The early afternoon slate of college basketball featured one of the biggest upsets of the week, as No. 12 North Carolina was surprisingly upset on its home floor.
Roy Williams’ squad was entering today’s matchup with confidence after defeating No. 15 NC State on the road. Unfortunately that all came crashing down for the Tar Heels in a showdown with the Louisville Cardinals.
Even though North Carolina an 11.5-point favorite entering this game, Louisville put together its best performance of the season and left the Dean Smith Center with a stunning victory.
Dwayne Sutton and Jordan Nwora were instrumental in the team’s 21-point win over the Tar Heels, as the duo combined for 34 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists.
Louisville connected on 51.9 percent of its field goal attempts, meanwhile North Carolina struggled to find any production in the second half. One of the main issues with the Tar Heels was their inability to knock down open shots from the perimeter.
While the impact players on the Cardinals rose to the occasion, Luke Maye and Cam Johnson were quiet for the Tar Heels.
This stunning upset is actually the worst home loss that Williams has suffered during his time at North Carolina.
#CARDNATION STAND UP!
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) January 12, 2019
Victories of this significance could do wonders for Chris Mack and the Cardinals. The team should have the confidence to compete in any hostile environment for the rest of the season.
As for the Tar Heels, they’ll look to bounce back on Tuesday against Notre Dame.