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Talking points, numbers from Kentucky's win over North Carolina

Talking points, numbers from Kentucky's 84-70 win over North Carolina in Rupp Arena on Saturday:

TALKING POINTS

* North Carolina outrebounded UK, hit six of its 13 three-pointers and was beat convincingly.

* It was great to see a Rupp Arena game with teams running up and down the floor.

* Remember when North Carolina passed UK with the most wins in the 1990s? UK is now 31 up on the Tar Heels.

* John Calipari talked recently about how good his team would be if it started making outside shots. North Carolina got a taste of that.

* With top prospects rarely staying around for three years, it's fun to watch a player progress as much as Willie Cauley-Stein has.

NUMBERS DON'T LIE

* Prior to this game North Carolina opponents had made 14 of their last 86 three-pointers.

* Karl-Anthony Towns did not take a shot from the field.

* Coming into the game, Kentucky had made six of its last 42 three-pointers.

* Devin Booker had eight points in the first eight minutes. He had scored only nine in his previous three games.

* No opponent had shot over 40 percent against either team. Both were well over 50 percent in the first half

* Marcus Paige -- North Carolina's best player and scorer -- had one basket and two points in the first half.

* North Carolina grabbed nine of the first 12 rebounds.

* UK led by 15 at the half, but both teams had 15 field goals. UK had 10 more made free throws and five more made three-pointers.

* Kentucky did not block a shot in the first half.

UP NEXT

Kentucky and UCLA play Saturday in Chicago. The programs have a total of 19 NCAA titles. By the way, North Carolina beat UCLA 78-56 on Nov. 27. UK leads the series 6-4. The teams have not played since the 2006-07 season.

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