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Fans could see troops on arena video board

Updated: December 18, 2004, 4:33 PM ET
Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Troops at Camp Fallujah and Camp Cooke in Iraq were able to watch Saturday's telecast of the annual basketball game between Kentucky and Louisville.

"Anything we can do to entertain or distract them in any small way is awesome," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, whose Cardinals lost 60-58 to the Wildcats.

Inside Freedom Hall, fans could see and hear the troops on the arena's video board. Gov. Ernie Fletcher led the crowd in wishing the troops a merry Christmas.

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