Battle of the Heavyweights: No. 5 UNC at No. 1 Kentucky
No. 5 UNC takes on No.1 Kentucky at Rupp Arena in the best game of a young college basketball season that has featured some good ones so far.
NBA Scouts should be drooling at the NBA potential on the court for both teams. For Kentucky, Super Soph Terrance Jones is averaging 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds, Soph Doron Lamb is averaging 14.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, Freshman Anthony Davis is averaging 13 points and 9.1 rebounds, and Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds. Davis and Jones could be top 5 picks after this season and Kidd-Gilchrist, Lamb, Marquis Teague, and Kyle Wiltjer are all part of what has UK ranked as the best team in the country right now.
UNC, who held the No. 1 spot before their slip up in Vegas to the Runnin’ Rebs, has NBA talent all up and down the roster. They bounced back by beating Wisconsin at home. Sophomore Harrison Barnes is averaging 17.7 points and 4.6 rebounds and is a candidate to be the top pick in the next draft. Lengthy Junior John Henson is averaging 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds, Big man Tyler Zeller is averaging 13.3 points and 7.1 rebounds, and Dexter Strickland is averaging 8.4 points. That doesn’t even cover all their NBA talent PJ Hairston, James Michael McAdoo, Kendall Marshall, and Reggie Bullock all have NBA talent.
Kentucky has one of the best home court advantages in the country. Freshman Anthony Davis has been outstanding in the last game they played, a blowout win over an over matched St Johns team, ‘the unibrow’ had 15 points 15 rebounds and eight blocks. That’s a monster game and it will be up to Henson to contain him, who is a beast on the defensive end. Barnes vs Jones is a head to head matchup of two of the premier guys in the country. Barnes will finesse you with his sweet jumper and all-around solid game while Jones will use his athletic supremacy and ability to get to the rim to put points on the board for the Cats.
This is a can’t miss college basketball game and it could end up going either way. If I had to pick, I would give the edge to Kentucky because of the home-court but I still believe that North Carolina has the most superior talent and depth in all of college basketball. Not to mention the battle on the sidelines, Coach Cal vs Roy Williams. This game could be a National Championship preview in the making.