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Baylor plays in South Bend on Saturday in a rematch against No. 3 seed Kentucky.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville’s quest of fulfilling coach Rick Pitino’s hopes for the Cardinals repeating as national champions and becoming a “mini-dynasty” hinge on beating archrival Kentucky in Indianapolis on Saturday.

That’s going to be a challenge against the Wildcats, who have been a thorn in the Cardinals’ side.

Eighth-seeded Kentucky enters Friday night’s Midwest Regional showdown against fourth-seeded Louisville with a 3-2 edge in the NCAA tournament and a 31-15 series lead. The Wildcats have won five of the last six against Louisville, including at the 2012 Final Four en route to their eighth national championship, and a 73-66 victory last year in Lexington on Dec. 28.

Kentucky would love to dash Louisville’s dream of a third straight Final Four appearance, considering the Wildcats are trying to win their second title in three years.

 

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