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Blog: UNC upsets No. 11 Kentucky, 82-77

Posted December 14, 2013

FINAL: UNC 82, Kentucky 77: Led by 23 points from Marcus Paige, the UNC Tar Heels upset the No. 11 Kentucky Wildcats Saturday, 82-77, at the Dean Smith Center.

3:00 2nd: UNC 66, Kentucky 63: At the final media timeout, Kentucky has battled back and trail the Tar Heels by just three points.

Foul trouble is becoming an issue as Poythress has already fouled out for Kentucky and UNC has three players with four fouls.

7:34 2nd: UNC 60, Kentucky 54: With the help of some stand-out defense and 16 points from James Michael McAdoo, the Tar Heels have a 6-point lead on Kentucky with under 8 to play at the Dean Dome.

15:21 2nd: UNC 41, Kentucky 40: Despite falling behind early in the second half, Marcus Paige turned a turnover into a deuce and the Tar Heels lead Kentucky by a point at the first media break of the second half.

HALF: UNC 33, Kentucky 30: At the break, JP Tokoto and James Michael McAdoo lead all scorers with 11 points apiece and the Tar Heels are staked to a slim 33-30 lead on ranked Kentucky.

Kentucky coach John Calipari drew a technical foul at the end of the half, helping the Tar Heels gain the edge from the free throw line. UNC has made 12 from the charity stripe in the first 20 minutes.

Kentucky is shooting 40 percent from the floor while UNC is shooting just 38 percent.

9:30 1st: Kentucky 19, UNC 14: Led by 7 points from James Young, Kentucky has built a 5-point lead on UNC midway through the first half.

McAdoo and Tokoto lead the way for UNC with 4 apiece.


PREGAME

Two of the most storied programs in college basketball will collide on Saturday evening as the 11th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats come calling on the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at the Smith Center.

Kentucky has the most wins in NCAA history (2,119), while North Carolina ranks third all-time (2,096). These teams also represent the top two programs in terms of NCAA Tournament appearances, games played and victories. North Carolina holds a 22-13 edge in the all-time series with Kentucky, but the Wildcats have won three of the last four meetings, including a thrilling 73-72 decision at Rupp Arena in 2011.

Roy Williams' Tar Heels have been tough to figure out this season. The team has been at less than full strength with projected starters P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald still unable to suit up.

UNC has dropped games to Belmont and UAB this season, but has a pair of stellar victories over defending champion Louisville (93-84) and then top-ranked Michigan State (79-65). The team followed the big road win at Michigan State with last weekend's rout of UNC Greensboro (81-50) to arrive at 6-2 on the season.

It was a balanced effort in North Carolina's romp over UNCG last weekend, as the Tar Heels had five players post double figures in the scoring column, dominated the Spartans on the boards (46-28 rebounding edge) and forced the visitors into 21 costly turnovers that resulted in 30 points for UNC. Brice Johnson led the way off the bench with 14 points.

James Michael McAdoo was right behind with 13 points, followed by Marcus Paige (12 pts), Kennedy Meeks (12 pts) and Nate Britt (11 pts).

Despite being a couple of star players short, North Carolina remains a tough team, especially at the offensive end of the court, where it is averaging 77.5 ppg on .478 shooting.

The team also enjoys a +7.4 rebounding edge and is forcing 15.5 turnovers per game. Paige has really taken over as a team leader at the point and paces the squad in both scoring (18.8 ppg) and assists (4.5 apg). Johnson (13.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg) has been a picture of consistency coming off the bench.

McAdoo (13.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg) may be the most talented player on the floor most nights, but his sub par shooting thus far (.404) has helped squelch his explosiveness.

John Calipari has another extremely young squad on his hands in Lexington. That hasn't stopped the Wildcats from posting wins in eight of their first 10 games.

The two losses have come to powerhouses Michigan State (78-74) in mid- November and Baylor (67-62) on Dec. 6. The Wildcats were able to get some distance from the loss to the Bears with Tuesday's 70-55 win over Boise State.

