Louisville at North Carolina: Cards Roll In Chapel Hill

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Louisville improved to 11-5 and 2-1 in the ACC with a big 83-62 win at 12th ranked North Carolina on Saturday.

Louisville was led by Dwayne Sutton, who  had 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch each finished with 17 points as well.

As impressive as Louisville was offensively, the defense stepped up in a big way today. Louisville held North Carolina to its lowest point total of the season while forcing 14 turnovers and holding them to 14 percent shooting from the three-point line. Kenny Williams led the Tar Heels with 12 points. This was the largest home loss for North Carolina since Roy Williams took over the program in 2003.

Overall, it was a huge win for Louisville and Head Coach Chris Mack. This is already a better win than any win the team had on its resume last season. Especially coming off a disappointing road performance at Pitt on Wednesday, the importance of this win cannot be understated. Louisville controlled the game from the start. Even after letting UNC get it back to 9 at the half, the Cards came out with energy and had it back to 15 before the first media timeout in the second.

There is still plenty of work to do, but this is a big win for Louisville in terms of the NCAA tournament picture. For a team that already has 5 losses at this point in the season, they still hold a road win over UNC and a win over currently 6th ranked Michigan State. There are lots of reasons to be excited after this win. Let’s hope they can replicate that performance down the road. Now we really know what this team is capable of.

Up Next: Louisville is back home on Wednesday night for a meeting with Boston College at 7:00 pm.

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