UK Kentucky Wildcats 80
Kentucky Wildcats Kentucky Overall (9-2)
ATS (6-4)
O/U (5-5)
December 22 2018
- CBS
UNC North Carolina Tar Heels 72
North Carolina Tar Heels North Carolina Overall (8-3)
ATS (5-3-2)
O/U (7-3)
Final
Money Line Total: 169 Spread ATS
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689 Kentucky Wildcats -150 Under -110 (-2.5) -110 Cover: 5.5
4040
690 North Carolina Tar Heels +130 Over -110 (+2.5) -110 UNDER: 152
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Final
Money Line Total: 169 Spread ATS
689 UK -150 Under: -110 (-2.5) -110 Cover: 5.5
690 UNC +130 Over: -110 (+2.5) -110 UNDER: 152
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-110
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-110
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-110
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-110
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168
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166
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166
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Recap

CHICAGO (AP) — John Calipari sees No. 19 Kentucky rounding into form. Beating North Carolina sure is a good way to drive home that point.

Keldon Johnson scored 21 points and Reid Travis added 20 to lead the Wildcats to an 80-72 victory over the ninth-ranked Tar Heels in a matchup between two of college basketball's winningest programs on Saturday.

Johnson scored 16 in the second half, helping Kentucky (9-2) hold off North Carolina (8-3) in their first meeting since the 2017 NCAA South Regional final. The Tar Heels won that game on a last-second jumper by Luke Maye en route to their sixth NCAA title.

This time, Johnson came on strong down the stretch after Travis got off to a scorching start.

"We're not the same team we were two weeks ago," Calipari said. "It's not even close. And hopefully two weeks from now, we're not gonna be the same team we are today."

Johnson hit three 3-pointers in the second half and made 4 of 7 from beyond the arc overall. Travis dominated down low in the early going, scoring 16 as the Wildcats grabbed a 40-31 halftime lead.

Tyler Herro scored 15. PJ Washington added 11 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high eight assists. Ashton Hagans contributed a personal-best eight steals, and Kentucky won its second in a row since an overtime loss to Seton Hall at Madison Square Garden. The other defeat was a season-opening blowout by Duke in Indianapolis.

"If we had won (the Seton Hall) game, we wouldn't have all this craziness," Calipari said. "But this is Kentucky. Good luck. ... We have the greatest fans in the country, we do. But they also want to win every game by 25."

The Wildcats probably wouldn't mind that, either. But they'll take a tight win over one of the nation's best teams.

"I don't think either team played exceptionally well but John's club played better, (they were) better prepared and it's a little frustrating for us right now," coach Roy Williams said.

Cameron Johnson led North Carolina with 17 points. Maye scored 16 for the Tar Heels, who knocked off then-No. 4 Gonzaga one week earlier. This was their first game since the school announced an eight-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season for its Hall of Fame coach.

"We have to do a better job of holding our team accountable and coming back off a big win with the mindset that we've got to get another one," Maye said. "We just didn't come in and do that today."

Kentucky was leading 66-55 with just under eight minutes to go after Keldon Johnson nailed 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions.

North Carolina then cut the lead to six, but two steals by Hagans helped bump it back up to 11. The first led to a 3 by Washington, and Hagans then scored on a breakaway layup off another steal to make it 71-60 with 5:50 left.

"I'm putting the ball in his hands and he's making the right plays," Calipari said. "He's making the game easy for everybody now. He did jog it up a little bit today and I got on him, but the reality of it is it's kind of like a pressing team; you press a pressing team. And if a team is a speed team you go right back at 'em with speed. Which is what we were trying to do today."

BIG PICTURE

North Carolina: The Tar Heels will have to do a better job on the glass and hanging onto the ball. They got outrebounded 44-33 and committed 18 turnovers, leading to 23 points. North Carolina coughed it up 22 times against Gonzaga.

Kentucky: The Wildcats came away with the win despite committing 18 turnovers and making just 9 of 26 3-pointers.

QUOTABLE

"He's just a great coach. He's got a lot of great ideas for the program. And he's gonna continue to do a great job." — Maye on Williams' extension.

UP NEXT

North Carolina: Hosts Davidson on Dec. 29.

Kentucky: Visits Louisville on Dec. 29.

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This story has been corrected to change Johnson's point total to 21 instead of 23 because of an official scoring error.

