Maryland's win over No. 1 North Carolina over the weekend was just another example of why college basketball holds the attention of so many sports fans. If the underdog plays hard and smart for 40 minutes -- especially on defense -- any David can KO any Goliath.

It happened again last night when Kentucky, which like Maryland had some embarrassing non-conference losses early in the season, beat No. 3 Tennessee, 72-66, in an SEC game. And as was the case when the Terps toppled the Tar Heels, defense was the key for the Wildcats, who were 7-9 overall going into the game. Tennessee (16-2) was held to less than 39 percent shooting from the field and 20 points under its average. Meanwhile, although Kentucky got off 12 fewer shots, the Wildcats made nearly 49 percent and were steady at the foul line, making 24 of 28.

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* The Montreal Canadiens hammered the Boston Bruins for the sixth time this season. The Canadiens, who have won nine straight against Boston going back to last season, blasted the Bruins, 8-2.

* Both the NHL and the NBA will be without two of their biggest names for a while. The Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby will miss six to eight weeks because of a high ankle sprain (maybe he should chat with Dr. Terrell Owens), and the Miami Heat's Shaquille O'Neal will be sidelined for at least two weeks with a nagging hip injury.

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