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Kentucky plays ESPNU noon game at home against Belmont

(RNN) - Kentucky faces Belmont in a noon ET game at Rupp Arena on Saturday. ESPNU will air the game.

The Wildcats are coming off a disappointing 82-77 road loss to North Carolina that saw UNC's Marcus Paige score 21 of 23 points in the second half while the Tar Heels ground out a methodical win.

Aaron Harrison had 20 points for Kentucky, which fell to 8-3.

Julius Randle continues to lead the Wildcats with 17.2 points and 11.4 rebounds per game.

The Bruins are 8-4 after suffering losses in the their last two outings to South Dakota State (85-72) and Denver (90-62).

JJ Mann leads the offensive effort with a 17.7 ppg average. Craig Bradshaw and Drew Windler average a little over 12 points each and Reece Chamberlain scores at a 10.9 clip.

Interestingly, Belmont gave North Carolina a run early in the season, falling 83-80 – a closer decision than UK's recent loss to the Heels.

The Wildcats' other losses came in tournaments to Michigan State and Baylor.

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