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.