Duke's Jabari Parker and Kansas' Andrew Wiggins have received the lion's share of the press as heralded freshmen phenoms, but Kentucky's Julius Randle has certainly thrust his name into the conversation of best newcomer this season.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound youngster has dominated play down low, recording eight double-doubles in 10 games and currently leads the Wildcats in both scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (12.0 rpg). Fellow freshmen James Young (13.9 ppg), Aaron Harrison (13.8 ppg) and Andrew Harrison (10.3 ppg) provide plenty of support, as does sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein (9.1 ppg), who serves as the team's top distributor (3.5 apg).

Despite the team's extreme youth, Kentucky is averaging a strong 80.8 ppg this year, while owning a huge +12.4 rebounding advantage.

Kentucky shot an impressive 52.9 percent from the floor against Boise State, owned the glass with a 43-27 edge in rebounding and held the Broncos to a mere 31.9-percent shooting effort in this week's 15-point victory at Rupp Arena. Young led the way with 21 points. Randle finished with a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double, while the Harrison twins posted 13 points apiece.

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  • CarolinaClassy Dec 14, 2:20 p.m.

    #LETS GO HEELS!!!!

    #WIN FOR PJ!!!!

    #WOOOOOOO-OOOO-OOOOOT!!!!

  • CarolinaClassy Dec 14, 2:21 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

  • seedofdoubt Dec 14, 2:27 p.m.

    Don't expect to catch the cats flat-footed. unc has no one to stop Randle so we'll see a lot of zone from roy. Lock down on Paige and this game is over before it starts.

    Wildcats by 18

  • DurhamDevil Dec 14, 2:28 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

    — Posted by CarolinaClassy

    You mean like Oakland, Holy Cross, Belmont, Richmond, UAB, and Northern Kentucky?

    People who live in glass houses...

  • mike honcho Dec 14, 2:55 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

    — Posted by CarolinaClassy

    In a headline about 2 of the most storied programs in college basketball
    some people cant keep Duke off their brain.... glad your thinking about us.

    #WORRY ABOUT YOUR TEAM!!!!

  • mittnfriends Dec 14, 3:06 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

    — Posted by CarolinaClassy

    You mean like Oakland, Holy Cross, Belmont, Richmond, UAB, and Northern Kentucky?

    People who live... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    I root for Puke before I do the Tarholes, but let's be real; Puke has the pieces everyone thought they'd have before the season started. Tarholes have had to deal with the loss of players(maybe their best one at that). Puke is 0-2 against top 5 teams, while the Holes are 2-0 by beating the #1 and #3 teams.

    Let the Holes have their day, just like anyone in their right mind should've/should be giving Puke football it's proper respect for what they've been able to accomplish.

  • 2ND AMENDMENT Dec 14, 3:10 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

    — Posted by CarolinaClassy

    You mean like Oakland, Holy Cross, Belmont, Richmond, UAB, and Northern Kentucky?

    People who live... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    I root for Puke before I do the Tarholes, but let's be real; Puke has the pieces everyone... View More

    — Posted by mittnfriends

    Puke football has accomplished nothing. See NCCU.

  • mittnfriends Dec 14, 3:18 p.m.

    They held NCCU scoreless while putting up 45 points. Then they went on to beat 2 top 25 teams and advance to the ACC championship. Their record is 10-3 and they're going bowling for the second straight season. The fact that this doesn't sound like anything you can attribute to Puke football is an astronomical accomplishment in and of itself.

    Watch out! President Blackula is reaching for your guns!

  • keeter Dec 14, 3:40 p.m.

    #LETS GO HEELS!!!!

    #WIN FOR PJ!!!!

    Yeah way to win one for the player who's REPEATED selfish actions have caused harm to the program. The Carolina Way

  • CarolinaClassy Dec 14, 3:41 p.m.

    Meanwhile dook gears up for Gardner-Webb. LOL

    #PLAY SOMEBODY!!!

    — Posted by CarolinaClassy

    You mean like Oakland, Holy Cross, Belmont, Richmond, UAB, and Northern Kentucky?

    People who live... View More

    — Posted by DurhamDevil

    You sound mad.

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