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Saturday Quickies: UNC Gameday Edition

The Wildcats take on the Tarheels in need of a big victory

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-South Regional-Kentucky vs North Carolina Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a week since we’ve seen Kentucky take to the hardwood, but that ends today as Kentucky takes the floor against the North Carolina Tarheels, looking for their first significant victory of the season.

Kentucky will look to build off of a strong showing last week in their matchup with Utah, except this time the Wildcats leave the friendly confines of Rupp Arena to travel to Chicago to take on the Tar Heels, who are coming off of a dominant showing against a top 5 Gonzaga team.

If Kentucky can pick up a victory, it will give them some much-needed momentum going into the rivalry game against Louisville and then into the conference slate in a year in which the SEC looks to be solid throughout.

A loss will mean another missed opportunity to pick up a marquee victory when it comes to seeding purposes in the NCAA Tournament, but also could further damage the psyche of this team moving into a difficult stretch of the season.

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If that doesn’t get you hyped up, check your pulse.


How Kentucky and UNC match up - Herald Leader

The Tar Heels probably have a slight edge, but the matchups are close.

Quickley accepting his flaws despite perfectionism - Cats Pause

Calipari said trying to be perfect puts Quickley “on his heels.”

UK-UNC will be speed vs. speed - Herald Leader

Both teams like to play fast, but Kentucky could slow the game down to try to throw the Tar Heels out of rhythm.

UNC game will show just how much Kentucky has improved - Courier Journal

Today will be a good measuring tool to see where the team is.

Three stats to predict UK-UNC - NCAA . com

Kentucky’s offensive rebounding versus UNC’s defensive rebounding will be a matchup to watch.

Kentucky looking to get right with UNC matchup - ESPN

A national take on today’s game.

Dontaie Allen’s latest stat line is absurd - Kentucky Sports Radio

Another 50+ point night for the Kentucky signee, but he’s doing more than just scoring.

Derek Anderson now coaching at Male - Courier Journal

Cool to see the former Cat getting into coaching.

Remembering Jim Proffitt and the era of Bear Bryant - Kentucky Sports Radio

A neat look back by Jim’s grandson.

Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig coming to Cincinnati - ESPN

Big trade for the Reds.

Le’Veon Bell eyeing Colts in free agency - Yahoo

The Raiders, Eagles, Buccaneers, and Ravens are also potential options for the star running back.

What NFL rule would you change? - Yahoo

Hmmm... so many options...

The top NFL storylines of 2019 - Sports Illustrated

A lot of legends in the league are reaching the end of their careers.

Urban Meyer to teach “Character and Leadership” class at OSU - Yahoo

“Headlines that sound like they come from the Onion for $200”

A look back at the Markelle Fultz timeline - The Ringer

Please don’t tell me I’m the only one that finds this saga fascinating.

Supermax won’t factor into Anthony Davis contract negotiations - Bleacher Report

It sounds like Davis wants to land with a title contender, even if it means taking a massive paycut.