Recap & Analysis: Louisville 78 UNC 68 (OT)This is certainly a tough loss but not wholly unexpected. Winning a game during which a team holds an 18 point lead is ideal but Louisville should be credited for fighting back. After all this was a game between two very good and evenly matched teams. It was the reversal of the game in Chapel Hill and as much as it would have been nice for the Heels to steal one on the road, it is not an unexpected loss. (Tar Heel Blog)
Louisville rallies from 18 down to beat UNC 78-68 in OTTerry Rozier scored No. 10 Louisville's first six points in overtime and the Cardinals erased an 18-point second-half deficit to beat No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 on Saturday. Marcus Paige scored 15 points for UNC, one of four Tar Heels in double figures. Carolina led 43-25 with 17:51 remaining but Louisville clawed back to single digits by forcing eight turnovers in a six-minute stretch. (ESPN.com)
Video: J.P. Tokoto Steal & Slam vs. LouisvilleJ.P. Tokoto slams it home after help creating the steal on the defensive end in the Tar Heels game at Louisville.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - LouisvilleIt's been a while since a Carolina team has played so incredibly well for the first 22 minutes of the game and then watched absolutely everything fall apart after that. After building a 43-25 lead early in the second half, the Tar Heels couldn't score, couldn't rebound, and couldn't stop Louisville from scoring. The signature play of the Tar Heel rebounding issues came in overtime. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: Louisville 78, North Carolina 68View the complete box score from North Carolina's 78-68 ACC road loss to Louisville in overtime on Saturday: (View Box Score)
Video: Reggie Bullock posts 26 points, 11 rebounds Friday in D-LeagueFormer North Carolina wing Reggie Bullock scores 26 points and grabs 11 rebounds for Bakersfield in Friday's NBA D-League game.
Video: James Michael McAdoo posts 39 points, 11 rebounds in D-League gameFormer UNC forward James Michael McAdoo posts 39 points and 11 rebounds vs. the Bighorns on Friday in the NBA D-League.
North Carolina-Louisville PreviewLouisville may boast the ACC's best backcourt duo in Terry Rozier and Chris Jones. The pressure will be on the 10th-ranked Cardinals' front line Saturday, however, when they try to avenge a loss from three weeks ago against No. 13 North Carolina. Louisville likely needs a better game from Montrezl Harrell, who had nine points on 4-of-10 shooting and five rebounds, 3.9 fewer than his season average. (Yahoo! Sports)
No. 13 UNC looks for season sweep of No. 10 LouisvilleNorth Carolina holds a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series with Louisville and is seeking the regular-season sweep after earning a hard-fought 72-71 decision over Louisville in Chapel Hill on Jan. 10. The Cardinals will attempt to slow down the Tar Heels with their stingy defensive play. It has been a staple with Louisville this season, as the team holds opponents to a mere 58.5 ppg. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Preview & Prediction: #13 UNC at #10 LouisvilleAfter a stretch of games where UNC "had to win" because a loss would have been devastating given the level of competition, the next two games constitute opportunities to bolster the NCAA resume The games also significantly improve UNC's position to finish in the ACC's top four and avoid an extra game in the league tournament. Prediction: UNC 78, Louisville 72 (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC, Brice Johnson surging at same timeThe 13th-ranked Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 ACC) will take on 10th-ranked Louisville (17-3, 5-2) on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center, and Johnson's improvement has coincided with a six-game winning streak for UNC.
During that stretch, Johnson has averaged 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds while shooting 66.0 percent from the field. He's also recorded four of his five double-doubles. (Fayetteville Observer)
Tar Heels arrive for rematch with Louisville riding positivesEver since North Carolina pulled out that victory three weeks ago against Louisville, the Tar Heels have found themselves in good places. “We all knew we had chances of winning games like that,” North Carolina forward Brice Johnson said Friday. “We knew we’d win games like that.” And then they did. Today, there’s an Atlantic Coast Conference rematch at Louisville. (Burlington Times News)
Wayne Ellington Makes Most of New RoleFor most of this season, Wayne Ellington has been used nearly exclusively as a spot-up shooter. Before Kobe Bryant went down with a torn rotator cuff, 41.2 percent of Ellington’s shots were catch-and-shoot attempts. But since Ellington has filled Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ starting shooting guard, he has greatly altered his game, becoming the team’s top scoring option in the process. (NBA.com)
UNC focuses on strong interior play against LouisvilleIdeally, Desmond Hubert would be another big body in the paint with five fouls to administer, particularly considering UNC’s thinned bench. “Desmond is so good defensively,” Roy Williams said. But he’s no scorer, which would make it tough to play him Saturday when the Tar Heels likely will have to answer Louisville shooters Terry Rozier and Chris Jones when UNC drops in on the Cardinals. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs LouisvilleThe numbers haven't changed too much since these two teams met three weeks ago. These two teams are also fairly even across the board. Based on rankings UNC is slightly better on the offensive end but defensively the Cardinals are ranked in the top ten while the Heels have slid into the 30s. All of that makes this a fairly even contest on paper. (Tar Heel Blog)
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