12:30 PM ET, December 5, 2009
Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- John Wall wasn't going to let anything stop him from playing North Carolina, not even the superstar point guard's biggest fear: needles.The Kentucky freshman bounced back from a bout with dehydration and a queasy encounter with an IV drip to finish with 16 points -- including the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left -- to lift the Wildcats (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 5 AP) to a 68-66 victory over the Tar Heels (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 10 AP) on Saturday.
• The Wildcats are 8-0 for the first time since 1992-93, picking up only their second win in 10 against ranked teams.
• Kentucky freshman John Wall scored 16 points with seven assists and has at least 12 points and five assists in every game this season. His output was tempered by seven turnovers.
• Patrick Patterson led the Wildcats with 19 points and has scored at least 17 in all but one game this year.
• Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points as the Tar Heels shot 38.8 percent from the field. It was the second time in four games against ranked opponents this season they've shot under 40 percent.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 05: John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the...(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||26-67 (.388)||24-54 (.444)|
|3P Made-Attempted||7-20 (.350)||6-16 (.375)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-13 (.538)||14-22 (.636)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||18 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
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