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For the regular season, this was special

Hyped game comes down to the final possession as No. 1 Kentucky swats away UNC

Originally Published: December 2, 2011
By Jason King | ESPN.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Late Friday night, a mere 13 hours before his team tipped off against fifth-ranked North Carolina, Kentucky coach John Calipari summoned the Wildcats to Rupp Arena for an impromptu meeting at 11 p.m.

Calipari said he'd been watching from home as analysts hyped the early-season showdown on ESPN. He only hoped his players weren't listening.

"I didn't realize this game was being played up like the end-all of all end-alls," Calipari said. "I grabbed the guys and ...

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