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Thumbs up/Thumbs down: How Kentucky beat North Carolina

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

GAME SUMMARY

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.

THUMBS UP

* 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.

THUMBS DOWN

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

* Surprised UK has been outrebounded twice in recent games.

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