Kentucky Sports

Thumbs up/Thumbs down: How Kentucky beat North Carolina

Recapping Kentucky's 84-70 victory over North Carolina in Rupp Arena on Saturday:


With Alex Poythress sidelined for the year, freshman Trey Lyles moved into the starting lineup. Unlike most UK opponents, North Carolina came in intent on running with the Cats -- making this one entertaining from the outset. Both teams came in with defense as a trademark but it was the offenses that sizzled. UK found its missing shooting outside touch, and three Aaron Harrison three-pointers put the Cats up 49-34 at halftime. Carolina showed some fight -- getting within nine -- but UK had too much firepower.


* Tyler Ulis is a difference-maker for UK. There can't too many freshman point guards that are better.

* Without a lot of notice, Marcus Lee had an impact off the bench.

* Willie Cauley-Stein just keeps getting better.

* Kentucky found its shooting touch. The Cats shot 56 percent from the field, made seven of 15 three pointers and was 23-for-31 from the foul line.


* A trouble spot last year -- transition defense -- returned at times.

* Surprised UK has been outrebounded twice in recent games.