Three takeaways from Kentucky’s win over North Carolina in a basketball classicThis may have been the best Kentucky-North Carolina game ever. There have been some really good ones over the years, going back to the Dean Smith vs. Adolph Rupp battles, to some NCAA Tournament games, to Anthony Davis’ block of Jon Henson’s shot that saved UK’s thrilling one-point win in 2011. Saturday, they played basketball the way you’re supposed to. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Video: UNC Falls to Kentucky, 103-100, in Instant Classic - HighlightsJustin Jackson scored a career-high 34 points for the Tar Heels, but Kentucky's Malik Monk scored 47 to lead the Wildcats to a victory in a shootout at the CBS Sports Classic on December 17, 2016.
Video: Joel Berry Returns vs. KentuckyDespite being saddled with foul trouble, Joel Berry returned after missing two games with a sprained ankle to score 23 points (9/15 FG), grab 5 rebounds and dish out 7 assists against Kentucky on December 17, 2016
Monk scores 47, hits key 3 as Kentucky tops North CarolinaMalik Monk scored a Kentucky freshman record 47 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.7 seconds left to lead the sixth-ranked Wildcats past No. 7 North Carolina 103-100 on Saturday in a thrilling showdown of traditional powers. UNC's Justin Jackson nearly outshined Monk with 34 points, and his basket with 45 seconds left put the Tar Heels ahead. (Associated Press)
Video: Justin Jackson Scores Career-High 34 vs. KentuckyUNC forward Justin Jackson lit it up from all over the court, finishing with a career-high 34 points (10/17 FG, 4/7 3-pt FG, 10/15 FT) against Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic on December 17, 2016.
Kentucky tops UNC, 103-100, in instant classicThe loss gives the Tar Heels two nonconference defeats, matching their total from last year's runner-up squad. Granted, both losses come to current top-10 teams — No. 6 Kentucky and No. 9 Indiana — but this defeat adds more pressure for UNC to roll through a brutal conference slate if it hopes to contend for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. (Daily Tar Heel)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. KentuckyWhat a terrific college basketball game. Considering that Malik Monk was on fire, UNC was playing through foul trouble, Joel Berry was in his first game back after missing a pair with an ankle injury, and the Tar Heels just made a cross-country flight approximately 24 hours ago, the 103-100 Kentucky final margin was pretty remarkable. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: Kentucky 103, North Carolina 100View the complete box score from North Carolina's 103-100 loss to Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas on Saturday. (View Box Score)
UK/UNC: Five Numbers You Need to KnowKenPom also has the two side-by-side in offensive efficiency; Kentucky is No. 8 and North Carolina is No. 9. In defensive efficiency, the Cats are ranked third and UNC is seventh. The only other team in the country that’s in the top ten of each is Kansas. (Kentucky Sports Radio)
Kentucky vs. North Carolina: A comparison of the programsKentucky and North Carolina collide for the 38th time on Saturday (5:45 p.m., CBS-27). Kentucky is the winningest program in the history of college basketball with 2,214 victories. North Carolina ranks third with 2,183. Next month, Kentucky will host the program with the second-most wins. Kansas has 2,195. (Lexington Herald-Leader)
One Player has Banners in Rupp Arena and the Dean DomeThere’s plenty of history between Kentucky and North Carolina, but I bet you didn’t know this piece of shared history. Thomas Beisner teaches the BBN about Jim Jordan, a star for North Carolina who transferred to Kentucky. He wasn’t a superstar in Lexington, but his remarkable story ends happily. (Kentucky Sports Radio)
Can Kentucky counter North Carolina on the glass?UNC’s average possession lasts just 14.4 seconds, the 12th-fastest pace in the country, which helps them average the 11th-most points per game nationally (88.0). Such is Kentucky’s challenge against the Tar Heels in Saturday’s CBS Sports Classic (5:45 p.m. ET, CBS). “They’re big, they’re physical and they go to the glass,” Calipari said. “ (SEC Country)
College basketball rankings: No. 1 seed could be on line for UNC, KentuckyIt's not the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup that seemed possible late last month before North Carolina lost at Indiana and UCLA won at Kentucky. But it's still a neutral-court showdown between a pair of top-10 teams ... not to mention two of college basketball's biggest brands led by Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame coaches.
It's UNC vs. UK. (CBS Sports)
UNC vs. UK: Position by Position ComparisonNo. 7 North Carolina and No. 6 Kentucky square off on Saturday in a battle of top 10 Blue Bloods. The Tar Heels and Wildcats will meet in Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena as part of the CBS Sports Classic. The game tips at 5:30 PM ET and can be seen on CBS. Here is a position by position comparison of UNC and Kentucky's starting five plus one key reserve. (Carolina Blue)
UNC Basketball: Kentucky freshmen vs. North Carolina seniorsThe No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels will play the No. 6 Kentucky Wildcats Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic in Las Vegas. This game will feature an interesting matchup between UNC’s seniors and UK’s freshmen. How will John Calipari’s freshman class fare against UNC’s senior class that was several points shy of their ‘shining moment’ several months ago? (FOX Sports)
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