Cardinals trounce Tar Heels, Williams
Louisville went from suffering a confidence-jarring loss to handing Roy Williams his worst home loss in 16 seasons with North Carolina.
Tough to explain? Even the Hall of Famer had a hard time with that.
“We never really got into the game,” Williams said after Saturday’s 83-62 loss to the Cardinals. “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 performance from No. 12 UNC — which had started league play with two road wins — as it was a strong effort from Louisville following Wednesday’s overtime loss to Pittsburgh.
Louisville (11-5, 2-1 ACC) strolled into Chapel Hill, jumped on UNC early and turned a 43-34 halftime lead into an unexpected rout.
Steven Enoch had season highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Cardinals, and Dwayne Sutton added 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Kenny Williams scored 12 points for the Tar Heels (12-4, 2-1).
Cam Reddish hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to lead No. 1 Duke past No. 13 Florida State 80-78 in Tallahassee, Fla.
Reddish caught the ball off the inbounds pass and made a wide open 3-pointer to ensure that Duke (14-1, 3-0 ACC) would win its ninth straight game.
Duke played the second half without star freshman Zion Williamson, who left the game after getting poked in the eye late in the first half.