Stop All the Talk, Kentucky Will Easily Defeat North Carolina

Rick GillispieCorrespondent IIDecember 2, 2011

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 26: Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball during the game against the Portland Pilots at Rupp Arena on November 26, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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For weeks, everybody has been talking about the UNC-Kentucky matchup.

I can see why all the hype. The teams were ranked No. 1and No. 2 respectively in the preseason poll. Currently Kentucky is No. 1 and North Carolina is ranked No. 5.

Lots of bloggers/fans want you to actually believe this game will be close, and many have North Carolina winning. Let me tell you why they are all wrong. Kentucky is clearly the better team here, and to add to that, the game is in Lexington were Calipari is undeafeated with Kentucky.

Just for the sake of making my point, let's take a look at the matchup.

North Carolina is led by player of the year candidate Harrison Barnes. No doubt, Barnes is an excellent player. His 17.7 points and 4.6 rebounds a game are pretty good.

My question: Is he that much better than Terrence Jones? The answer is NO! Jones averages 15.1 points and 7.6 rebounds a game while also blocking 2.4 shots a game.

The next matchup to look at is John Henson and Anthony Davis.

Henson is a great player. I actually like him more than Barnes. Henson is averaging 14.7 points and 10.9 rebounds a game. John also blocks over three shots a game. With that said, Davis is a beast. His 13.0 points and 9.1 rebounds a game doesn't even begin to explain his presence. Another thing, he's blocking almost five shots a game.

Now, Carolina will throw Tyler Zeller at Davis also. Zeller scores 13.3 points a game and grabs 7.1 boards. Davis will mostly defend Zeller or Henson with a little help from Jones, but the secret weapon here will be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. This 6-7 Freshman plays like a big man grabbing 6.6 rebounds a game. Gilchrist can score also at a clip of 11.4 points per game.

Let's get to guard play now. Kentucky will come out with a combination of Doron Lamb, Marquis Teague and Darius Miller. These players average about 34 points a game as a group. North Carolina will counter with Dexter Strickland, Kendall Marshall, P.J Hariston and Reggie Bullock.

These Carolina players account for 29 points a game. Marshall will try and set the pace for the Tar Heels; I just don't see that happening. Look for Teague to show the country why Calipari brought him to Lexington and shut down Marshall all night.

Don't get me wrong, North Carolina is a great team. I just think Kentucky is better. Playing at home is a big advantage for the Cats.

Game will be close in first half, but Cats will pull away in second half and win by eight or more.