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More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25

Matchup
Wildcats Overall
W/L 9-2
ATS 6-4
Pts For 84.2
Pts Against 70.5
Total 5-5
Wildcats Away
W/L 1-0
ATS 1-0
Pts For 80.0
Pts Against 72.0
Total 0-1
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
4:30 PM
at North Carolina W 80-72 W (-2.5) U (169)
12-15
4:00 PM
Utah W 88-61 W (-15.5) O (138.5)
12-8
11:00 AM
Seton Hall L 84-83 W (7) O (143)
12-1
12:00 PM
UNC Greensboro W 78-61 W (-12.5) U (151.5)
11-28
7:30 PM
Monmouth W 90-44 W (-26.5) U (146)
11-23
6:00 PM
Tennessee State W 77-62 L (-28.5) U (153.5)
11-21
12:00 PM
Winthrop W 87-74
11-18
5:00 PM
Virginia Military W 92-82 L (-34) O (152.5)
11-14
8:00 PM
North Dakota W 96-58 W (-26) O (153.5)
11-9
6:00 PM
Southern Illinois W 71-59 L (-18.5) U (149)
Avg. Points For 84.2
Avg. Points Against 65.7
ATS 6-3
Over/Under 4-5
Tar Heels Overall
W/L 8-3
ATS 5-3-2
Pts For 92.3
Pts Against 75.7
Total 7-3
Tar Heels Home
W/L 6-2
ATS 3-2-2
Pts For 94.3
Pts Against 76.9
Total 5-2
Last 10 Games
Date Opponent Result ATS O/U
12-22
4:30 PM
Kentucky L 80-72 L (2.5) U (169)
12-15
6:00 PM
Gonzaga W 103-90 W (-3.5) O (174)
12-5
8:00 PM
UNCW W 97-69 T (-28) U (170.5)
11-28
8:30 PM
at Michigan L 84-67 L (3.5) O (147)
11-23
3:00 PM
UCLA W 94-78 W (10.5) O (169)
11-22
6:30 PM
Texas L 92-89 L (-9) O (155.5)
11-19
7:00 PM
St. Francis (PA) W 101-76
11-16
6:00 PM
Tennessee Tech W 108-58 W (-35.5) O (157.5)
11-12
6:00 PM
Stanford W 90-72 T (-18) O (158.5)
11-9
6:00 PM
at Elon W 116-67 W (-17.5) O (151)
Avg. Points For 93.7
Avg. Points Against 76.6
ATS 4-3-2
Over/Under 7-2
Scoring
Kentucky
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Keldon Johnson (F) 23:007-11 63.6%4-7 57.1%3-4 75%0333015921
Reid Travis (F) 38:006-15 40%1-4 25%7-11 63.6%37302121120
Tyler Herro (G) 36:006-17 35.3%3-8 37.5%0-1 0%1451032715
PJ Washington (F) 30:005-9 55.6%1-3 33.3%0-0 0%31080222511
Ashton Hagans (G) 31:002-6 33.3%0-0 0%3-4 75%143815377
Immanuel Quickley (G) 15:000-1 0%0-1 0%2-2 100%031013222
Nick Richards (F) 10:001-2 50%0-0 0%0-0 0%160010112
EJ Montgomery (F) 2:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%110001112
Jemarl Baker Jr. (G) 15:000-3 0%0-3 0%0-0 0%011011020
Brad Calipari (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Jonny David (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Zan Payne (G-F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
North Carolina
NameMinFG3 PTFTOff RebRebAstStlBlkTOFouls+/-PTS
Cameron Johnson (G) 30:006-10 60%2-4 50%3-4 75%0421051-417
Luke Maye (F) 33:006-13 46.2%3-5 60%1-2 50%1612124-716
Kenny Williams (G) 27:004-10 40%1-2 50%2-4 50%1651013411
Coby White (G) 30:003-10 30%1-4 25%1-2 50%0221042-58
Garrison Brooks (F) 19:003-3 100%0-0 0%1-1 100%2821034-57
Seventh Woods (G) 15:002-4 50%0-0 0%3-3 100%0131023-47
Nassir Little (F) 14:002-8 25%0-2 0%0-0 0%0120111-94
Sterling Manley (F) 10:001-1 100%0-0 0%0-0 0%130010112
Rechon 'Leaky' Black (G) 10:000-2 0%0-1 0%0-0 0%0210000-90
Brandon Robinson (G) 7:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0001000-70
Brandon Huffman (F) 3:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000010
Andrew Platek (G) 2:000-1 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%0000000-10
Caleb Ellis (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Ryan McAdoo (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Walker Miller (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
Shea Rush (F) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
K.J. Smith (G) 00:000-0 0%0-0 0%0-0 0%000000000
1st Half
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12/22/2018
10:18 AM
UNC(-1.5)
-110
UK
-110
12/22/2018
10:15 AM
UNC(-1.5)
-110
UK
-110
12/22/2018
10:15 AM
UNC(-1.5)
-110
UK
-110
12/22/2018
10:03 AM
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-110
UK
-110
Total
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12/22/2018
10:18 AM
80½
-110
80½
-110
12/22/2018
10:15 AM
79½
-110
79½
-110
12/22/2018
10:15 AM
80½
-110
80½
-110
12/22/2018
10:03 AM
79½
-110
79½
-110
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12/22/2018
5:39 PM
UNC(-4)
-120
UK
EVEN
12/22/2018
5:27 PM
UNC(-4)
-110
UK
-110
Total
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12/22/2018
5:39 PM
87½
-110
87½
-110
12/22/2018
5:27 PM
87½
-110
87½
-110