- Friday, February 29 1924 -
Southern Conference Tournament (at Atlanta, GA)
Kentucky - 20 (Head Coach: George C. Buchheit) - [Final Rank ]
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North Carolina - 41 (Head Coach: Norman Shepard)
Halftime Score: North Carolina 17, Kentucky 9
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Game Writeup - by Frank Kopf, Spalding Official 1924-25 Basketball Guide
North Carolina was given a stiff battle by the University of Kentucky, which had a fine team of ex-prep stars who would probably have set back any other team in the tournament, but the smooth-running Tarheel machine outwitted the Derby boys and had them 41 to 20 at the finish. Cobb and Carmichael of Carolina both starred as usual, and easily poured in enough shots from long distance to win the game.
Game Writeup - The Kentucky Kernel
NORTH CAROLINA COURT FIVE ELIMINATES CATS FROM SOUTHERN EVENT
Three years ago eight Wildcats slipped into Atlanta unheralded and unthought of as possible champions of the South, and five days later surprised the Blue Grass state in particular and and the Southland in general by bidding adieu to the Georgia capitol with the coveted honors in their grasp. Last week eight more Blue and White athletes journeyed to the court classic - this time with a pretty good reputation and counted upon as one of the best court fives in the conference.
But Kentucky fans were doomed to disappointment. Visions of another wonder team were suddenly dispersed when the Cats met North Carolina and fell, defeated 41-20 in the first round of the tourney. Kentucky simply met a better team. The Tarheel five played rings around the blue-clad athletes throughout the game and never were the Carolinians in danger of losing after the first few minutes of play. Kentucky appeared lost on the large tournament floor and could not adapt her style of play to the new court.
It is true that the Cats failed to display anything near their best form but it is doubtful that anyone could have beaten the Tarheels last Friday night. The Carolina squad, made up largely of veterans, is a smooth running machine, which combines an excellent dribbling offense with an accurate basket attack. The Cat defense judged as the best part of the conference, could not cope with the dribbling of McDonald, Carmichael, Cobb and - we might as well say the entire Tarheel squad.
North Carolina wasted little time in stepping into the lead and was out in front from the time Cobb evened up the advantage Jimmie McFarland had given the Cats by tossing in two free throws awarded him. Carmichael, Cobb and McDonald, bearing the brunt of the Tarheel offense, started a dribbling attack that tore the 'Cat four man defense to pieces, and soon Carolina was out in front, with a large margin of safety. The half ended with the Tarheel five leading 17-9 and the second period was but a repetition of the first.
None of the Cats ever located the iron hoops satisfactorily. Numerous easy chances, afforded by brief spasms of brilliant passing, were missed. Milward, with eight points beside his name in the summary, led the Kentucky counting. Jimmie McFarland could find the basket on but two occasions. Underwood, King and Riefkin counted one each. Rice and King played a heroic game at guard for the Cats but the Carolina forwards did not have to pass the foul circle to register their points and were usually content to add to the score by shooting over the heads of the Kentucky guards.