UNC-UK: Game Notes

CHAPEL HILL – Led by 25 points from Gerald Fitch and 20 each from Keith Bogans and Marquis Estill, Kentucky hammered North Carolina for the third consecutive time, 98-81, before a sellout crowd of 21,750 at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday.

Here is a look at some notes for UNC's second loss in seven games:

***With the loss, UNC fell to 16-9 all-time against UK.

***UNC's victories against Kentucky: 1923-24 (41-20); 1928-29 (26-15); 1931-32 (43-42); 1962-63 (68-66); 1964-65 (82-67); 1966-67 (64-55); 1967-68 (84-77); 1968-69 (87-77); 1972-73 (78-70); 1973-74 (101-84); 1975-76 (90-77); 1976-77 (79-72); 1981-82 (82-69); 1989-90 (121-110); 1990-91 (84-81); 1974-75 (74-61).

***UNC's losses to Kentucky: 1949-50 (86-44); 1959-60 (76-70); 1960-61 (70-65); 1963-64 (100-80); 1969-70 (94-87); 1974-75 (90-78); 2000-01 (93-76); 2001-02 (79-59); today.

***Former UNC coach Dean Smith was 13-3 against Kentucky, including a 6-2 record against UK legend Adolph Rupp.

***Carolina is 128-51 all-time against teams currently in the SEC.

***UNC's record against each current SEC team: Alabama (7-4); Auburn (3-0); Arkansas (3-3); Florida (3-2); Georgia (13-5); Kentucky (16-9); LSU (9-2); Ole Miss (1-1); Mississippi State (4-0); South Carolina (56-21); Tennessee (6-1); Vanderbilt (6-3).

***UNC and Kentucky are the two winningest schools in college basketball history. With UNC's 98-81 loss today, the Wildcats have 1,821 wins and UNC still has 1,794.

***UNC took the lead in all-time wins during the 1989-90 season with a win over Old Dominion. Carolina held the advantage until UK passed UNC by in 1996 with a win over Wake Forest in the Midwest regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament that March.

***The Tar Heels and Wildcats have met twice in NCAA tournament play, with UNC winning both times, 79-72 in the East Region Finals at College Park, Md., in 1977, and 74-61 in the Southeast Region Finals at Birmingham in 1995.

***UNC's Final Four appearances: 1946, 1957, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000).

***UK's Final Four appearances: 1942, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1966, 1975, 1978, 1984, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998.

***UNC's NCAA titles: 1957, 1982, 1993.

***UK's NCAA titles: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998.

***Kentucky entered the game having won two straight from UNC. Last year the Wildcats routed the turnover-prone Tar Heels, 79-59, at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The season before UK defeated Carolina 93-76 at the Smith Center. Incidentally, that was UNC's last loss until it fell at Clemson in February. The Heels started an 18-game winning streak two days later with a home victory over Miami (Fla.).

***This is the third game in a four-year, four-game home-and-home series. The Tar Heels will travel to Lexington next year to face the Wildcats.

***This is Carolina's youngest team ever. UNC has just nine players on basketball scholarship. Five are freshmen, three are sophomore and one is a senior. UNC also has a senior who is on Morehead Scholarship and a freshman who is walking on this year, but will be on scholarship next season. UNC wasn't able to offer David Noel a basketball scholarship this year because there reached their limit regarding the 5/8 rule, meaning a school can't sign more than five players in one year and eight over a two year stretch.

***Over the first 49 years of ACC basketball, UNC has averaged eight juniors and seniors its preseason rosters. Prior to this year the fewest number of juniors and seniors on a roster was four, which was in the 1990-91 season when UNC had three senior starters (Rick Fox, King Rice, Pete Chilcut) and junior starter Hubert Davis.

***According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Carolina is the youngest team in the nation.

***UNC started three freshmen in the opening game this season for the first time ever. Tonight's starting lineup: Sophomores Jackie Manuel and Jawad Williams and freshmen McCants, Felton and May.

****Scott and Manuel were the first freshmen to start in backcourt together last year.

***Jawad Williams was the 17th freshman to ever start his first game for UNC last year. That number is now up to 20.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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