KENNY WALKER: Cats can beat Louisville

Louisville is a huge game and if Billy Gillispie can win this game Saturday, it will take a little bit of the sting out of losses to UAB, Houston and Gardner-Webb. We all know the Kentucky-Lousville game is not the game it once was, but anytime you can beat Rick Pitino, especially if you are a Kentucky coach who is struggling, then people will love you and forget about those losses just a little.

That's how big this game is for Billy Gillispie, and I hope his players treat it that way. This is a game they can turn and point to after this season is over as one that might have given them a chance to get invited to the NCAA Tournament.

Beating Louisville could be the game that turns around the season for this team.

Pitino is really going to want to win, though. He has brought David Padgett back and I knew if he could walk, he would be playing against Kentucky. This is big for Rick. He has lost to Kentucky three games in a row, and we know he doesn't like that. I am sure he will never admit it publicly but struggling against the Wildcats is not what he wants. I am sure he wants to send a message to his fans that his team can play better and can develop chemistry.

Let's not forget that Louisville was picked as a possible Final Four team before the year started. The potential is there and it should be a great atmosphere for two teams that are struggling and both need a signature win for this year.

For Kentucky to win, Jasper has to run the offense well. If he is out there, his passing is contagious. Rest of the guys tend to pass the ball better with him out there. I am hoping we can focus on getting the ball to Patterson more than we have. I know he is averaging about 17 points a game, but against Louisville he has to get the ball inside and hopefully get Derrick Caracter out of the game. Once you do that, the size becomes to Kentucky's advantage.

I would also like to see Kentucky take advantage of its good foul shooting by getting to the line and getting Louisville in foul trouble. I really think if that happens, Kentucky could win the game at the foul line, especially in Rupp Arena.

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