Nov 24, 2013; Uncasville, CT, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels forward Kennedy Meeks (3) celebrates against the Louisville Cardinals during the first half at Mohegan Sun Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina vs. Louisville: No. 24 Tar Heels upset third-ranked Cardinals, 93-84

If anyone knows how to get a basketball team ready to play, it’s Roy Williams. That point was proven once again on Sunday as his 24th-ranked Tar Heels team shocked the third-ranked–and defending national champions–Louisville Cardinals, 93-84.

None of this could’ve been accomplished without the stellar play of guard Marcus Paige. Paige dropped in 32 points for the Heels on 9-of-13 shooting from the field, including going a perfect 11-for-11 from the free throw line.

Despite bouncing back against Richmond in their last outing, there were still a lot of questions surrounding this team since the upset loss to Belmont last week. Those questions were answered on Sunday.

Louisville dropped their first game of the season and is now 5-1 on the year, albeit with another great effort out of Russ Smith. Smith finished as the top scorer from both squads with 36 points on 11-of-21 shooting.

In, the end though, it wasn’t enough and the Tar Heels came away with the win and now have all of that confidence back as they continue one with their season.



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  • Paulwisc

    Why is Louisville still in the Top Ten? They’ve only played two teams with a winning record, and they lost to one of them. In contrast, Wisconsin, just below them at #8, has 8 wins and no losses and has played only two teams with a losing record.