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No. 21 Kentucky-Louisville postponed by COVID-19

NCAA Basketball: Southeastern Louisiana at Louisville

Dec 14, 2021; Louisville, Kentucky, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Chris Mack reacts during the second half against the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at KFC Yum! Center. Louisville defeated Southeastern Louisiana 86-60. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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This week’s showdown between No. 21 Kentucky and archrival Louisville in Lexington has been postponed because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the Cardinals’ program.

Louisville interim athletic director Josh Heird stated in a release that team-related activities have been paused indefinitely.

The Bluegrass rivalry matchup between the schools located 80 miles apart has been played annually since the 1982-83 season. A release from Kentucky stated that the athletics department is seeking a replacement game for the Wildcats (8-2) at Rupp Arena.

Kentucky is coming off a 98-69 rout of North Carolina in in Las Vegas, a matchup rescheduled after both schools’ opponents pulled out following COVID-19 issues. Louisville lost 82-72 at in-state rival Western Kentucky without senior center Malik Williams, who was reportedly out because of COVID-19 protocols.