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Annual UK-UNC game shouldn't go away

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky and North Carolina should play every season. This game is good for the sport. This was the 10th straight season the two teams have met.

Earlier Saturday, UNC coach Roy Williams said someone asked him when does the series end?

“I have no idea,’’ Williams said. “I just assume we'll keep doing it.’’

They should. Now, let's also get a Kansas-North Carolina, Kansas-Duke and Duke-Kentucky series on at least some sort of cycle to add intrigue earlier in the season for the mainstream fan.

If you’re keeping track of the first to 2,000 then here are your up-to-date stats:

Kentucky's win put the Wildcats at 1,996 while North Carolina stays at 1,991. Even if Kentucky were to drop one of the next two games -- vs. Connecticut in New York or at Indiana -- the Wildcats will almost assuredly get No. 2000 at home. Kentucky has six-straight home games after this road swing against Austin Peay (Dec. 19), Drexel (Dec. 21), Long Beach State (Dec. 23), Hartford (Dec. 29), Louisville (Jan. 2) and the SEC opener vs. Georgia (Jan. 9).