Your #11 Kentucky Wildcats (8-2) will face the #18 North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2) this coming Saturday in the Dean E. Smith Center of Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5:15 ET.
Kentucky is 15-11 all time against teams ranked #18 but 43-8 all-time when the Cats are ranked #11… so good to hear we’re #11.
Instead of figuring out how these storied programs which make up two of the three winningest programs in college sports come together, lets take a look at how they compare in the most sought after stats in the college record books in tonight’s 7 degrees of the North Carolina Tar Heels.
- One-on-One: North Carolina is 22-13 against the Wildcats all-time, including 6-3 in their last nine games against Kentucky.
- Games Played: North Carolina has played more games (2843) than Kentucky (2782), despite Kentucky having 7 more seasons (110) than North Carolina (103).
- Most Victories: Kentucky has managed more victories (2119 – 1st) than North Carolina (2096 – 3rd) so who really cares if a few more games against YMCA – Asheville occurred during the 1920′s?
- Winning Percentage: Kentucky has the highest winning percentage of all Division 1 schools (.762) while North Carolina is 2nd (.737).
- Final Fours: North Carolina has 18 (1st all-time) Final Four appearances to Kentucky’s 15 (tied for 3rd all-time).
- Runners Up: North Carolina has finished 2nd four times. Kentucky has 3 runners-up titles.
- Championships: While North Carolina has managed to get to the Final Four more often, Kentucky has managed more Championships (8 – 2nd all-time to UCLA) while North Carolina has 5 (tied for 3rd all-time).
Your bonus stat
- NBA Players: Kentucky has 21 former players on NBA teams, one more than last year and the most from one school on opening-day rosters in the last 27 years ago. North Carolina is second on the list tied with Duke, with 15 former players on NBA teams.
Obviously, I know who wins this matchup on historical paper… but who do you have as the greatest program?