Tourney Talking Points: Coffee is for CarolinaRagged from the start and physically outmatched by Louisville throughout first half, North Carolina got their stuff together after the break. Going zone to defend the Cardinals in the second half made the biggest difference in North Carolina's 70-60 ACC Tournament quarterfinal win. Brice Johnson overcame an abysmal first half to finish with 22 points, leading him to tell reporters "I manned up." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Five observations: North Carolina defeats LouisvilleThe North Carolina Tar Heels advanced to the ACC tournament semifinals to face the Virginia Cavaliers after their 70-60 win against the Louisville Cardinals. The win boosted UNC coach Roy Williams past former Kansas coach Phog Allen with 747 wins. Here are five observations from the Tar Heels' win: (ESPN.com)
Video: UNC-Louisville Game HighlightsCarolina outscored Louisville by 15 in the second half and the Tar Heels topped the Cardinals 70-60 in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament on March 12th, 2015.
Brice Johnson helps No. 19 UNC top No. 14 Louisville 70-60 in ACC TournamentBrice Johnson scored 18 of his 22 points after halftime to help No. 19 North Carolina outlast No. 14 Louisville 70-60 in Thursday's ACC tournament quarterfinals. Marcus Paige added 13 points for the fifth-seeded Tar Heels (23-10), who regrouped from an ugly first half and took control in the final 7 minutes to take the third tough matchup between the teams this season. (ESPN.com)
Video: Brice Johnson goes Coast-to-Coast for the Dunk vs. LouisvilleAfter a Marcus Paige steal, Brice Johnson dribbles the length of the court and throws it down against Louisville in the ACC Tournament on March 12th, 2015.
Box Score: North Carolina 70, Louisville 60View the complete box score from North Carolina's 70-60 win over the Louisville Cardinals in Thursday's ACC Tournament quarterfinals: (View Box Score)
What Was His Name? Louisville EditionI’m going a former Kansas player for this edition of “What Was His Name.” This big man actually decided between Kansas and UNC during his recruitment. He choose the Jayhawks because he wanted to play for Roy Williams. This was in 2003. Things quickly changed for both Williams and David Padgett. Today, he’ll line up across from Williams as the Director of Basketball Operations for Louisville. (Tar Heel Depot)
Preview: UNC vs. LouisvilleThe No. 5 seeded Tar Heels enter the contest after beating Boston College 81-63 in the ACC Tournament opener. Though they'll almost surely be without starting center Kennedy Meeks, point guard Marcus Paige has returned to nearly full health. Louisville, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, won four of its final five regular season games, including an upset of No. 3 Virginia. (Carolina Blue)
Carolina-Louisville, Round 3 In ACC QuarterfinalsFourth-seeded North Carolina (22-10) will play fifth-seeded Louisville (24-7) in the ACC Tournament just after 2 p.m. on Thursday with the Tar Heels trying to improve to 42-13 in ACC quarterfinals and the Cardinals playing their first Tournament game as the ACC’s newest member. Carolina and Louisville have played two memorable games already and will be meeting for a third time this season. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Louisville on collision courseUNC and the Louisville meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, with a tip time scheduled for 2 p.m. but realistically expected closer to 3 — as if the third meeting and rubber game between the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the ACC needed any more anticipation. The Heels and Cards have already played 85 minutes of basketball against each other this season. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Boston College cures what ails Justin Jackson, short-handed UNCThe biggest beneficiary of UNC's short-handed status and Boston College's bruising style was 6-foot-8, 193-pound wing Justin Jackson. With the Tar Heels in search of a third scoring option, Jackson responded with 12 points. More importantly, with the Eagles trying to outmuscle Jackson, he responded with the most physical outing of his freshman season. (Fayetteville Observer)
Five Observations: UNC defeats Boston CollegeMuch has been made of Carolina's lack of perimeter shooting, but it's steadily improved down the stretch. Over the past six games, the Heels have shot a combined 32-of-78 from 3-point range. The biggest improvement has come from Justin Jackson, who is at just 24 percent for the season, but has shot 9-for-23 over his past eight games. (ESPN.com)
ACCT Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #4 LouisvilleThe personnel change for Louisville in the loss of Chris Jones and UNC possibly being without Kennedy Meeks offers a different dynamic for both teams. Louisville has had time to adjust to Jones' being off the team and the Cardinals' win over Virginia shows it isn't necessarily debilitating. The Tar Heels have had just one game without Meeks. Prediction: UNC 72, Louisville 69 (Tar Heel Blog)
Welcome, 'UNC State'There was an unfortunate typo in the ACC’s guide book for its tournament this week. On page 39, listing all of the ACC team stats, N.C. State wasn’t listed as N.C. State. Instead, the Wolfpack’s team stats are listed under the heading “UNC State.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Tar Heels Keep Hanlan in CheckNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams used several different players to limit ACC leading scorer Olivier Hanlan in the Tar Heels’ 81-63 victory over Boston College in ACC Tournament second round action on Wednesday. The first time these two teams got together in Chestnut Hill, Hanlan delivered exactly as advertised, and then some. The Eagles standout torched the Heels for a season-high 30 points. (Inside Carolina)
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