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No. 19 Louisville knocks off No. 2 North Carolina, 71-65

Damion Lee scored 24 points, including two free throws with 8 seconds remaining, to help No. 19 Louisville upset No. 2 North Carolina 71-65 on Monday, ending the Tar Heels' 12-game winning streak. After scoring just six points in Saturday's loss to Virginia, Lee lifted the Cardinals to a hard-fought victory over the first-place Tar Heels by making 8 of 12 shots. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Louisville

When Carolina has been beaten this year, which is rarely, it has very often been with dribble penetration. Louisville did it again on Monday night, too often getting into the heart of the Tar Heel defense and then scoring or drawing the defense and finding an open teammate. The Tar Heels will go home feeling like they left plenty of opportunities on the Yum Center court. (

Box Score: Louisville 71, North Carolina 65

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 71-65 loss at Louisville on Monday night. (View Box Score)

UNC Basketball No. 1 in Coaches, No. 2 in AP Poll

On Monday, North Carolina came in at No. 1 in the coaches poll and No. 2 in the AP Poll for the second straight week. The Tar Heels are riding a 12-game winning streak. The last time UNC lost was on Dec. 12th against Texas in Austin. Carolina is currently 19-2 overall (8-0 in the ACC) but is entering a tough stretch of games during the month of Feburary. (Carolina Blue)

Know Your Opponent: Louisville

Louisville has been a tough team to figure out so far. This looked like a possible rebuilding year in the fall, but an 11-1 start with a very impressive showing in a loss at Michigan State recalibrated expectations. Even at 17-4, however, it's hard to know how good this team is. Much like North Carolina, the Cards are staring at the teeth of their ACC schedule. (

Beyond the Arc: A week of comebacks and bouncebacks

Finding the Marc(us): Marcus Paige, UNC’s all-time leader in 3-pointers, broke an 0 for 18 drought dating back four games by making his first attempt of Saturday’s win against Boston College. He ended up making four 3-pointers and finished with 12 points, his highest total since hitting for 30 at Florida State on Jan. 4. (Wilmington Star News)

Three to know: No. 2 North Carolina at No. 16 Louisville

The real fun starts now. With a win today, North Carolina would move to 8-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2000-01 season. However, those eight wins have come against foes with a combined league record of 24-47. All but one of UNC’s eight league wins came against a team currently in the bottom eight slots in the conference standings. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC's Offensive Unselfishness

UNC's ball movement and passing have been steadfast qualities of the 2015-2016 team. Against Boston College on Saturday the Tar Heels assisted on 27 baskets. "I am not really shocked about that," sophomore wing Theo Pinson said. "We have a lot of unselfish guys that like to play together. It starts in the locker room." (Carolina Blue)

Preview & Prediction: #2 UNC at #16 Louisville

UNC heads to Louisville for the first of two tough games this week. Obviously there is much to be made of UNC's highly efficient offense going up against Louisville's defense. UNC is 3rd nationally in offensive efficiency while Louisville is 6th in defensive efficiency. Based on those numbers this is a true strength on strength battle. Prediction: Louisville 78, UNC 73 (Tar Heel Blog)

Joel Berry has been on point for streaking Tar Heels

While dealing with inconsistent play from a few Tar Heels during their 12-game win streak, point guard Joel Berry II has been the steady force on both ends of the court for North Carolina. In five of No. 2 UNC’s eight ACC victories, including Saturday’s 89–62 home win over lowly Boston College, Berry didn’t commit a turnover. (Raleigh & Company)

Pinson, Berry realize defense is the key

North Carolina held Boston College to 44.2% shooting from the field in Saturday's 89-62 win. More importantly UNC forced 23 Eagle turnovers and had 12 steals. The Tar Heels outrebounded BC 39-28. Activity on the defensive side of the ball, intensity, and forcing turnovers has been a focus for UNC as they head into the middle of the ACC campaign. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Back In Rhythm

After a long and sometimes frustrating wait, a key North Carolina player finally looked like he was back in rhythm against Boston College on Saturday. It’s Theo Pinson, of course. Who else did you expect? Pinson had suffered through a difficult January. After playing well in Carolina’s ACC-opening win over Clemson, the UNC sophomore went into a month-long slump. (

Louisville looking to bounce back vs. UNC

Second-ranked North Carolina is coming to town. Little more than 48 hours after Louisville's worst performance of the season in a 63-47 rout at the hands of 11th-ranked UVA, the 16th-ranked Cards (17-4, 6-2 ACC) have to shake off its frustration and refocus for Monday's 7 p.m. tip-off against the Tar Heels (19-2, 8-0) at the KFC Yum! Center. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Basketball and interior design? Globetrotter ‘El Gato’ Melendez does it all

Puerto Rican born and raised Orlando Melendez, also known as "El Gato" ("The Cat"), first discovered the Harlem Globetrotters by watching the "Harlem Globetrotters" and the "New Scooby-Doo Movies". But the 6-foot-8-inch, 220-pound 36-year-old forward didn't see the team play live until he joined the Globetrotters for the 2007-08 season after playing at North Carolina. (Wichita Falls Times-Record-News)

Tar Heels Visit Louisville Monday

North Carolina (19-2, 8-0 ACC) will play the first of three consecutive road games on Monday when it visits Louisville (17-4, 6-2). It will be a matchup of the top two teams in the ACC standings. The Tar Heels and Cardinals will tip off at 7:01 p.m. Sean McDonough, Doris Burke and Kaylee Hartung will call the game for an ESPN Big Monday national television audience. (

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