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Kentucky, Louisville clash in Battle for the Bluegrass

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(RNN) - Defending national champion Louisville brings a No. 4 ranking to the home court of rival No. 18 Kentucky in the Battle for the Bluegrass on Saturday. The Wildcats are 9-3 overall and 8-0 in Rupp Arena this year, but have stumbled in their three toughest games, against Michigan State, Baylor and North Carolina.

Louisville, 11-1, also fell to UNC.

Kentucky's Julius Randle is averaging 18.2 points per game, Aaron Harrison 15.1 and James Young 13.4. Randle has nine double-doubles this year, and is coming off a season-high 29 points in the Wildcats' most recent contest, a 93-80 win over Belmont.

Louisville won 80-77 last year, led by returnees Russ Smith, who had 21 points and Chane Behanan, who scored 20. Smith is averaging 16.8 point for the Cardinals. Randle is averaging 11.9 rebounds per game.

CBS will carry the game at 4 p.m. ET. Kentucky leads the series 30-15.

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