BBL: Short-handed North Carolina betters Kentucky


Big Blue Links for Sunday:

- Simply put, this Kentucky basketball team was overhyped, says my column from Chapel Hill.

- Marcus Paige scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half as North Carolina took down the 11th-ranked Cats, writes Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.

- Less is turning out to be more for North Carolina, says Luke DeCock of the Observer.

- North Carolina’s players compared Kentucky and Louisville after beating both, writes Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

- Kentucky shows fight amid all the fouls, reports Tipton.

- Adam Himmelsbach of the Courier-Journal writes that Kentucky’s potential remains potential.

- Kentucky now 1-3 away from the friendly confines of Rupp Arena, reports Brett Dawson of Cats Illustrated.

- The players-first program needs a team-first attitude, says Eric Crawford of WDRB.

- The alarm bells are sounding, says Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

- “Overrated” Cats lose third consecutive game to marquee opponent, writes Nick Gray of the Kentucky Kernel.

- This Kentucky team is continually just close enough to lose, says David Schu of the Kernel.

- The new-look Heels are looking formidable, writes Jason King of Bleacher Report.

- Gary Parrish of CBS Sports writes that Calipari tells Cats either they change or keep losing.

- Short-handed Heels are finally figuring it out, says C.L. Brown of

- Missed free throws are universally evil, says James Pennington of KyForward.

- Tyler Thompson of KSR reports Calipari says “this is not a good team.”

- Epps filling in for injured Stallworth for UK women, writes Jennifer Smith of H-L.

- John Calipari after the loss:

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