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Saturday 2/17/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore




N CAROLINA (20 - 7) at LOUISVILLE (18 - 8)
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N CAROLINA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games20-7-3.413-1014-1183.340.346.7%43.373.335.142.2%31.6
Road Games8-5+1.15-75-878.536.744.1%
Last 5 Games4-1+1.84-13-
Conference Games9-5-8.45-67-780.637.945.6%42.874.636.843.9%31.8
N CAROLINA Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)83.340.331-6546.7%8-2236.9%14-1973.4%431218165124
vs opponents surrendering69.832.525-5842.7%8-2234.6%12-1770.9%34913186133
Team Stats (Road Games)78.536.729-6644.1%8-2236.1%12-1774.5%421215165143
Stats Against (All Games)73.335.126-6342.2%10-2738.4%10-1566.2%32815186125
vs opponents averaging75.635.527-5846.2%8-2237.0%14-1971.9%36915176124
Stats Against (Road Games)74.036.826-6242.3%10-2540.4%11-1669.9%34914176135

LOUISVILLE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games18-8-0.513-1015-878.235.246.2%37.869.031.239.7%37.4
Home Games14-3-0.87-78-681.037.247.3%38.766.630.939.2%36.6
Last 5 Games2-3-3.63-24-176.835.450.2%
Conference Games8-5+0.710-39-379.035.247.8%35.571.431.141.0%36.9
LOUISVILLE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)78.235.228-6146.2%8-2136.3%14-2073.8%381014178127
vs opponents surrendering70.732.925-5943.0%8-2234.5%12-1870.8%35913186133
Team Stats (Home Games)81.037.229-6047.3%8-2236.9%16-2272.4%391014168127
Stats Against (All Games)69.031.224-6239.7%7-2131.9%13-1971.0%371111176143
vs opponents averaging73.734.626-5845.3%7-2135.7%14-2071.1%36914176134
Stats Against (Home Games)66.630.924-6139.2%7-2032.3%12-1869.1%371010186152
Average power rating of opponents played: N CAROLINA 80,  LOUISVILLE 80.3
N CAROLINA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/30/2017WAKE FOREST73-69W-14L162U27-6839.7%491225-6339.7%347
1/3/2018@ FLORIDA ST80-81L1T165U31-7740.3%41728-5749.1%3715
1/6/2018@ VIRGINIA49-61L4.5L134U16-5429.6%421924-5345.3%3011
1/9/2018BOSTON COLLEGE96-66W-14W156O39-7850.0%58824-6238.7%235
1/13/2018@ NOTRE DAME69-68W-5L147U26-6142.6%37723-6634.8%4511
1/20/2018GEORGIA TECH80-66W-14T140O28-6642.4%461429-6048.3%2515
1/22/2018@ VIRGINIA TECH69-80L-3.5L164.5U27-6342.9%351330-6347.6%369
1/27/2018NC STATE91-95L-12L161O38-7252.8%481434-7644.7%349
1/30/2018@ CLEMSON78-82L-2L145O28-6245.2%401124-6139.3%3610
2/10/2018@ NC STATE96-89W-3.5W161O40-7156.3%411935-6454.7%2411
2/12/2018NOTRE DAME83-66W-10.5W152U32-6053.3%42622-5837.9%296
2/17/2018@ LOUISVILLE              
2/21/2018@ SYRACUSE              
3/3/2018@ DUKE              

