North Carolina has won four of the last six in this series, but Louisville has covered the spread in three of the last four against the Tar Heels.
The toughest stretch in school history has looked like anything but that for North Carolina.
"We played good enough to stay in the game", he said afterward. Those four teams all are tied for second place, with a 10-5 conference record, and only three of them will receive double-byes in the upcoming ACC tournament. But Adel never got going in the second half, missing all five of his shot attempts. The Tar Heels have games against Pittsburgh, Virginia and Duke to finish the regular season. UNC also turned it over 12 times, though they did force 16 turnovers from the Cardinals. "And he is a coward. but North Carolina is a classy place and one person doesn't speak for the rest of the people".
"It could have been a very close game but we took ourselves out", Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. Louisville has a long, pressuring defense that ranks ninth nationally in three-point percentage defense, seventh in block percentage and has one of the country's best thieves in Donovan Mitchell.
Pitino wouldn't go into specifics when asked what touched off Wednesday's incident, other than to joke that "it was something kind about me". "I just think about it all the time".
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Maintaining that advantage would give North Carolina the upper hand in the race for the fourth No. 1 seed alongside Villanova, Kansas and Gonzaga.
Of all the flaws that have been exposed by playing the league's grueling schedule, the Heels can rely on the fact that even when they're not shooting well, they still have a chance due to their offensive rebounding. The Cardinals largest lead of the half came at the 11:20 mark, when redshirt senior forward Mangok Mathiang tipped the ball in to put Louisville up, 14-9.
Both these teams are led by Hall of Fame Coaches. In his last four games, Luke Maye has averaged eight points and 4.8 rebounds a game.
North Carolina 74, Louisville 63.
Roy Williams has his program in position to win its eighth ACC regular-season title in 14 seasons. Seldom-used North Carolina reserve G Stilman White hit a first-half shot, marking his first field goal in any of the nine ACC games in which he has played this season.