Here are some videos from after the game from Roy Williams, Marcus Paige, Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, and Isaiah Hicks. Louisville defeated North Carolina 71-65.
With tipoff less than 2 hours away, this will be a pretty condensed version of “Layup Lines”. I blame real life, sorry about that. But here is a quick rundown of tonight’s game between the Louisville Cardinals (17-4, 6-2) and North Carolina Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0).
Start your week off with a quick preview of North Carolina from Rick Pitino in his latest blog. He also recaps the loss to Virginia if you would like to check out the full post, but for me, it’s time to move on to tonight’s game. Here is what Pitino says about the Tar Heels and about the Cards moving forward.
The UofL women’s soccer team hosted #1 North Carolina on Thursday night and came away with the 2-1 victory in overtime! Caroline Kimble scored the winning goal with eight seconds left in the first OT. This was the biggest win in program history.
Read the game recap here and watch the video of the winning goal below.
One of the top quarterbacks in the country for the class of 2016 is Jawon Pass. He just announced his top 5 and it is Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Today’s matchup between Louisville and North Carolina could end up being pretty different than the other two when it comes to who is on the court. It’s only two guys, but two very important guys that played in the other two games that will not play today. For Louisville, it’s Chris Jones. For North Carolina, they could be without sophomore big man Kennedy Meeks due to flu-like symptoms.
According to Drew Barry, we are the Louisville Cardinal.
The last double-bye in the ACC Tournament will not be determined until the final day of regular season games, which is Saturday. The Louisville Cardinals are looking at either getting the 4 seed or the 5 seed in the tournament. The top 4 seeds get the double-byes, while the 5th seed would still get a bye of their own.
With just three regular season games left, the Louisville Cardinals are looking to keep one of those top 4 spots in the ACC standings, which would earn them a double-bye in the ACC Tournament. Here are the standings entering the weekend and the schedule of games for Saturday and Sunday. When looking at the standings, keep in mind that Syracuse will not be playing in any post-season tournament this year, and that includes the ACC Tournament.
There are 6 ACC games on the schedule today. The Cards will host Miami and try to end their two game losing streak. They are still fighting to get one of those top 4 spots in the conference and earn a double-bye in the ACC Tournament.
Check out these photos from the North Carolina game on Saturday. These were taken by Tim Haag. Follow him on twitter for more great pictures @UofLBirdsNest.
The big man had 22 points and 15 rebounds against the Tar Heels on Saturday and was clearly the engine behind the comeback for the Cards. Here are his highlights, including his second best dunk ever as a Louisville Cardinal.
Rick Pitino and Terry Rozier met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the UNC game. This is Rozier’s portion of the press conference. He talks about the NBA draft, Yum Center rims, Chris Jones, and much more.
On the NBA draft: We haven’t talked about that. Like I’ve been saying the whole year, or since I’ve been on this little verge of people saying if I’m going to leave or not, it’s something that we’ve talked about. But we’ve said I’m going to focus on being the best college basketball player I can be. It would be selfish to think about the pros right now. I mean, I’m not going to lie and say I don’t think about it. It’s something in my mind. But for me to be thinking about the draft and me leaving without taking care of business here first is selfish of me. That’s all I’m focused on right now — helping my team go and win the national championship.
Rick Pitino and Terry Rozier met with the media on Friday afternoon to preview the North Carolina game. Here is Pitino’s portion of the press conference, transcribed by Jeff Greer of the Courier Journal.
Pitino talks about the Tar Heels, the recent intrasquad scrimmage, Terry Rozier’s NBA draft stock, and much more.
Opening statement: I guess, when I got on the plane or the bus ride back from Boston, checked out the ACC scores, I was quite surprised. And that’s the nature of any great conference — it’s full of surprises because the bottom is very close to the top. Boston College played Virginia to the mat; they pulled away at the end. We pulled away at the end. Any great league has to have the bottom close to the top, and the teams in our league at the bottom. Georgia Tech, I believe, was winless and just blitzed Miami at Miami. So that’s the sign of any really good league. If you’re not on top of your game, you’re going to come away with an L. Carolina’s playing much better than the first time we played them. They’re on a winning streak, they’re playing with more scoring, more confidence and they’re better than the last time we faced them, so we have to be better.
Here is video of the last time North Carolina won the National Championship. Oh, sorry. This is just a video celebrating a regular season victory over a new conference team on your home floor. My mistake.
Just a few quick notes about the Tar Heels before the Cards take the court today in Chapel Hill in what should be a very exciting game.
-North Carolina enters the game with a record of 11-4 and 1-1 in the ACC. They lost on Monday at home to Notre Dame 71-70.
-Their other 3 losses came to Butler (74-66), Iowa (60-55), and Kentucky (84-70).
-They have 3 wins over ranked opponents: #22 UCLA (78-56), #18 Florida (75-64), and #12 Ohio State (82-74).
Roy Williams and sophomore forward Kennedy Meeks met with the media to preview the Louisville game. They both talked about Montrezl and his energy, and Roy Williams used “harassment” to describe Louisville’s defense.
Full transcript of Rick Pitino’s press conference previewing the North Carolina Tar Heels, courtesy of Russ Brown and posted on Courier-Journal.com.
Opening statement: When you get into league play, every game takes on a different style and certainly this will be a totally different style from the Clemson game. There’ll be a lot more paying attention to transition baskets, rebounding, controling your turnovers. This should be a very exciting game for both teams.
Since the Cards will head to Chapel Hill tomorrow lets take a look back a couple classic Louisville/UNC games.
1999 at Freedom Hall “The Run”
The amazing run by the Cards starts around the 39:45 mark
1986 Sweet Sixteen “Cards beat UNC on their way to a National Championship”
Louisville Starters: Pervis Ellison, Jeff Hall, Milt Wagner, Herb Crook, Billy Thompson
North Carolina Starters: Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Jeff Lebo, Joe Wolf, Steve Hale
2008 Elite 8