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Highlights, MVP, and Twitter reactions as Cats edge Heels in an instant classic

Another war with the Tar Heels goes the Cats’ way for a signature victory.

Reed Sheppard. Adou Thiero. Dylan Ballard - A Sea Of Blue

The No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats fend off the No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels in an absolute nail-biter of a game, 87-83.

Spearheaded by the backcourt, Kentucky’s guards took over late in the game and got buckets when the team needed them, something that had been lacking for the last couple of seasons.

Aaron Bradshaw hit a late free throw to seal it up by four points, and that was all she wrote.

This is easily Kentucky’s biggest win of the young season.



My MVP of the game goes to DJ Wagner. I debated Aaron Bradshaw for the way he hung with Armando Bacot — not bad for a freshman — but DJ played a near-perfect game and scored when John Calipari needed him the most. I think it’s safe to say the loss to UNC-Wilmington would not have happened had Wagner played.

While Wagner had to go against RJ Davis all game, Davis was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points. He did do a solid job on fellow 5-star guard Elliot Cadeau whenever the two were matched up. Cadeau was held to just three points and had three turnovers.

Wagner finished the game with 14 points, just three shy of Rob, but stuffed the stat sheet with six rebounds and five assists in 35 minutes.

Also, shoutout to Adou Thiero and his game-high four blocks while coming off the bench now that Bradshaw is the starting 4. UNC had five as a team.

Can’t say enough for how big of a win this is and how desperately the program needed it.

Now, let’s go beat Louisville.

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