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UNC edges Wisconsin, sets stage for trip to UK

Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:47 pm
By Gary Parrish

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It wasn't pretty or sharp or even fast.

But it was a win.

And North Carolina needed a win.

So who cares that the Tar Heels looked sloppy and turned the ball over five more times than they recorded an assist? And who cares that the Tar Heels didn't look like a team worthy of all those preseason No. 1 votes they received last month? All that matters is that they escaped the ACC-Big Ten Challenge with a 60-57 victory over ninth-ranked Wisconsin here at the Dean Smith Center late Wednesday, which means UNC won't be at risk of a three-game losing streak as it enters Saturday's showdown at top-ranked Kentucky.

That's what last weekend's loss to UNLV did.

It put UNC in a position where one surprising defeat could easily turn into a three-game losing streak.

But that's now off the table.

It took 20 points from Harrison Barnes to get it off the table, but it's off the table. So now Roy Williams and all his pros will fly to Lexington to play John Calipari and all his pros, and it really should be terrific. No, it won't be the No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle of undefeated teams we thought we'd get when the game was announced this past offseason. Again, UNLV messed that up last weekend. But it'll still be a game featuring two of college basketball's great programs and who knows how many future lottery picks. And nobody will enter on a three-game losing streak.

At times on Wednesday, it looked like UNC might.

But that's now off the table.

So now the table for Saturday is set.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 5, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 2:18 am

UNC edges Wisconsin, sets stage for trip to UK

Wildcat81 - Now that was a well thought and intelligent observation. What has Calipari done to Big Blue?  You guys are becoming cocky Dook Fan clones.  When did you graduate from UK? One thing is clear as the Heels prepare for UK, they have played a far more difficult schedule consisting of diverse teams and will be more than ready for this match up.  Dismissing the Tar Heels is foolish and a clear lack of true basketball knowledge and analysis on your part.  I'm sure the real UK alumni are cringing at such baseless comments.  Take this advice... Save your senseless "hate" comments for Marist, PSU, ODU, Radford, Portland, Chattanooga, Samford, Loyola MD, Lamar, and UALR. 

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:40 am

UNC edges Wisconsin, sets stage for trip to UK

LOL. North carolina is worse than expected. Overrated and awfully bad. UK wins by double digits. Second half runaway!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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