Just three days after falling in a tough overtime game at Pittsburgh, Louisville marched into in Chapel Hill on Saturday and came away with an impressive 83–62 win over North Carolina. It was the Cardinals’ first-ever win (in four tries) at the Dean Dome, and the 21-point margin was the most ever in a home loss for the Tar Heels under Roy Williams.
Here are three thoughts on Louisville’s statement win:
The Cardinals Took Another Step Forward Under Chris Mack
Even before Saturday, Louisville had clearly overachieved in Chris Mack’s first season so far, with Wednesday’s loss to the Panthers having been its only one to a team that wasn’t in this week’s AP top 25. A late November home win over Michigan State was its clear marquee win of the season, but it can now add the big win in Chapel Hill to a résumé that also includes a road win over Seton Hall as it continues to make its case for an at-large NCAA tournament bid.