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Cauley-Stein on rivalry: 'It's a problem, it really is'

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07:33 AM ET 12.26 | Here comes another clash of Kentucky's titans. It is a strange juxtaposition: a rivalry so bitter for the fans that two elderly men would assault each other during dialysis treatment over one's allegiance to red rather than blue -- true story -- yet carried on by players who hardly understand why all the fuss. ... As they prepare for Saturday's renewal of the rivalry, none of the Wildcats' top eight scorers and none of the Cards' top nine is from Kentucky. "Until you've been here for a year or you've lived in this state, you don't know about the rivalry," said UK sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein, who is from Kansas. "It's a problem, it really is, because it's so serious to people, and if you don't take it serious, then you don't care, pretty much. That's what they think."

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December 26, 2013  08:48 AM ET

It is very serious, indeed, up there, always has been, nothing new.

Go Kentucky Go

Go Kentucky Go

Go Kentucky Go

December 26, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Well, think about it, they only ever had one ABA team for Pros, not such a hot football team at either school, so, basketball made up for it all. Of course it became the "hot" button, with UK coming out on top most of the time, of course, the way it should be.

December 26, 2013  11:06 AM ET

... "a rivalry so bitter for the fans that two elderly men would assault each other during dialysis treatment ..."

Sad.

December 26, 2013  01:45 PM ET

Shut you pie hole Cal.

 
December 26, 2013  06:24 PM ET

"none of the Wildcats' top eight scorers and none of the Cards' top nine is from Kentucky"

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