Even for a program that has won six national championships, there's always a first time for everything.
After going winless in the program’s last four attempts at Louisville, the No. 14 North Carolina men’s basketball team secured its first road victory ever against the Cardinals. The team utilized the foundation of an early 10-0 first half run and a dominant rebounding performance to seize a 93-76 win on Saturday night, its fifth straight victory.
UNC (21-7, 10-5 ACC) hit the ground running against Louisville (18-9, 8-6 ACC) in the first half with red-hot shooting from the outside. The Tar Heels’ offense was in sync from the beginning, starting 4-4 from the field in the opening 2:03 of play, resulting in an early 10-3 lead.
UNC’s quick and efficient ball movement generated several open looks for the Tar Heels’ outside shooters, leading to a 6-8 start on 3-pointers. UNC’s fast pace caught the opposition off guard. Louisville committed numerous unforced turnovers and couldn't contain UNC's offense. The Tar Heels eventually built a 40-21 cushion, their largest of the game.
The Cardinals, however, would not give up without a fight, as junior forward Deng Adel sparked a mini resurgence for his team, minimizing the gap to just a nine-point UNC advantage heading into halftime.