Louisville's VJ King will play against North Carolina
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 23, 2017,
Feb 23, 2017, 5:22
-North Carolina is undefeated at home, winning its games at the Dean Dome by an average of 21.0 ppg.
The No. 8 Tar Heels will encounter an opponent Wednesday night more willing to operate at a brisker clip when No. 7 Louisville visits the Smith Center for a game with first-place implications in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Louisville shouldn't be concerned about stage fright as the Cardinals have already played - and won - several marquee games this season. The two bench players have combined for 115 offensive rebounds this year, good for over four a game.
North Carolina will host the Mountaineers in 2019 and 2023, while the two teams will square off in Boone in 2022. 14 Virginia on Saturday, and their closing stretch includes a return game at now-No. "Up and down and they like to press". The Mountaineers have won back-to-back Camellia Bowls and one Sun Belt title while going 27-5 in their past 32 games.
Wednesday features a marquee ACC matchup with No. 8 North Carolina hosting No. 7 Louisville in Chapel Hill.
North Carolina is coming off a 65-41 win over Virginia at home this weekend.
"It's kind of weird because we're used to scoring in the 80s and 90s", Tar Heels guard Joel Berry said.
Rick Pitino was outraged when he saw the way the Cardinals' schedule was laid out. The college basketball odds for the game have the Tar Heels favored to pick up the win in this contest.
Boone is part of an area once known as the "Lost Province" because of its geographic isolation from the rest of the state, and North Carolina's two highest-profile sports programs have made a combined two trips to Appalachian State. On the season Tony Bradley averages 7.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in only 15 minutes a game. "Over the next eight seasons we will be playing the series with UNC, in addition to a four-game series with ECU, and a home-and-home series with Wake Forest, Charlotte and Marshall".
But the Cards have one of the nation's toughest defenses - Saturday's 90-point allowance to Virginia Tech notwithstanding - Donovan Mitchell, a deep bench and a neat little system in which seemingly any of Mitchell's supporting castmates can be a surprise star for a night.
With four teams within two games of first place in the ACC, tonight's game will have a major say in how the final week and a half of the regular season plays out.