After Kentucky’s 14-point win over North Carolina, John Calipari admitted he was a little worried about how his team would react to the loss of Alex Poythress to an ACL injury this week.
Three quick things from UK’s 84-70 win over North Carolina:
North Carolina coach Roy Williams’ opening comments to media after his team’s 84-70 loss at No. 1-ranked Kentucky on Saturday.
We’re liveblogging the Saturday noon showdown between No. 1 Kentucky and No. 21 North Carolina at Rupp Arena. CBS has the action with Marv Albert on play-by-play and Greg Anthony doing color. First a few links to get you ready:
- Kentucky basketball roster
- North Carolina basketball roster
- Kentucky head coach John Calipari
- North Carolina coach Roy Williams
- Kentucky basketball team stats
- North Carolina basketball team stats
- Kentucky individual game-by-game
- North Carolina individual game-by-game
- New: Kentucky-North Carolina first half box
- New: Kentucky-North Carolina final box
Click the continue line for Saturday’s liveblog.
College basketball games on television Saturday:
- 11:00 – SC-Upstate at Maryland (Big 10)
- 12:00 – North Carolina at Kentucky (CBS)
- 12:00 – Wichita State at Detroit (ESPNU)
- 12:00 – Radford at Georgetown (Fox Sports 1)
- 12:00 – Stony Brook at Providence (Fox Sports Ohio)
- 1:00 – Morehead State at Ohio State (Big 10)
- 2:00 – St. Bonaventure at Pittsburgh (ESPNU)
- 2:00 – Dayton at Arkansas (ESPN2)
- 2:00 – Pepperdine at Arizona State (Pac-12)
- 2:30 – Oklahoma at Tulsa (CBS Sports)
- 3:00 – Nicholls State at Wisconsin (Big 10)
- 3:15 – Utah vs. Kansas (ESPN)
- 4:00 – Xavier at Missouri (ESPN2)
- 4:30 – Western Kentucky at Ole Miss (SEC)
- 5:00 – Grand Canyon at Indiana (Big 10)
- 5:15 – Michigan at Arizona (ESPN)
- 6:00 – Oklahoma State at Memphis (ESPN2)
- 6:00 – Northern Colorado at Colorado (Pac-12)
- 6:00 – Denver at Stanford (Pac-12)
- 7:00 – Northern Iowa at VCU (NBC Sports)
- 7:00 – Oregon at Illinois (Big 10)
- 7:00 – San Houston at LSU (SEC)
- 8:00 – Florida State at Notre Dame (ESPN2)
- 8:30 – Princeton at California (Pac-12)
- 9:00 – Cincinnati at Nebraska (Big 10)
- 9:00 – Purdue at Vanderbilt (SEC)
- 10:00 – Gonzaga at UCLA (ESPN2)
- 10:30 – Army at USC (Pac-12)
Big Blue Links for Saturday:
- Kentucky’s mood is blue before the battle of the blue bloods, says my column.
- Kentucky’s preparations for North Carolina after Poythress injury are a hard deal, reports Jerry Tipton of Herald-Leader.
- North Carolina facing a tall task at Rupp Arena, writes Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.
- Carolina facing a big barometer at Kentucky, writes C.L. Brown of espn.com.
- UK still in shock over Poythress injury, reports Kyle Tucker of Courier-Journal.
- Brett Dawson of Cats Illustrated writes it was a devastating day for the Cats after news of Poythress injury.
- Jon Hale of the Cats Pause on teammates reaction to losing Poythress for season.
- Kentucky women shake off another sluggish start to beat Middle Tennessee 78-62, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.
- Herald-Leader photo gallery from Kentucky-Middle Tennessee.
- This weekend is UK’s last shot with top running back prospect Damien Harris, reports Ben Roberts of Herald-Leader.
Mark Story, Jerry Tipton and myself sat down this week to discuss Saturday’s Kentucky-North Carolina matchup. Note: We did this before the Alex Poythress injury.
Three players to watch for North Carolina on Saturday:
Kennedy Meeks, the Heels’ 6-foot-9, 270-pound center, has bulled his way to five double-doubles this year after having just two all of last season. Meeks scored 12 points and snared 11 rebounds in UNC’s last game, a 108-64 over poor Jeff Lebo and East Carolina. Meeks scored 15 points and claimed 12 rebounds in UNC’s surprising home loss to Iowa and totaled 18 points and 13 rebounds in the team’s win over Florida in the final game of North Carolina’s 2-1 Bahamas trip.
Marcus Paige was tabbed as the ACC’s pre-season Player of the Year, but the point/shooting guard has struggled the first month of the season. The 6-1 junior from Iowa made just four of 16 shots in the loss to his home-state school. Paige missed nine of his 12 three-point attempts. Paige did score 21 points in the win over UCLA, but made just five of 17 shots in the game before, the loss to Butler. So far, Paige has made just 33 of 93 shots.
Brice Johnson is coming off his best game as a Tar Heel. The 6-9 junior scored 19 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds in the rout of ECU. Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds in the first half, the first Heel to reach a double-double in the first half since John Henson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Elon back in 2011.
In the wake of bad publicity North Carolina has received over its academic fraud scandals, Kentucky coach John Caliapri asked UK fans to be respectful when the two teams play Saturday at Rupp Arena.