Previewing Kentucky

The two winningest programs in college basketball history will do battle on Saturday. Tip-off at Rupp Arena is scheduled for noon and will be nationally televised by CBS. [Pictured: UK leading scorer Gerald Fitch]

North Carolina (8-1) vs. Kentucky (8-1)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.
Noon, CBS (Verne Lundquist and Billy Packer)


"We're going to have to put together a complete game to beat North Carolina." -- Cliff Hawkins

"Both [Felton and Hawkins] are very similar. Raymond Felton is a very determined guy off the dribble. Cliff is the same way. They both can shoot. They both can play defense. It's going to be interesting." -- Gerald Fitch

"They know we're not big inside, that our best inside game is Chuck and Erik and if they can double us with big guys and make us kick it back out we've got some issues. We're not the best outside shooting team. We have to win with our aggressive defense, forcing turnovers and getting transition baskets. When people take that away from us we have trouble scoring." -- Tubby Smith

"I think that Erik Daniels and Chuck Hayes, you have got to do a good job on those guys inside. Chuck Hayes is one of my favorite college basketball players anywhere. We recruited him at Kansas. I just love the way he plays, his unselfishness. All the little things he does, he is like a coach on the floor, he is such a leader for them. The Daniels youngster, I watched last night a tape of the Austin Peay game and he was the player of the game. He does give them that scoring presence and the presence to block shots." -- Roy Williams

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   Cliff Hawkins (6-1, 187, G, Sr.) – 11.4 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.9 spg
   Gerald Fitch (6-3, 188, G, Sr.) – 17.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg
   Kelenna Azubuike (6-5, 208, G, So.) – 10.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 65% 3pt
   Erik Daniels (6-8, 214, F, Sr.) – 14.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg
   Chuck Hayes (6-6, 247, F, Jr.) – 11.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   Antwain Barbour (6-5, 195, G, Sr.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg
   Brandon Stockton (5-9, 167, G, So.) – 2.3 ppg
   Shagari Alleyne (7-3, 258, C, Fr.) – 1.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg
   Lukasz Obrzut (7-1, 257, C, Fr.) – 1.4 ppg, 0.9 rpg
   Bernard Cote (6-9, 235, F, So.) – 1.4 ppg

All-Time: Over the last two seasons, Kentucky has widened its lead over the Tar Heels in the record for all-time wins by a college basketball program. As it stands now, the Wildcats are 1,857-573-1 and the Tar Heels are 1,816-667. In the head-to-head history, Carolina leads 16-9, though UK has won the last three matchups.

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Hawkins ... Fitch

Hayes ... Daniels

Smith ... Azubuike

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