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No. 1 Kentucky slips past No. 5 UNC

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a last-second shot attempt by North Carolina forward John Henson (31) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 73-72. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Mark Cornelison)

Kentucky forward Anthony Davis (23) blocks a last-second shot attempt by North Carolina forward John Henson (31) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky won 73-72. (AP Photo/The Lexington Herald-Leader, Mark Cornelison)

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Pushed and pressured all day, Anthony Davis finally went somewhere else no one could on the floor. Up.

The freshman soared to block John Henson's shot in the final seconds and No. 1 Kentucky held on to beat No. 5 North Carolina 73-72 on Saturday to extend the Wildcats' home winning streak to 39 games.

"I just jumped as high as I could with my arm up," said Davis, who had seven points and nine rebounds. "I thought I probably would (block it). I have long hands."

Freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Kentucky (8-0) and Doron Lamb added 12 of his 14 points after halftime in the heavily hyped matchup.

"I didn't realize, because I hadn't been watching much TV, that this game was being played up like the end alls of end alls," Kentucky coach John Calipari said.

Davis sure ended it, all right.

Reggie Bullock hit a 3-pointer for North Carolina (6-2) to cut the Wildcats' lead to 73-72 with 48 seconds left. After freshman Marquis Teague missed the front end of a one-and-one, Davis blocked Henson's shot, grabbed the rebound and the Wildcats ran out the clock.

"If he doesn't block the shot, we lose," Calipari said. "Both teams gutted it out, just gutted it out. This is supposed to be March, not now. I'm exhausted."

Tyler Zeller and Harrison Barnes scored 14 points apiece for the Tar Heels, who led by as many as nine in the first half and held a six-point lead in the second before Kentucky rallied.

The Wildcats haven't lost at Rupp Arena since Calipari took over, a span of 38 games that includes winning their final one at home under Billy Gillispie.

Lamb converted a three-point play as part of a 7-0 run that gave Kentucky a 63-60 lead. After Zeller hit a jumper to cut it to one, Lamb hit a pair of 3s, the second in the corner that gave the Wildcats a 69-64 lead with 3:47 left.

"He had a couple of layups, a couple of threes and they were big shots, they were big shots. That one in the corner was a huge shot and he knocked it down," Calipari said. "I've got good players. We're young, we're inexperienced, but I have really good players."

After a 3-pointer by Barnes, North Carolina's 11th of the game, made it 69-67. Darius Miller's basket made it 71-67. Henson hit two free throws and Kidd-Gilchrist answered with two more before Bullock's 3 set up the final sequence.

No. 8 Connecticut 75, Arkansas 62

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Freshman Ryan Boatright scored 23 points and had six assists in his home debut and No. 8 Connecticut beat Arkansas 75-62 Saturday in the Big East-SEC challenge.

Boatright hit eight of his 12 shots and also had five rebounds for Connecticut, which didn't score a field goal for the first five minutes of the game.

That was just after Boatright checked in and the Huskies went to a three-guard lineup that led them on a 14-2 run. The point guard sat out UConn's first six games because of an NCAA suspension.

Jeremy Lamb added 14 points and Tyler Olander had 12 for UConn (7-1).

B.J. Young scored 28 points for Arkansas (5-2) and Devonta Abron had 16 rebounds for the Razorbacks, who outrebounded Connecticut 47-35.

UConn shot 57 percent from the floor and held Arkansas to 31 percent.

But the Huskies' front line gave up 27 offensive rebounds, while getting just four of their own.

Arkansas' highly touted defense started strong, forcing four turnovers on the Huskies first six possessions as the Razorbacks jumped out to an 8-1 lead. The Razorbacks came in forcing 19.5 turnovers per game, and forced 15 by the Huskies.

UConn responded to the run by putting in Boatright. He had two assists, a steal, and a layup on the Huskies first three baskets.

Boatright scored 14 points in his debut last week against Florida State, including the key free throws that sent that game into overtime.

The 14-2 UConn run gave the Huskies a 15-10 lead, their first of the game. It was 22-12 Huskies when Lamb hit a 3-pointer with just over nine minutes to play.

Connecticut led by 14 before Young scored every point during an 11-4 run by Arkansas to cut the lead to 37-30. It was 39-32 at the half.

Connecticut scored the first five points of the second half, before Lamb picked up his third foul less than a minute in.

But Boatright kept Arkansas at a distance. His 3-pointer midway through the second half gave UConn a 62-48 lead.

Arkansas cut the lead to seven on Abron's layup with seven minutes left and Lamb picked up his fourth foul on a drive to the basket with 5-1/2 minutes left. But the Razorbacks could not capitalize.

Boatright's floater in the lane put the game out of reach at 73-59 with just over two minutes left.

The Huskies' bench outscored their starters 39-36.

Connecticut won its 38th straight home game against a non-conference opponent. The Huskies last lost a home game against a team outside the Big East in January 2007, when Indiana won 77-73 in Hartford.

The Razorbacks came into the game on a three-game winning streak, but were playing their first game of the season outside the state of Arkansas.

Connecticut, which had not played since beating Florida State in overtime in the Bahamas on Nov. 26. The win came a day after Central Florida snapped a 16-game UConn winning streak that dated back to last season's 11-0 postseason run to the national championship.

Connecticut is 3-0 against Arkansas, but the teams had not played since UConn's 77-68 win in Maui in 2005.