LOUISVILLE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
12/29/2017@ KENTUCKY61-90L4.5L148.5O24-6934.8%371130-6248.4%4411
1/6/2018@ CLEMSON69-74L6W139O28-6245.2%452125-6836.8%3611
1/10/2018@ FLORIDA ST73-69W6.5W151.5U27-6442.2%34826-6540.0%4514
1/13/2018VIRGINIA TECH94-86W-5W148.5O31-5952.5%341630-6149.2%3019
1/16/2018@ NOTRE DAME82-78W2.5W139.5O30-6149.2%341630-7938.0%4818
1/21/2018BOSTON COLLEGE77-69W-10L146P23-5740.4%421323-6535.4%4016
1/24/2018@ MIAMI75-78L5W139O27-6541.5%381124-6536.9%4914
1/27/2018WAKE FOREST96-77W-9W145O36-7150.7%32729-6147.5%3920
1/31/2018@ VIRGINIA64-74L10.5W124.5O25-5050.0%261329-5453.7%257
2/3/2018FLORIDA ST76-80L-3L155O25-5942.4%341227-6045.0%4313
2/8/2018GEORGIA TECH77-54W-7W135.5U27-5450.0%321020-5536.4%3620
2/11/2018@ PITTSBURGH94-60W-11.5W134.5O34-5463.0%37820-5834.5%2813
2/17/2018N CAROLINA              
2/21/2018@ DUKE              
2/24/2018@ VIRGINIA TECH              
3/3/2018@ NC STATE              
N CAROLINA: Last season: 33-7, won program's sixth NCAA championship.
Who's gone: SF Justin Jackson, F/C Kennedy Meeks, F Isaiah Hicks, F Tony Bradley Jr., G Nate Britt.
Who's back: Final Four Most Outstanding Player Joel Berry II (14.7 points) returns at the point, though he could miss the start of the season after breaking a bone in his right hand. The Tar Heels return senior swingman Theo Pinson and junior wing guard Kenny Williams III, while March hero Luke Maye ' who hit the last-second shot against Kentucky to send UNC to the Final Four ' is the lone returnee up front.
Who's new: The Tar Heels found experienced help in Pittsburgh graduate transfer Cameron Johnson to fill Jackson's role on the wing. There's also a freshman class led by guard Jalek Felton and includes size in Garrison Brooks, Sterling Manley and Brandon Huffman.
The Skinny: The return of Berry and Pinson gives the Tar Heels toughness and leadership, and they can use plenty of combinations on the perimeter with a deep backcourt. The question is whether they can find reliable production inside considering their Hall of Fame coach prefers to have two big men and emphasizes rebounding. How the Tar Heels answer that will determine whether they have any chance to make it to the final Monday night in April for a third consecutive season.
LOUISVILLE: Last season: 25-9; lost 73-69 to Michigan in NCAA Tournament second round.
Who's gone: G Donovan Mitchell, F Jaylen Johnson, C Mangok Mathiang.
Who's back: G Quentin Snider. The Cardinals' backcourt belongs to the senior Louisville native, who's focusing on defensive improvement. C Anas Mahmoud. The 7-footer established an inside presence on both ends of the floor last season, and looks to be more assertive near the basket. F Deng Adel. The versatile junior could be the scorer and defender Louisville needs. F Ray Spalding looks to finally take charge inside, while G/F V.J. King appears primed to blossom after a seesaw debut.
Who's new: F Dwayne Sutton is eligible after sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules. He averaged 12 points and 7.7 rebounds at UNC Asheville in 2015-16. The Cardinals also recruited frontcourt depth with 6-foot-11 F/C Malik Williams, 6-8 F Lance Thomas and 6-7 Jordan Nwora.
The Skinny: Louisville's immediate task is finding normalcy after a tumultuous month following the program's acknowledgment that it's being investigated in a federal corruption probe. Coach Rick Pitino was fired after 16 seasons in the ensuing fallout, and Padgett has been elevated from second-year Cardinals assistant to interim coach. Veterans Adel, Mahmoud and Snider lead a roster with NCAA Tournament potential even without their Hall of Fame coach. Padgett's sudden transition and how Louisville handles seismic program changes and distractions make this one of the most intriguing seasons in program history. The school is also appealing NCAA penalties levied in June following a 2015 sex scandal.
Louisville seeks signature win vs. No. 14 UNC

LOUISVILLE -- Louisville hosts No. 14 North Carolina on Saturday night in what is likely the Cardinals' biggest home game of the season.

The Tar Heels team that Louisville (18-8, 8-5 ACC) will face Saturday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) is a far cry from the one that ended January with a 5-5 ACC league record. Since then, North Carolina has a 31-point win over Pittsburgh, a 17-point win over Notre Dame, a victory at North Carolina State and a win over rival Duke.

The biggest difference for Roy Williams? Defense.

"I'm still trying to convince my team we've got to be able to guard people a little bit better," Williams said Friday. "They are sort of making me think that they think they can outscore people. I know that's not true when you want to win the bigger games."

The Tar Heels (20-7, 9-5) gave up 42 3-pointers during a three-game losing streak back in January. Since then, they've been much better at forcing teams away from the 3-point line.

"I think the biggest thing is us not giving up so many threes," North Carolina senior guard Joel Berry said. "It's hard to play with teams when they're knocking down 10 to 15 3-pointers per game. I think we've done a great job of just making sure we get out to the 3-point line and guarding it. I honestly think that's the reason."

Louisville isn't a great 3-point threat. The Cardinals are 11th in the league in 3-point field goal percentage (35.4) and 3s made per game (7.6). But the Cardinals will regain the service of wing Deng Adel, the team's leading scorer, who has missed the last two games with an ankle injury.

"As long as he doesn't have any setbacks we should be good to go," Louisville interim coach David Padgett said.

Padgett said Adel started with individual workouts and has since transitioned to more practice in the last couple days.

With Adel, the Cardinals are one of the top teams in the league in terms of scoring and one of the few teams in the country who can stick with North Carolina in terms of rebounding. Padgett said that even though the Tar Heels have been using a smaller lineup than in previous years, they still rebound extremely well.

"They just rebound so well from every position, and they pursue the ball on the offensive glass," Padgett said.

Padgett explained his team will have to be smart about when to crash the glass because UNC is so good at transition offense.

"You've really got to be aware of, 'OK, if I'm one of the guards and I don't take the shot, I have to get back,'" Padgett said. "And if I'm a (power forward or center), and I have a legit chance to get a rebound, then yes by all means. But if it's one of those in-betweens and you're caught in the high post and you probably can't get to the backboard, you need to err on the side of caution and you need to get back."

Saturday's showdown is a key matchup for the Cardinals. They are still searching for a current Top 25 win and have just a pair of the Quadrant 1 wins that the NCAA Selection Committee wants to see. A win over the Tar Heels would likely assure the Cardinals an at-large bid.

The atmosphere in the KFC Yum! Center is expected to be electric. Louisville fans are planning a "White Out," with every fan in the arena expected to wear white.

If things go poorly for the Tar Heels, it may force Williams to end his timeout streak. He hasn't called a timeout in more than 140 minutes of game action, last using one in the first half of the Pittsburgh game on Feb. 3.

As crucial as Saturday's game is for Louisville, don't expect Padgett to join Rick Pitino's tradition of wearing a white suit.

Padgett opened his pregame press conference Friday by telling reporters: "I know this question is on everyone's minds so I will go ahead and address it. I will not be wearing a white suit tomorrow."

The coach joked that at 6-foot-11, he can't just "go to Macy's and grab a suit off the rack."

Last Updated: 12/16/2018 9:33:26 PM EST

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