While the race to 2000 is important, it's going to take a backseat to what happens on the court Saturday when the Tarheels invade Rupp Arena.
"We are playing a team that is very talented, very big, very well coached and more experienced than us," said John Calipari. "We are not bigger, we are not more talented and we are inexperienced," he continued. "It will be a hard game for us to win," he finished.
Kentucky, though talented, has had their early season struggles. With an overtime victory over Stanford and a beater to win over Miami University, the Wildcats know they have to play their best game to date, to win.
"I think it is going to be a great game. It is going to be our first time really being challenged this year, but a great team that is coached by a great coach in Roy Williams," said John Wall. "They have a great freshman class that came in and a lot of people that came back from last year."
Kentucky will definitely have to up their defensive intensity in this contest. The Wildcats have given up 61 three pointers this season and average of 8.7 per game. North Carolina shoots the long ball at almost a 38 percent clip. North Carolina is also a problem on the inside with their skilled big men, Deon Thompson (17.3 points per game) and Ed Davis.
"Ed Davis may have been one of their best, if not the best player last year," said Calipari of the sophomore. "A lot of it is going to be matchups, and guys are being challenged. They have to play someone, and if they can't play them, I'll have to try someone else," Calipari finished.
Calipari believes the Wildcats know what they have to do to win. "I told them there are things you do prior to a big game and you make sure there are three or four things you know you are going to do well in that game. I talked to some of them about how they will specifically have to play."
In the end, it'll boil down to whether or not the Wildcats step up to the challenge. "It is just another basketball game, but on a bigger stage and a bigger level," said Wall. "It is going to be great competition for us to see where we are at and where we stand this season."
When: Saturday, December 5th, 2009 - 12:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky
Coverage: CBS (TV) & Big Blue Sports Network (Radio)
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