The Louisville males’s basketball staff went from struggling a confidence-jarring loss in opposition to a long-struggling Atlantic Coast Conference program to handing Roy Williams his worst house loss in 16 seasons with North Carolina.
Tough to clarify? Even Williams had a tough time with that.
“We never really got into the game,” he mentioned after Saturday’s 83-62 defeat to the Cardinals in Chapel Hill, N.C. “I’d like to give you a brilliant answer as to why, but I can’t give you that brilliant answer.”
It was as mystifying a efficiency from No. 12 U.N.C., which had began league play with two street wins, because it was a powerful effort from Louisville following Wednesday’s extra time loss to Pittsburgh.
Louisville’s first-year coach, Chris Mack, mentioned there was “some soul-searching” after that setback, which snapped Pitt’s 23-game dropping streak in A.C.C. regular-season video games. The Panthers had misplaced by 25 factors at house to the Tar Heels a number of days earlier.
Louisville (11-5, 2-1) responded by strolling into Chapel Hill, leaping on North Carolina (12-Four, 2-1) early and turning a 43-34 halftime lead into an sudden rout.
“I’ve been around the game enough to know you can be humbled on any given night and then erase a bitter feeling a few nights later,” Mack mentioned. “I don’t know how football coaches do it; they get one game a week.”
The Connecticut switch Steven Enoch had season highs of 17 factors and 11 rebounds to guide the Cardinals, inflicting all types of matchup issues together with his 6-foot-11 body and energy to submit up deep in the paint. Dwayne Sutton added 17 factors, 10 rebounds and seven assists to flirt with a triple double, serving to the Cardinals shoot 52 p.c whereas hitting 11 Three-pointers.
More necessary, the Cardinals managed the boards (40-31) in opposition to one of many nation’s greatest rebounding groups, protecting the Tar Heels from getting unfastened in transition (Four fast-break factors) with stable protection.
“Angry should be the motto for this team — playing angry and aggressive,” Enoch mentioned. “That’s how it’s always been for Louisville basketball.”
VIRGINIA 63, CLEMSON 43 Kyle Guy had 13 factors, De’Andre Hunter scored 12 and No. Four Virginia improved to 15-Zero with a victory at Clemson. The campus began the day with a nationwide championship soccer parade, however the basketball staff (10-6, Zero-Three Atlantic Coast Conference) couldn’t add to the nice emotions. Instead, the Cavaliers turned up their trademark protection to take care of their run because the A.C.C.’s solely undefeated squad at Three-Zero. The Cavaliers lead the nation with 51.eight factors allowed a recreation this season, they usually smothered the Tigers early. Clemson missed 14 of its first 15 photographs to fall behind, 15-Four.
KANSAS STATE 58, IOWA STATE 57 Barry Brown hit a layup with 4 seconds left and visiting Kansas State handed No. 20 Iowa State its second straight loss. Brown had 23 factors to guide the Wildcats (12-Four, 2-2 Big 12), who closed the sport on a 10-2 run for his or her first street win of the 12 months. Iowa State, which has not gained since routing Kansas final week, was up 7 with 5 minutes left. But Brown hit two free throws with 16 seconds left to make it 57-56 Iowa State — and Lindell Wigginton missed the entrance finish of a subsequent one-and-one for the Cyclones (12-Four, 2-2). Brown, who completed 9 of 20 from the ground, then drove by means of the paint for the sport winner.
GEORGETOWN 96, PROVIDENCE 90 Jessie Govan scored a career-high 33 factors with 14 rebounds and host Georgetown (12-5, 2-2 Big East) obtained two clutch Three-pointers earlier than beating Providence (10-6, Zero-Three) in two overtimes. Govan had two free throws early in the second extra time to place Georgetown forward, and added three in the ultimate minute to assist seal the victory. James Akinjo added 20 factors for the Hoyas. Akinjo made three free throws with 15.6 seconds left in the primary extra time earlier than flattening an extended Three-pointer at Three.Four seconds to tie it at 86-86, forcing the second extra time. Mac McClung had 16 factors, together with an extended, buzzer-beating Three-pointer to tie the rating, 73-73, on the finish of regulation.