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"During a game in which Kentucky (4-1) never led and never really threatened, Carolina (6-1) showed why swingman Rashad McCants is already mentioning St. Louis -- the site of the Final Four -- in his postgame comments."
Tar Heels hold off wildcats
The News-Observer

"Sean May isn't built like a runner, but the 6-foot-9, 260-pound center was filling the fastbreak lanes Saturday in the Smith Center. So were Jawad Williams, Rashad McCants and David Noel, to name a few more. After experiencing transition trouble in Wednesday's 70-63 win over Indiana, the Tar Heels were running again, pushing the pace at every turn in disposing of No. 8 Kentucky, 91-78."
May, Tar Heels stay on the move
The News-Observer

"Just about everybody at North Carolina seemed to have Kentucky on their minds because of some recent poor showings, but Rashad McCants claims he was among the exceptions."
Tar Heels break skid vs wildcats
The Fayetteville Observer

"Fifteen days is long enough to make an educated and somewhat definitive judgment about Carolina, especially when they include seven games played in four different times zones with the conclusion coming against Kentucky at the Smith Center."
UNC looks special in early going
The Fayetteville Observer

"Raise your hand if you've ever beaten Kentucky. Those were coach Roy Williams' instructions at the end of North Carolina's basketball practice Friday. It was a sobering experience when only the five coaches raised their hands. Williams told the players they needed to change the direction of the series, and they took his words to heart Saturday in a 91-78 victory at the Smith Center."
Hands down, UNC relishes this victory
The Charlotte Observer

"Nothing was working for Sean May in the post. He made just two field goals Wednesday at Indiana and one in the first half Saturday against Kentucky. When May got the ball, 7-foot-3 Kentucky center Shagari Alleyne was reaching up to incredible heights to block May's shot. So May found another way to score in the second half, when he helped No. 9 North Carolina extinguish No. 8 Kentucky's comeback hopes in a 91-78 victory at the Smith Center."
May discovers right stuff
The Charlotte Observer

"We were embarrassed by our performance last year," said McCants, who scored just four points at Rupp Arena in a 61- 56 loss and was benched for his indifferent play by coach Roy Williams."
Wildcats can't stop McCants this year
The Asheville Citizen-Times

"Rashad McCants wasn't thinking about last year at Kentucky. Jawad Williams said last year was last year. And Sean May was thinking more about his last game than North Carolina's Jan. 3 defeat at Rupp Arena."
About-face for Heels
The Durham Herald-Sun

"Don't bother asking if the No. 9 Tar Heels are good. Ask how good. Put it like this, UNC has played seven games in 15 days. They might have lost to Santa Clara, raising eyebrows among the college basketball gurus, but there are already some obvious trademarks about Williams' team."
This Year's Heels fun to watch
The Durham Herald-Sun

"Although December TV showcases never determine championships, this showdown had more big-picture angles than a Roy Williams pep talk. In the endless scrimmage between the two schools with the most all-time victories, Carolina passed probation-riddled Kentucky in 1990 and secured Dean Smith's second national title in 1993."
Psychology: Players join coaches with win over Wildcats
The Winston-Salem Journal

"December logic will soon give way to the reality of January, when the Heels turn to the ACC, and the ACC turns on itself. Only then will we know the real story. But the trendy premise now is that the national champion will be an ACC team. The plot Saturday contained no intrigue and just two conclusions. It's only December, but Carolina's for real"
Ed Hardin: Must-see TV: UNC is for real
The Greensboro News-Record

"The first rule of Raymond Felton's playground: Don't make him mad."
Relentless Tar Heels sprint past Kentucky
The Greensboro News-Record

"Just one year ago, Rupp Arena witnessed a paranormal extravaganza. Miraculously, the personage of Rashad McCants vaporized in front of 23,014 fans."
The Lexington(ky) Herald-Leader

"Kentucky lacked North Carolina's experience, home-court advantage and dig-in-the-Heels refusal to lose a fifth straight time to one of its few blueblooded brethren."
The Lexington(ky) Herald-Leader

"Initiation Day concluded with the older guys raising their arms to provoke adoration and the younger guys walking away, heads lowered, shirts and egos untucked. The majority of the 21,750 fans screamed and clapped as the established college basketball stars sashayed. The emerging prodigies plodded into the background."
Young Wildcats receive the spanking on Initiation Day
The Louisville Courier-Journal

"If Marcus Ginyard didn't already have a sense of what life's going to be like playing big-time basketball next year, he's got a pretty good idea now."
Ginyard Has the Goods, Attitude
The Washington Post

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