Fast Break: How North Carolina beat Kentucky

December 14, 2013 

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison (2) got caught in the air as North Carolina Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks (3) got a hand on the shot as #18 North Carolina defeated #11 Kentucky 82-77 on Saturday December 14, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC. Photos by Mark Cornelison | Staff

Notes and numbers from Kentucky's 82-77 loss to North Carolina on Saturday in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Talking points

Aaron Harrison's five quick points put UK up 7-4 but he had to sit with two fouls less than four minutes into the game. UK's defense (including some zone) was good early, but offensively it struggled. UK led the first 14:28 but ran into foul trouble. Carolina led 30-25 but UK tied it 30-30 before John Calipari got a technical with 1.9 seconds left in the half, and Carolina led 33-30. UK came out the aggressor in the second half, led by the Harrison twins. Then the defense let up, UK got sloppy with the ball, and Julius Randle could not get going. Carolina stayed in control. UK — now 0-3 against ranked teams — never got closer than three points down the stretch.

Telling numbers

■ James Young, Randle and Andrew Harrison were a combined 9-for-30 from the field.

■ The teams made only six of 19 three-pointers.

■ First 29 minutes: Randle had four points and four turnovers.

■ The first seven fouls of the second half were called on Carolina.

■ Kentucky turned it over 10 times in the first half.

■ Aaron Harrison, Randle and Young all had two fouls less than 13 minutes into the game. In the first half, five Cats had at least two. Willie Cauley-Stein picked up his third with 1.9 seconds left in the half.

■ Carolina's leading scorer, Marcus Paige, did not make a field goal in the first half.

■ UK outrebounded Carolina 25-14 in the first half.

Thumbs up

■ Aaron Harrison missed only four shots and scored 20 points, with only one turnover.

■ Kentucky was strong on the boards.

Thumbs down

■ Take care of the ball and Kentucky wins. This team does not pass the ball well.

■ Free throw shooting. The teams combined to hit 55 of 88.

■ Is Kentucky better now than when it opened the season and there was all that silly 40-0 talk?

■ For UK to win, they have to get Julius Randle going.

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