LAS VEGAS, NEV. -- Isaiah Hicks has the reputation of a fouler. Saturday night his reputation preceded him.
"Yes, I was worried about fouling too much, but you still got to play defense," he said shrugging his shoulders.
With 17:08 left to play, Hicks had racked up four fouls and found himself watching 25 minutes of the UNC-UK classic from the sideline.
Roy Williams argued that Hicks's reputation has earned him undeserved bad breaks, but regardless of the cause, North Carolina is counting on big contributions from Hicks in 2016-17 and that's hard to do from the sideline.