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Joel Berry expected to play Saturday vs. Kentucky

According to a tweet from UNC Basketball on Friday night, point guard Joel Berry is expected to play Saturday when the seventh-ranked Tar Heels play sixth-ranked Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic at T-Mobile Arena. Berry missed the past two games with a sprained ankle. Berry is averaging 14.8 points, 4.7 assists and 3.8 rebounds for UNC, which is 10-1. (CBS Sports)

UNC vs. Kentucky Dream Team Simulation Results

While we wait for the real game Saturday between North Carolina and Kentucky in Las Vegas, we decided to put on a game of our own: Kentucky legends vs. North Carolina legends. Using WhatIfSports.com, a free simulation engine, we were able to simulate a 7-game series between these two teams, beginning with a showdown at Rupp Arena for Game 1. (SEC Country)

Joel Berry and the Carolina Early Offense

Two topics I’ve written about at length are: 1) Joel Berry makes UNC much, much better. 2) UNC’s halfcourt offense has been historically good so far this season; its transition/early offense, however, has been below average. But I haven’t yet truly combined those two topics to examine how Berry’s presence on the floor affects the early and halfcourt offenses. (The Secondary Break)

Know Your Opponent: Kentucky

A year off from the series means plenty of roster turnover for Kentucky, however, with only Isaiah Briscoe and Isaac Humphries returning from last year's freshman class. No juniors remain from the powerhouse 2014-15 squad that went 38-1 and featured the likes of Karl-Anthony Towns, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker, to name a few Wildcats who now play in the NBA. (GoHeels.com)

Best individual performances in UK-UNC history

James Worthy (26 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists) - Dec. 26, 1981 It's almost easy to forget just how good James Worthy was but it's easy to understand why that happens given that he played with Michael Jordan in college and then Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the NBA. (Rivals.com)

UNC-Kentucky is the best game of the week: 5 big reasons to watch

North Carolina has the No. 9 résumé in college basketball. Kentucky is clearly outside the top 10. We think of both Kentucky and UNC as No. 1/No. 2 seed-type teams this season, and this game will be a significant data point. It's not do or die, but the loser of this game will have a higher mountain to climb toward getting a No. 1 seed. (CBS Sports)

Chansky’s Notebook: Big Blue Revival

This year’s game will pit different recruiting philosophies against each other, with Kentucky unveiling its latest superstar freshman class against another veteran team for Roy Williams, who will certainly take a one and done but likes to give his program the foundation of experience. I can’t even scout Kentucky at this point but I know they have a Monk, a Fox and a Bam. (Chapelboro.com)

How North Carolina and Kentucky match up — with a game prediction

Historically, North Carolina has had Kentucky’s number — the Tar Heels are the only team to have beaten UK more than 10 times (23-14) and have a winning record vs. the Cats. However, under John Calipari, UK is 4-2 vs. UNC, including a 76-69 NCAA Tournament victory over the Tar Heels in 2011. Roy Williams is 8-8 vs. Kentucky overall, 7-5 as UNC head coach. (Lexington Herald-Leader)

Carolina vs. Kentucky Saturday In Las Vegas

Carolina returns to action after the completion of fall semester exams on Saturday, December 17th, against Kentucky. The game will be played at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as part of the CBS Sports Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for approximately 5:45 p.m. Eastern Time. UNC is 19-15 under Roy Williams when both teams are ranked in the AP top 10. (GoHeels.com)

About 50 NBA Scouts Expected for CBS Sports Classic

Nearly 50 NBA scouts are expected on Saturday for the CBS Sports Classic that features No. 2 UCLA facing Ohio State and No. 6 Kentucky meeting No. 7 North Carolina in Las Vegas. UNC seniors Justin Jackson and Isaiah Hicks are both projected second-round picks. Together, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA have won 25 NCAA Championships. (Zag's Blog)

Kentucky's matchup with UNC should be revealing

Is Kentucky so good that its fast pace can work against a team like North Carolina, which is designed from the ground up to do the exact same thing (and which is vastly more experienced than Kentucky)? Can the Wildcats do so while keeping the nation's best offensive rebounding team off the boards? Are they good enough to do so? How good are they, anyway? (ESPN.com)

Lucas: Half The Fun

The Tar Heels arrived at RDU around 7:30 p.m. The good news is that a plane awaited them on the tarmac. The only slight problem was that no pilots were on hand, and the scheduled pilots were in Milwaukee. That’s great if they wanted to see John Henson play basketball, but not so great if they wanted to steer the Tar Heels across the country. (GoHeels.com)

UNC vs. Kentucky Preview

No. 7 North Carolina travels to Las Vegas for its first top-10 matchup of the season with No. 6 Kentucky in the CBS Sports Classic. The game tips at 5:45 p.m. ET at the T-Mobile Arena. The Wildcats enter Saturday’s matchup with a 9-1 record. Their only loss – a 97-92 defeat to UCLA - came at home. John Calipari’s rotation is stocked full of freshmen. (Inside Carolina)

An Update on Tar Heels in the NBA

Wayne Ellington is having the best season of his NBA career for a woeful Miami Heat team. He’s averaging a career-high 13.4 points, in addition to a career-high 33 minutes per game. Tyler Zeller continues to be a decent piece for the Celtics, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds. Brice Johnson still has yet to play for the Clippers as he recovers from injury. (Tar Heel Blog)

Cost of admission: North Carolina at Duke tickets go for thousands on StubHub

How much is a chance to see the Tar Heels play the Blue Devils in Cameron Indoor Stadium worth to you? $1,100? How about $17,000? That’s how much the tickets to the Feb. 9 Carolina-Duke face off in Cameron were going for on the online ticket sales website StubHub on Thursday, about two months ahead of game day. (Charlotte Observer)

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Basketball Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 93
Louisville: 76
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Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Syracuse
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UNC vs. Miami
Tue, Feb 27, 9:00 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Sat, Mar 3, 8:15 ET ESPN Tickets

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ACC Basketball Standings
(1) Virginia13-123-2
(5) Duke10-422-5
(10) North Carolina10-521-7
(15) Clemson9-520-6
Virginia Tech8-618-8
NC State8-618-9
(25) Florida State8-719-8
Boston College6-817-11
Notre Dame6-916-12
Georgia Tech4-1011-16
Wake Forest3-1210-17

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