11)
Current champion Kentucky

Kentucky and Louisville first played against each other in 1913 but stopped playing each other in the 1920s. The rivalry was generally dormant with only occasional matchups until the teams met in the elite eight of the 1983 NCAA Tournament. Since that year, the rivalry has been renewed and the two teams have met each year, usually in late December or early January. Kentucky leads the all-time basketball series with Louisville, 26 games to 14, and leads the modern series seventeen to eleven.[2] In four tournament meetings, the teams are tied at two games apiece.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series Notes
1913-02-15 Lexington, KY Kentucky       34 Louisville 10 UK 1-0
1914-02-07 Lexington, KY Kentucky 22 Louisville 17 UK 2-0
1914-03-03 Louisville, KY Kentucky 26 Louisville 13 UK 3-0
1915-01-23 Lexington, KY Kentucky 18 Louisville 14 UK 4-0
1915-02-27 Louisville, KY Louisville 26 Kentucky        15 UK 4-1
1916-02-12 Lexington, KY Louisville 28 Kentucky 22 UK 4-2
1916-02-22 Louisville, KY Kentucky 32 Louisville 24 UK 5-2
1922-01-17 Louisville, KY Kentucky 38 Louisville 14 UK 6-2
1922-01-21 Lexington, KY Kentucky 29 Louisville 22 UK 7-2
1948-03-27 New York City, NY Kentucky 91 Louisville 57 UK 8-2
1951-03-20 Raleigh, NC Kentucky (1) 79 Louisville 68 UK 9-2 NCAA Tournament First Round
1959-03-13 Evanston, IL Louisville 76 Kentucky (2) 61 UK 9-3 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1983-03-26† Knoxville, TN Louisville (2) 80 Kentucky (12) 68 UK 9-4 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1983-11-26 Louisville, KY Kentucky (1) 65 Louisville (6) 44 UK 10-4
1984-03-22 Lexington, KY Kentucky (3) 72 Louisville 67 UK 11-4 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1984-12-15 Louisville, KY Louisville (14) 71 Kentucky 64 UK 11-5
1985-12-28 Lexington, KY Kentucky (13) 69 Louisville (15) 64 UK 12-5
1986-12-27 Louisville, KY Kentucky (18) 85 Louisville 51 UK 13-5
1987-12-12 Lexington, KY Kentucky (1) 76 Louisville 75 UK 14-5
1988-12-31 Louisville, KY Louisville (14) 97 Kentucky 75 UK 14-6
1989-12-30 Lexington, KY Louisville (8) 86 Kentucky 79 UK 14-7
1990-12-29 Louisville, KY Kentucky (18) 93 Louisville 85 UK 15-7
1991-12-28 Lexington, KY Kentucky (17) 103 Louisville (21) 89 UK 16-7
1992-12-12 Louisville, KY Kentucky (3) 88 Louisville (9) 68 UK 17-7
1993-11-27 Lexington, KY Kentucky (2) 78 Louisville (7) 70 UK 18-7
1995-01-01 Louisville, KY Louisville 88 Kentucky (5) 86 UK 18-8
1995-12-23 Lexington, KY Kentucky (4) 89 Louisville (25) 66 UK 19-8
1996-12-31 Louisville, KY Kentucky (3) 74 Louisville (16) 54 UK 20-8
1997-12-27 Lexington, KY Louisville 79 Kentucky (4) 76 UK 20-9
1998-12-26 Louisville, KY Louisville 83 Kentucky (3) 74  UK 20-10 
1999-12-18 Lexington, KY Kentucky 76 Louisville 46 UK 21-10
2001-01-02 Louisville, KY Kentucky 64 Louisville 62 UK 22-10
2001-12-29 Lexington, KY Kentucky 82 Louisville (6) 62 UK 23-10
2002-12-28 Louisville, KY Louisville 81 Kentucky (14) 63 UK 23-11
2003-12-27 Lexington, KY Louisville (20) 65 Kentucky (2) 56 UK 23-12
2004-12-18 Louisville, KY Kentucky (9) 60 Louisville (13) 58 UK 24-12
2005-12-17 Lexington, KY Kentucky (23) 73 Louisville (4) 61 UK 25-12
2006-12-16 Louisville, KY Kentucky 61 Louisville 49 UK 26-12
2008-01-05 Lexington, KY Louisville 89 Kentucky 75 UK 26-13
2009-01-04 Louisville, KY Louisville (18) 74 Kentucky 71 UK 26-14
2010-01-03 Lexington, KY Kentucky (3) 71 Louisville 62 UK 27-14

