BBL: Short-handed North Carolina betters Kentucky

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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 espn.com.

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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