Dec 7, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige (5), forward Joel James (42), forward James Michael McAdoo (43), forward Brice Johnson (11), and forward Kennedy Meeks (3) sit on the bench against the NC-Greensboro Spartans at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. North Carolina won 81-50. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: 7 Degrees of North Carolina Tar Heels

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?

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