CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Pulling ahead with hot shooting and staying ahead with tough defense, the Louisville Cardinals rolled to a dominant 83-62 win Saturday at No. 12 North Carolina.
Chris Mack’s team never let an announced crowd of 21,243 get involved. The Cards hit their first seven shots, four from three-point range, and took an 18-8 lead at the first media timeout. As unlikely as it seemed entering Saturday, North Carolina never really threatened.
Cameron Johnson, who leads the Tar Heels in scoring and was shooting 49.4 percent from three-point range before Saturday, missed all four of his three-point attempts. Luke Maye, the team’s second-leading scorer, was 3 for 14.
Louisville limited North Carolina on the fast break, won most of the loose balls and forced 15 turnovers. Midway through the second half, when the Tar Heels needed to start cutting into the deficit, they instead threw the ball away on three straight possessions.
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