Wildcats defeat Tar Heels in CBS Sports Classic in Chicago

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 19 Kentucky Wildcats defeated No. 9 North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday night. The Wildcats won 80-72 over the Tar Heels in the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The Wildcats improved to 9-2 with the win. Kentucky has now won their last two games after suffering a loss to the Seton Hall Pirates on December 8th.

Kentucky Wildcats forward Keldon Johnson taking a jumper against the North Carolina Tar Heels
Keldon Johnson taking a jumper against the North Carolina Tar Heels (Photo by Quinn Foster | UK Athletics)

The Tar Heels fell to 8-3 with the loss. North Carolina had its two game win streak snapped with this defeat.

Two of their three losses have come to ranked teams. They lost to then-No. 7 Michigan Wolverines, 84-67, on November 28th.

The team also lost 92-89 to the Texas Longhorns on November 22nd.

Keldon Johnson led the Wildcats with 21 points. He also had two rebounds and three assists.

Johnson was one of four Kentucky players, who scored in double-figures. Reid Travis had 20, while Tyler Herro added 15, and PJ Washington contributed 11.

The Wildcats had six bench points. Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, and EJ Montgomery had two points each off the bench.

Cameron Johnson led the Tar Heels with 17 points. He also had four rebounds, two assists, and one steal.

Johnson was one of three North Carolina players, who scored in double-digits. Luke Maye scored 16, while Kenny Williams added 11.

The Tar Heels had 13 bench points. Seventh Woods led the bench with seven points. He also had one rebound, three assists, and one steal.

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