1. The Cats are a good Underdog. For the second straight game, Vegas made the Cats the underdog. UCLA was a one-point favorite Friday; today the Tar Heels are 2.5-point favorites. Kentucky has won four straight NCAA Tournament games as the underdog, undefeated under Coach Cal. Billy Gillispie was a six-point dog when the Patrick Patterson-less Cats lost to Marquette in the 2008 Tournament.
2. Ref Probe. Normally I hate to share the names of referees. A zebra is a zebra and the stripe-shirts usually mean I don’t like them, no matter what. However, one referee today stands out in awfulness.
John Higgins has reffed eight Kentucky games. One of those games was the “1” in 38-1. But wait, it gets worse. One technical foul has been called in every UK game Higgins has worked. The last “T” he threw at Calipari was this year against Vanderbilt. His co-workers today are Keith Kimble and Mike Reed.
3. Avoid 80. North Carolina is 24-2 when they score 80 points or more. A team that averages 85.2 points per game (the same as Kentucky), only two teams that have gone toe-to-toe with Tar Heels offense and lived to tell about it: Kentucky and Duke.