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Talented Wildcats notch first big win of the season - Dec 26, 2018


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CHICAGO -- Kentucky started the 2018-19 season at No. 2 in the preseason AP Poll. Since then, it's been a team in search of itself and without a marquee victory.
On its way to winning eight of its first 10 games, UK failed in its two toughest tests, embarrassingly losing by 34 to Duke in the season-opener and falling by one at Madison Square Garden, in overtime, to Seton Hall.
Saturday's tilt vs. No. 9 UNC in the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center was significant. And now, Kentucky fans can finally celebrate thanks to their team picking up its first truly notable victory of the season. The 19th-ranked Wildcats were terrific, even in spite of foul trouble, and took out UNC 80-72. Kentucky's win might prove to be especially important with a game at rival Louisville next Saturday.
"It's amazing, because we had the ball up three with 1:30 to go in New York (against Seton Hall) and somehow gave that game away," UK coach John Calipari said in his postgame press conference. "If we had won that game, we wouldn't have all this craziness, but this is Kentucky. Good luck."
So many Wildcats showed well. Freshman Keldon Johnson had 23 points, grad transfer Reid Travis had 20 (and 11 boards) and Tyler Herro added 15. And defensively, Ashton Hagans made a mess of UNC's backcourt, notably freshman Coby White, with seven steals. Hagans also had three blocks.

It's Kentucky's third win in its past four games -- and its fifth in the last seven -- against the Tar Heels (8-3). At least for now, any broad worries about Kentucky (9-2) and its credentials to make another strong showing in March can be put to the side.
For Carolina, which was fresh off a win last Saturday against then-No. 1 Gonzaga, it's a comedown. UNC may well be the best three-loss team in college basketball at the moment, but it's also 3-3 in the six toughest games it's played. The Heels have a road win against trendy mid-major Wofford, plus a neutral-court win over slumping UCLA in addition to the Gonzaga win.
The losses have come against Texas (in Las Vegas), at Michigan State and vs. Kentucky in Chicago.
"Hope everybody has a better Christmas than I'm going to have," UNC coach Roy Williams said. "Mine's not going to be as smooth as I would like for it to be."

So there's still mystery and concern with a team that could prove to be top-five offensively ... and sub-par defensively. At this stage, it's clear that UNC has its problems on that end of the floor. It defeated Gonzaga, yes, but mostly by outscoring the Bulldogs and doing so with the benefit of the game being played in Chapel Hill.
On Saturday, Kentucky's bigs were too much. North Carolina isn't exceptional in the frontcourt; it can't handle teams like UK who can throw two or three power forward and centers into the paint. Garrison Brooks handles much of the load, but he only gets some help in there from Luke Maye and Cam Johnson, neither of whom are high-level interior defenders. Johnson, who is right there with White as North Carolina's most valuable player through the first 11 games of the season, had 17 points. Maye added 16.
"I think the defensive intensity is something that's got to go up, the defensive brain has got to get better," Williams said. "There's too many missed assignments, and we actually, one time on a time-out, a dead-ball situation, I called a trap and we didn't even get the trap and it was a veteran team in there at the time. It wasn't -- can't blame it on Nassir or Leaky (Black) or Coby. It was a veteran team in there and we're getting a double-team. Got to use your heart, just got to care more about it, that name on the front of the jersey, take care of it, got to use our brain a little more, concentration."
This lingering problem also hurt UNC on the offensive boards. The Tar Heels managed only five second-chance opportunities, which killed the team's prospects in the second half. UNC made attempts at closing Kentucky's gap, only to miss 57 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes.

North Carolina's almost certainly going to play its way to a good seed by outscoring a lot of teams. But Saturday's game did offer a clear window into how this group has defensive deficiencies that will likely prove fatal. If Carolina's destined to be booted from the NCAA Tournament by a tough team with strong guards who can force the Heels into a lot of mistakes, at least UNC will be entertaining along the way.
"I think playing the better teams tells you more about your team," Williams said. "I love having a tough game every game. Every now and then it's okay to win easy, but I still think you get better preparation playing a tough schedule and playing on the road and playing different places."
You can't say UNC hasn't been tested. In fact, that's why the Tar Heels still rate as a top-10 team across multiple metrics despite having three losses in their first 11 games.
Fixing the defensive end of the floor will become the focal point for Williams and the Heels as they turn not to ACC play, but two more games in nonconference before league action starts in early January. Next up is a home game on Dec. 29. The opponent? The 9-3 Davidson Wildcats and their coach, Bob McKillop, who's considered one of the elite offensive minds in college basketball.

So you understand why Williams isn't going to enjoy Christmas to its fullest.
  



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