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Sunday Headlines: Monster Win vs. North Carolina Edition

This does so much for Kentucky.

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NCAA Basketball: CBS Sports Classic-North Carolina at Kentucky Jordan Godfree-USA TODAY Sports

What a win it was yesterday for the Kentucky Wildcats. North Carolina is a very good team that’s well coached and has several experienced players. Yesterday’s game in the CBS Sports Classic was a great spot for them to remind Kentucky of who has played in those games before, but the younger Wildcats were prepared and ready for the moment.

There were many things to be excited about in Kentucky’s 87-83 win, but the coaching of John Calipari has to be near the top. He’s been much more calm, cool and collected on the bench this year. He hasn’t immediately pulled his young players for a mistake here or there. Calipari is coaching his guys while also letting them run and learn how to play together.

You also have to be thrilled both Aaron Bradshaw and now Ugonna Onyenso were able to return in time for last night’s game. In games against teams with elite guards who like to attack the paint (RJ Davis) and big men who like to dominate the glass (Armando Bacot), Kentucky’s big men are going to provide a huge lift by being able to anchor defensively.

We’ve all seen Kentucky’s guards, how special they are and how deep the rotation goes. But to play poised and under control in such a high pressure game was wonderful to watch. Kentucky has a great mix of freakishly athletic guards who can finish at the rim combined with good long-distance shooters to keep opposing defenses from crowding the paint.

After the loss a couple of weeks ago to UNC-Wilmington, there was a slight concern that Kentucky wasn’t as good as they’d been made out to be following their win over Miami. But after taking down UNC, this win proves Kentucky can hang with anyone in the country.

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Clutch points from SGA last night.


Cats “grew up” With Balanced Win Over North Carolina - Vaught’s Views

Everyone played pretty well.

Purdue’s Fletcher Loyer, Braden Smith deliver as Arizona falls - ESPN

Another great game from yesterday.

John Calipari Has Plenty Of Buttons To Push This Season - Vaught’s Views

This has to be one of his better coaching jobs.

Aaron Rodgers likely to be medically cleared next week - ESPN

Looks like he’ll actually suit up.

Devin Leary Knows Plenty About Clemson Football - Vaught’s Views

UK’s bowl game won’t be an easy one.

Keegan Murray cans record 11 straight 3s in 47-point performance - ESPN

The definition of a heater.

Youth beats experience in UK’s heart-pounding win over UNC - KSR

So much young talent on this team.

Steelers’ DB ejected for vicious hit on Colts WR - USA Today

No place for this in football.