The #11 ranked Louisville Cardinals are hosting the North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday at the KFC Yum! Center. The Roy Williams-led UNC squad is not what fans are accustomed to at 10-16……. but this team is NOT as bad as their record might suggest since point guard Cole Anthony has returned from injury.

North Carolina has lost 6 games in a row and they’ve lost 3 of 4 games at the buzzer. The Tar Heels have lost 3 games in OT (Clemson, Virginia Tech and Duke). This is not a team that is going down quietly and they are looking to break the ‘close loss’ cycle vs. UofL. Here are the stats:

LouisvilleNorth Carolina
Strength of Schedule (Ken Pom)57th27th
PPG75.4 (46th)71.2 (145th)
Avg Scoring Margin11.4 (9th)-0.5 (189th)
Field Goal %45.6% (54th)41.4% (270th)
Effective FG%52.9% (43rd)45.6% (328th)
2-pt FG %50.0% (147th)46.3% (295th)
3-pt FG %38.4% (8th)29.2% (334th)
FT %73.1% (98th)66.0% (310th)
Team Fouls Per Game17.1 (131st)16.9 (117th)
Opp Team Fouls Per Game17.7 (180th)18.7 (97th)
FT Attempted Per Game19.5 (133rd)21.0 (73rd)
Opp FT Attempted Per Game16.8 (97th)17.2 (118th)
Opp Shooting %38.5% (12th)41.6% (95th)
Opp Effective FG%44.6% (18th)48.5% (130th)
Opp 2-pt FG %44.3% (28th)47.4% (103rd)
Opp 3-Pt FG %30.1% (38th)33.4% (194th)
Rebound Rate54.6% (15th)55.6% (5th)
Assists Per Game14.3 (63rd)14.6 (48th)
Turnovers Per Game12.1 (73rd)13.2 (171st)
Blocks Per Game2.8 (205th)3.7 (91st)
Steals Per Game5.2 (288th)6.0 (191st)
Opp Turnovers Per Game11.6 (305th)11.7 (292nd)
Opp Blocks Per Game3.2 (205th)4.1 (334th)
Opp Steals Per Game6.0 (135th)7.1 (291st)
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