#18 NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS (6-2)
DECEMBER 14, 2013 – 5:15 PM
DEAN E SMITH CENTER – CHAPEL HILL, NC
TV – ESPN
NORTH CAROLINA LEADS SERIES 22-13
12/3/2011: KENTUCKY 73 North Carolina 72
3/27/2011: KENTUCKY 76 North Carolina 69*
12/4/2010: North Carolina 75 KENTUCKY 73
12/5/2009: KENTUCKY 68 North Carolina 66
After a one year hiatus for scheduling reasons, the Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels rivalry is back. And it has John Calipari to thank for making it one of the best out of conference rivalries in college basketball. Before Calipari, the rivalry had turned one-sided, as the Tar Heels had won five games in a row and the Dean Dome encounters were all double-digit losses. Since Calipari arrived at Kentucky, there have been three nail biters and a battle for the Final Four. Even though Calipari is 3-1 against UNC, he has not been able to beat the Tar Heels at the Dean Dome. The Tar Heels have won four straight at home against UK.
To say that both teams need this game is an understatement. UNC has been a team of mystery with a convincing neutral court win over Louisville and a win at Michigan State. To off set that, they have lost at home to Belmont and on the road to UAB. So you can say this is a team that plays its best in the big game and that is what UK represents.
If North Carolina can beat Kentucky, they may be the only team ever to knock off the preseason #1, #2, and #3 team in the country before Christmas. I have our stat guy Corey Pice on it, but feel pretty safe in saying that has never happened. At least not recently.
That is why the play the games. Let’s meet the Tar Heels.