Kentucky victories are shaded ██ blue. Louisville victories shaded in ██ red. † indicates overtime. Numbers in parentheses indicate a team's Associated Press Top 25 rank at the time of the games.

Football

Governor's Cup (football)

Kentucky Wildcats Louisville Cardinals
Originated 1912
Next meeting 2009-09-12[3]
Continuity Continuous since 1994
Overall series leader Kentucky (13-9)
Modern series leader Louisville (9-7)
Current champion Kentucky

Kentucky (13)
1912 1913 1914 1915 1922 1924 1994 1997 1998 2002 2007 2008 2009
Louisville (9)
1995 1996 1999 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006

When Kentucky and Louisville first started played each other in football in 1912, Louisville's football program was still in its infancy. Kentucky dominated six meetings between the teams from 1912 until 1924, holding Louisville scoreless in all six games, after which the teams stopped playing. Kentucky is recognized by the NCAA as its national champion in football for the 1950 season by virtue of the Sagarin ratings, but since then neither program has been particularly strong in football. As the basketball rivalry intensified and both schools' football programs improved, the two teams began playing annually in 1994 after a 70-year dormancy and the rivalry began in earnest. Kentucky leads the all-time football series with Louisville, 13 games to nine. In the modern series, Louisville leads Kentucky, nine games to seven.

Date Site Winning team Losing team Series
1912-10-28  Lexington  Kentucky 41 Louisville 0 UK 1-0
1913-11-22 Louisville Kentucky 20 Louisville 0 UK 2-0
1914-11-14 Lexington Kentucky 42 Louisville 0 UK 3-0
1915-11-06 Louisville Kentucky 15 Louisville 0 UK 4-0
1922-10-14 Lexington Kentucky 63 Louisville 0 UK 5-0
1924-10-04 Lexington Kentucky 29 Louisville 0 UK 6-0
1994-09-03 Lexington Kentucky 20 Louisville 14 UK 7-0
1995-09-02 Lexington Louisville    13 Kentucky 10 UK 7-1
1996-08-31 Lexington Louisville 38 Kentucky     14 UK 7-2
1997-08-30 Lexington Kentucky 38 Louisville 24 UK 8-2
1998-09-05 Louisville Kentucky 68 Louisville 34 UK 9-2
1999-09-04 Lexington Louisville 56 Kentucky 28 UK 9-3
2000-09-02† Louisville Louisville 40 Kentucky 34 UK 9-4
2001-09-01 Lexington Louisville 36 Kentucky 10 UK 9-5
2002-09-01 Louisville Kentucky 22 Louisville (17) 17   UK 10-5  
2003-08-31 Lexington Louisville 40 Kentucky 24 UK 10-6
2004-09-04 Louisville Louisville 28 Kentucky 0 UK 10-7
2005-09-04 Lexington Louisville (12) 31 Kentucky 24 UK 10-8
2006-09-03 Louisville Louisville (13) 59 Kentucky 28 UK 10-9
 2007-09-15  Lexington Kentucky 40 Louisville (9) 34 UK 11-9
2008-08-31 Louisville Kentucky 27 Louisville 2 UK 12-9
 2009-09-19  Lexington Kentucky 31 Louisville 27 UK 13-9

Kentucky victories are shaded ██ blue. Louisville victories shaded in ██ red. † indicates overtime. Numbers in parentheses indicate a team's Associated Press Top 25 rank at the time of the games.

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