CBB Predictions: Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina Tar Heels 2/22/17

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Joel Berry II is getting 14.6 per contest, while Kennedy Meeks is scoring 12.6 points and sits fourth in the ACC in rebounds per game at 9.1. Jackson reached the 20-point mark for the 15th game this season. Deng Adel paced the Cards with eight points.

"They did a lot of good things down the stretch and we didn't", Louisville coach Rick Pitino said.

Louisville has managed to rise to the occasion at times this season, so seeing the Cardinals step up tonight is certainly not out of the question, but UNC is a team that is too talented for the Cardinals.

With a roster built on upperclassmen, Pinson is confident the Tar Heels won't get caught up in the moment. "But North Carolina's a classy place, and one person doesn't speak for the rest of the people".

"The second half, for the most part (I liked the shot selection)", North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals with 21 points.


Louisville on the other hand couldn't buy a point from the charity stripe going 4-of-13 from the line.

Louisville was lucky to escape Syracuse with a win and cover in overtime versus the Orange in its last road game on February 13, and neither will happen here. "I just feel there's no excuse for poor foul shooting".

Of all the flaws that have been exposed by playing the league's grueling schedule, the Heels can rely on the fact that even when they're not shooting well, they still have a chance due to their offensive rebounding. And if you think doing that is easy, ask Duke, which lost to the Orange in the Carrier Dome Wednesday night. "For us, we just beat a really good team and we shot awful and I think that shows we can win in different ways". The Cardinals are just 1-3 against the spread in their last four games to drop to 16-8-1 against the spread on the season.

UNC also continued their three point defense from the Virginia game.

NOTES: North Carolina won three of five meetings since Louisville joined the ACC.

Things didn't start out well for the Tar Heels (24-6, 12-3 ACC), especially on the offensive end of the floor. The Tar Heels will travel to Pitt for a Saturday contest before a quick turnaround sends them to Charlottesville for a Monday date with Virginia. Mitchell drew a flyout and groundout from the next two batters to get out of the inning.

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