We shoot 37 percent and won. The Tar Heels made seven 3-pointers and outrebounded Louisville by 13.
“Once we settle down, you see what happened”.
North Carolina is coming off a 65-41 win over Virginia at home this weekend.
Turning point: Louisville had the game tied at 40 at the 16:08 mark, but the Cards’ old offensive woes came back at a bad time. But Adel never got going in the second half, missing all five of his shot attempts.
For the second consecutive night, a famous coach from the state of Kentucky had an issue with the fans. Junior forward Justin Jackson believes that’s a good thing because there is still room to grow.
UNC has looked like a defensive stalwart of late, but the Tar Heels have struggled to maintain that defensive dominance against inferior opponents.
First place in the ACC is on the line Wednesday night when No. 8 North Carolina hosts No. 7 Louisville.
“We’re North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else”, Carolina head coach Roy Williams told ESPN. Louisville is 22-5 and 10-4 in the conference, while UNC is 23-5, 11-3 in the conference.
When asked what the fan said to him, Pitino smiled.
Other than that, I feel fantastic. But Wednesday wasn’t one of those nights, and Pitino and his players will have to wrestle with why – even if North Carolina is a national title contender on its home court. The Tar Heels are dishing out 18.3 assists per game, and ripping down 44 rebounds per game. While the Cardinals would be more content to play at their own pace, they can run when necessary, as evidenced by their 94-90 win on Saturday against Virginia Tech.
The first half was notable for two main stats: poor shooting and turnovers.
“I don’t like that”, Williams said. North Carolina F Isaiah Hicks rode a stationary bike behind the end of the bench during several stretches when he wasn’t in the game.
The two-game lead in the conference that comes with beating Louisville is nice, surely, but is only as good as North Carolina’s ability to continue to win in ways that reinforce that its resume this season is no fluke.
He missed the first 16 games of the season with a broken foot, but that’s all old news with his play of late. Louisville is home Sunday against Syracuse, meeting the Orange for the second time in less than a two-week span.