If you are a Kentucky Wildcats fan with a deep emotional investment in how the Cats fare in the Kentucky-Louisville sports rivalry, here is what you need to do:
Find a UK women's athlete, and thank her.
Though there could be NCAA Tournament play left in spring sports, Louisville's 5-2 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night in baseball was the last regular-season, head-to-head meeting scheduled between the intrastate antagonists.
In men's sports, Louisville went a robust 5-1 against Kentucky in 2014-15. The Cardinals swept the Wildcats two games in baseball, beat the Cats in football and also won over UK in both soccer and swimming.
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Kentucky's sole head-to-head triumph over U of L in a men's sport came in the KFC Yum Center on Dec. 27 when John Calipari and the then-No. 1 Wildcats bested Rick Pitino and the then-No. 4 Cardinals 58-50.
(In our college hoops-mad state, the Cats-Cards men's hoops contest is the annual sporting event that fans most care about and, for some, might be the only regular-season outcome that matters. So, if you were only going to win one men's game in the UK-U of L rivalry, Kentucky got a big one.)
Yet as dominant as Louisville men's teams were against UK, the Kentucky women almost canceled them out.
In women's sports, Kentucky was 4-2 in 2014-15 against Louisville. Matthew Mitchell and the Wildcats women's basketball team rallied from double digits behind for the third straight year to beat Jeff Walz and the Cardinals women's hoopsters.
UK women's teams also beat U of L in volleyball and soccer. The Cats and Cards split two softball games. The Louisville women edged Kentucky (155-145) in a tightly contested swim meet.
So overall in head-to-head sports competition in 2014-15, U of L holds a 7-5 advantage over UK.
That's a big change from the last school year, when the Wildcats clearly had the upper hand on the Cardinals.
In 2013-14, UK went 9-4 (4-3 in men's sports, 5-1 in women's) vs. U of L. The two rivals split NCAA Tournament meetings, with UK eliminating U of L from the men's basketball tourney round of 16 and Louisville returning the favor to Kentucky in a baseball regional (the schools did not play in men's soccer in 2013-14).
In the big picture, it is interesting that in the three most visible sports in the UK-U of L rivalry — men's basketball, football and women's hoops — one team (or the other) has dramatically had the upper hand in recent years.
Louisville has won four in a row in football. Kentucky has won seven of eight in men's basketball. UK women's basketball has beaten the Cardinals four in a row and five out of six.
It is possible that the dominant team could be vulnerable next season.
Football. Louisville just had 10 players selected in the 2015 NFL Draft. It has lost 14 draft picks in the last two seasons. That exodus of talent should give Mark Stoops and UK a realistic chance to break through when the Cardinals visit Commonwealth Stadium on Nov. 28.
Men's basketball. U of L's Pitino has not won a game against Kentucky in Rupp Arena since Jan. 5, 2008. Ricky P. has not beaten a non-Billy Gillispie-coached UK team in Rupp since Dec. 27, 2003.
The Wildcats all but assuredly will be favored when Louisville comes to Lexington next season. However, barring some unforeseen roster additions, Kentucky in 2015-16 does not appear to have the immense defensive length on the perimeter that has so tormented U of L during the Calipari era.
Women's basketball. Louisville will boast a 2015 freshman class that some consider the best incoming group in the country. Led by star point guard Asia Durr, that talent influx should give U of L a viable chance at its first win in Lexington since Dec. 20, 2007.
That's the future, though. As for the school year currently wrapping up, U of L's 7-5 head-to-head advantage against UK is balanced out by the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings (a measure of overall athletics department strength).
Through April 22, Kentucky was 15th in those standings, Louisville 26th.
Given that, you can argue that UK — boosted by its women's teams — and Louisville have essentially fought each other to a draw in 2014-15.