Roy Williams supports Rick Pitino in spat with fanA halftime incident involving Louisville coach Rick Pitino and a North Carolina fan spilled into the postgame conversation Wednesday night at the Smith Center. Pitino became enraged when exiting the court during his team’s eventual 74-63 loss, a result that prevented the seventh-ranked Cardinals from pulling even with No. 8 North Carolina in the ACC standings. (Burlington Times News)
Video: UNC Players Post-Louisville InterviewsSeveral North Carolina basketball players spoke with the media following the Tar Heels' 74-63 win over Louisville on Wednesday in Chapel Hill. Here are their video interviews: Justin Jackson, Joel Berry, Kennedy Meeks, Nate Britt
Roy Williams apologizes to Rick Pitino after incident with fanUNC coach Roy Williams apologized to his Louisville counterpart, Rick Pitino, after Wednesday’s 74-63 victory for a halftime incident with a fan that left the Cardinals’ coach steamed. With his team trailing 33-30, Pitino left the court when a fan along the baseline said something that irked him. Pitino shouted back, having to be restrained by security. (Fayetteville Observer)
Lucas: ACC After DarkWelcome back, old ACC. It’s 11 p.m. and do you know where your Tar Heels and 21,269 of their closest friends might be? They’re in the Smith Center, standing and roaring, not worried that tomorrow is a school day or there’s an 8 a.m. meeting or traffic in the Bowles Lot is going to be sticky. There aren’t many things in life for which you’d endure this. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Louisville Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "I just heard about one fan being ejected at halftime, yelling something at Rick (Pitino). I don’t like that. I mean we’re North Carolina, we don’t have to be like everyone else. You can raise Cain and you can boo, but you don’t have to say stuff that we as coaches have to put up with. I hope that never happens again at North Carolina. I apologize to Rick." (GoHeels.com)
UNC stakes their claim to the title of ‘nation’s best’ with No. 7 Louisville beatdownUNC is not a sexy pick, they’re not the favorite in Vegas and they may finally crack the No. 1 seed line in all bracket projections after beating No. 7 Louisville 74-63 on Wednesday night, but at this point, I’m not sure that the Tar Heels aren’t the best team in college basketball. ‘The Best Team In College Basketball’ is not an easy title to earn this season. (NBC Sports)
Video: Rick Pitino Responds to Reporters About Fan Heckling At North CarolinaLouisville basketball coach Rick Pitino talks with reporters following the Cardinals' loss to North Carolina about his altercation with a UNC fan halftime who was heckling Pitino.
UNC Handles No. 7 Louisville in Top 10 Showdown , Now Two Games Clear Atop ACC StandingsIn a physical battle between the top two ACC teams, the eighth-ranked Tar Heels defeated the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals 74-63 at the Smith Center on Wednesday night. Junior forward Justin Jackson led the scoring charge with 21 points for UNC, including a huge three-pointer that stretched the lead to 15 points with just under five minutes remaining. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Roy Williams Post-Louisville Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 74-63 win over Louisville on Wednesday in Chapel Hill.
Video: North Carolina Runs Away From Louisville, 74-63 - HighlightsJustin Jackson scored a game-high 21 points and Kennedy Meeks chipped in his usual double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) to lead North Carolina to a 74-63 win over Louisville in Chapel Hill on February 22, 2017.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - UNC vs. LouisvilleThat may turn out to be a monumental win for the Tar Heels. UNC's 74-63 win over Louisville wasn't artistic and wasn't the type you'll remember forever, but it had big, big implications for the rest of the season. And it wasn't one particular player who carried the Tar Heels. Justin Jackson led with 21 points, but three other Tar Heels also worked their way into double figures. (GoHeels.com)
UNC fan ejected after exchange with Louisville coach Rick PitinoA North Carolina team spokesman says a fan was ejected after a verbal exchange with Louisville coach Rick Pitino during Wednesday's 74-63 Tar Heels win. ESPN's Maria Taylor reported the fan in question yelled, "Pitino, you suck!" UNC's Matt Bowers said the fan was ejected shortly after the incident, which occurred as Pitino was leaving the court for halftime. (ESPN.com)
UNC runs past Louisville in key matchupEighth-ranked UNC used an extended second-half run Wednesday to blow past No. 6 Louisville, 74-63, at the Dean Smith Center and put a stranglehold on the top spot in the ACC standings. Justin Jackson led all scorers with 21 points, including 11 second-half points. Joel Berry (15 points), Kennedy Meeks (14) and Theo Pinson (13) each reached double figures. (Louisville Courier-Journal)
No. 8 Tar Heels Down No. 7 Louisville, 74-63Justin Jackson scored 21 points and No. 8 North Carolina pulled away after halftime to beat No. 7 Louisville 74-63 on Wednesday night in a matchup of ACC leaders. Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels, who stretched their ACC lead to two games by beating the Cardinals after the Blue Devils' lost at Syracuse earlier in the evening. (Associated Press)
Video: Justin Jackson Lights Up LouisvilleTar Heel forward Justin Jackson scored in just about every way one can on a basketball court, racking up 21 points to lead North Carolina over Louisville in Chapel Hill on February 22, 2017.
|Jackson (UNC) 23 pts; Young (Pitt) 17 pts;|
|Jackson (Duke) 16 pts; Brown (Miami) 25 pts;|
|at NC State||55|
|Perrantes (UVA) 16 pts; Abu (NC State) 12 pts;|
|Rathan-Mayes (FSU) 15 pts; Blossomgame (Clemson) 24 pts;|
|at Boston College||75|
|Robinson (Virginia Tech) 13 pts; Robinson (Boston College) 25 pts;|
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|(8) North Carolina||13-3||25-5|
|(19) Florida State||11-5||23-6|
|(21) Notre Dame||10-5||21-7|