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UK/UNC: Five Numbers You Need to Know

Mark Zerof | USA Today Sports

Mark Zerof | USA Today Sports

1. Side-by-Side Rankings

In the AP Poll they are arranged 6/7.  In the Coaches Poll they are ranked 7/6.

2. A Pair of Efficient Teams

KenPom also has the two side-by-side in offensive efficiency; Kentucky is No. 8 and North Carolina is No. 9.  In defensive efficiency, the Cats are ranked third and UNC is seventh.  The only other team in the country that’s in the top ten of each is Kansas.

3. Even More Similar

Calipari has raved about UNC’s rebounding, but they aren’t too far apart, in fact, they aren’t far apart in any statistical category.


4. Kentucky Scores in Transition

There are few things that set these two teams apart, except this shocking statistic.  Kentucky’s three guards are the top three scorers in transition in the NCAA.



5. North Carolina Leads the Series

North Carolina is 23-14 against Kentucky.  Roy Williams has won and lost eight games apiece against the Cats.  John Calipari is 5-2 against the Tar Heels at Kentucky.  The 2011 Final Four team lost early in the season by two in Chapel Hill and the 2014 National Runner-Ups lost by five in the Dean Dome.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR