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Roy Williams, John Calipari rave about style of play

North Carolina vs. Kentucky was what college basketball is supposed to look like. Free flowing, fast, and fun. "It was a heck of a college basketball game, if you don't care who won," UNC head coach Roy Williams said after his Tar Heels fell 103-100 in Saturday's CBS Sports Classic. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels show resilience, fight: "We can compete at this level"

It's hard to think about positives when you team loses a tough game in the closing seconds. The Tar Heels were up three late in the game but fell to a very talented Kentucky team 103-100. UNC was there. They came back. They showed fight. They could have won. Following the game, CarolinaBlue spoke with Luke Maye, Isaiah Hicks, and Justin Jackson. (Carolina Blue)

Kentucky: The Morning After

After spending a few hours re-watching and charting the UNC-Kentucky game, then a few more sleeping it off, I’m equal parts proud of how the Tar Heels competed and disappointed in how they let it slip away. Well, maybe not equal parts: I’m more proud than disappointed. Sometimes, when an opponent had a game like Malik Monk did, you just need to tip your cap. (The Secondary Break)

Calipari on Justin Jackson's complete offensive performance

On Saturday night against No. 7 Kentucky, UNC junior Justin Jackson put it together for an all-around excellent offensive night. His stat line in the first half: 20 points (5-9 fFG, 2-4 3P, 8-12 FTs), 3 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 turnovers. His stat line for the game: 34 points (10-17 FG, 4-7 3P, 10-15 FTs), 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers. (Carolina Blue)

Final Four preview? Kentucky, North Carolina show championship mettle

In a town where Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis became legendary, No. 6-ranked Kentucky and No. 7 North Carolina staged a heavyweight title bout befitting Sin City, and Malik Monk put on a performance of legendary proportions. (FanRag Sports)

Video: Frustrated Roy Williams fires his jacket, gets technical

North Carolina coach Roy Williams is known for taking off his suit coat when he gets frustrated. But Williams removed his jacket and fired it at the bench in frustration after a foul call went against the Tar Heels early in the first half against Kentucky. (Carolina Blue)

Malik Monk overshadowed amazing games by UNC's Justin Jackson, Joel Berry

For the first time in history, North Carolina lost a game in regulation in which it scored at least 100 points. Kentucky's 103-100 victory against the Tar Heels on Saturday was the best and most riveting game we've seen so far this season. I feel like the game's flow, competitiveness and overall entertainment value won't be topped until the NCAA Tournament. (CBS Sports)

No. 6 Kentucky Outlasts No. 7 UNC in Classic Thriller Behind Monk’s 47 Points

Just months removed from one of the greatest college basketball games ever played, UNC experienced a bit of déjà vu on Saturday during a 103-100 loss to No. 6 Kentucky. Led by freshman guard Malik Monk’s 47 points, the Wildcats outlasted the Tar Heels in a game that might as well have been an early Christmas gift for college basketball fans. (Chapelboro.com)

Cats nip Heels in thrilling Vegas show

What. A. Game. That is what college basketball should look like. Two teams going at each other, not holding back, putting up points, and making plays. In the end No. 6 Kentucky made a few more than No. 7 North Carolina and came out on top 103-100 in a show worthy of the bright lights of Las Vegas. Here are CarolinaBlue's takeaways. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Run Out of Fuel Against Kentucky

North Carolina played in the greatest game of the 2015-16 season eight months ago, rallying from a 10-point deficit only to lose on a last-second 3-pointer from the wing. On Saturday, the Tar Heels may have played in the greatest game of 2016-17, once again having to charge back from a 10-point second-half deficit only to fall short on a deep dagger. (Inside Carolina)

UNC-Kentucky Postgame Notes

Points Per Possession: UNC 100 points on 88 possessions: 1.14, Kentucky 103 points on 94 possessions: 1.10. Carolina had won 51 straight games when scoring 100 points. UNC is now 52-2 under Roy Williams when scoring 100 points. Junior forward Justin Jackson scored a career-high 34 points. Joel Berry had 23 points and seven assists. (GoHeels.com)

Lucas: Hate The Game

This story starts with a very simple premise, and let’s be up front about it so you can move on if you’re not interested: You can hate Saturday’s 103-100 loss to Kentucky. You can fume about late-game mistakes or defensive breakdowns or timeouts. But as we stand here on Dec. 17, you have to love this team. Hate the game. Of course. But love the team. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Roy Williams, Joel Berry, Justin Jackson Post-Kentucky Press Conference

Roy Williams, Joel Berry, and Justin Jackson address the media following the Tar Heels' 103-100 loss to the Kentucky Wildcats at the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday. View Video...

Roy Williams, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry Post-Kentucky Press Conference Transcript

Roy Williams: It was a heck of a college basketball game, if you don't care who won, but I do care who wins. I'm really proud of these two guys up here beside me, because I thought they did some big-time things for us. It looked like we were out of it, and we kept playing and got a chance and got back in it, but you don't get points for that. You don't get wins for that. (CBS Sports)

John Calipari, Kentucky Players Post-UNC Press Conference Transcript

Justin Jackson had 34. How well do you think he played? Calipari: He knew, as soon as he saw Isaiah was on him, he said, okay, we'll take him inside. The minute I put one of those other guys on him, he took him outside, and Roy kept going back at him, just like I kept going at Malik. And that's what it became. But he is what I've always said, he's like a Bobby Jones. (ASAP Sports)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 80
Georgia Tech: 66
Sat, Jan 20 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Mon, Jan 22, 7:00 ET ESPN

UNC vs. North Carolina State
Sat, Jan 27, 12:00 ET CBS Tickets

UNC @ Clemson
Tue, Jan 30, 7:00 ET ESPN2 Tickets

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(2) Virginia7-017-1
Louisville5-115-4
(4) Duke5-217-2
(10) North Carolina5-216-4
(18) Clemson5-216-3
Miami3-314-4
Georgia Tech3-310-9
Florida State3-414-5
Boston College3-414-7
NC State3-413-7
Notre Dame3-413-7
Syracuse2-413-6
Virginia Tech2-412-6
Wake Forest1-68-11
Pittsburgh0-78-12


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