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Cavaliers look to bounce back against Tar Heels

The good news for Virginia is that it has the chance to get right back at it and try to put the sting of a painful loss behind it. The bad news is that it will be playing a team that is attempting to do the same thing. That’s the backdrop for Monday night’s game in Chapel Hill.

Previewing Virginia

No. 13 North Carolina welcomes No. 2 Virginia to Chapel Hill on a short turnaround following Saturday’s overtime loss at Louisville. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 7 p.m. on Monday and will be televised by ESPN. Even with the one loss, UVa has an impressive resume with a top-25 schedule that includes road wins over No. 16 Maryland, No. 14 VCU and No. 8 Notre Dame.

Virginia Basketball Previews: UNC

Both the Hoos and Heels lost close games on Saturday. With a short turnaround before this Monday night matchup, the two teams will have to put those losses behind them quickly and get ramped up for another game. Which team will be able to do that better?

Know Your Opponent: Virginia

As the calendar turns to February, the ACC regular-season race is truly on after the top three teams in the standings all lost on Saturday. For Virginia, Monday is a second "game of the year" in three days as the Cavaliers travel to Chapel Hill. Instead of a two-game lead in the loss column with five weeks to go, the threat of falling from first to fourth faces the Wahoos following a stunning home setback to Duke.

Roles Reversed: Cardinals mount 18-point comeback to defeat UNC

Louisville grinded out a home win on Saturday, just like UNC did Jan. 10. Marcus Paige sees the similarities between the two games. “I guess in both cases, the teams either got fat and happy, as coach would say, or we let up,” Paige said. “To get outworked and see an 18-point lead slip away, I don’t think there’s any worse way you can [lose].”

With UNC next, Virginia has no time to stew over loss to Duke

Every streak ended Saturday for Virginia’s basketball team Saturday night. In shocking fashion at that. Every winning streak, every defensive streak, every ACC streak. And the No. 2 Cavaliers have zero time to brood, for Monday they travel to No. 13 North Carolina, the fastest-paced opponent they have encountered this season. “That’s the beauty of this league,” coach Tony Bennett said. Or the curse.

UNC "outcompeted" in OT loss

"We were up 18 and they outcompeted us," Marcus Paige said in the locker room after North Carolina's 78-68 overtime loss to Louisville. North Carolina fell 78-68 to Louisville on Saturday night in the KFC Yum! Center. The loss was the UNC's first in six games and move the Tar Heels to 17-5 overall and 7-2 in the ACC.

Lucas: A Significant Sunday

And now for the most important practice of the year. Carolina lost at Louisville on Saturday, 78-68, in overtime. There are plenty of stories to be written about that game. The Tar Heels were beaten on the backboards by a 46-44 margin overall but by a much more telling 22-13 edge on the offensive side. That doesn’t give the full picture, however.

Diminishing Returns on the Glass for UNC

No. 13 North Carolina leaned on its rebounding to rally from a 13-point deficit to upset No. 10 Louisville three weeks ago. The Cardinals played the role of copycat on Saturday, dominating the boards late in escaping an 18-point hole. In the first meeting on Jan. 10, UNC scored 17 points off 17 offensive rebounds in keeping Louisville within striking distance until making a late push with 8:23 to play.

UNC-Louisville: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes

Roy Williams: "Congratulations. They kicked our rear ends. Second half was not a very good basketball game on our side and it was extremely good on their side, but Rick knows his team a hell of a lot better than I know my time. I thought Montrezl was a little possessed. Today Rick just did a better job with his team than I did with my team. I didn’t do a very good job with my team."

Tar Heels Outworked in Collapse

There are plenty of statistics to highlight in attempting to explain No. 13 North Carolina’s collapse against No. 10 Louisville on Saturday, although there are none available to fully encompass what actually occurred. The Tar Heels combined a solid defensive effort with a control of the backboards, and even quality bench production to build a demoralizing 18-point lead with 17:51 to play.

No. 10 Louisville pulls away from No. 13 UNC in OT 78-68

Louisville has shot makers. They missed a bunch in the first half Saturday against North Carolina. But shooters shoot, and those Louisville guards attacked hard in the second half here in the KFC Yum! Center, filling holes created by their first-half misfires, and they stole the game in overtime. Louisville, ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press Top 25, beat No. 13 UNC 78-68.

For Roy Williams, Coach K is a respected rival

For the record, North Carolina coach Roy Williams has won a whole bunch of basketball games. But for the record, well, that belongs to the guy who coaches the guys his team’s fans love to hate. A thousand wins for Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. That’s a lot.“It’s just an amazing accomplishment,” Williams said. “He’s done it for 40 years and done it at a high, high level.”

Video: UNC-Louisville Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 78-68 overtime loss to the Louisville Cardinals Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Recap & Analysis: Louisville 78 UNC 68 (OT)

This is certainly a tough loss but not wholly unexpected. Winning a game during which a team holds an 18 point lead is ideal but Louisville should be credited for fighting back. After all this was a game between two very good and evenly matched teams. It was the reversal of the game in Chapel Hill and as much as it would have been nice for the Heels to steal one on the road, it is not an unexpected loss.

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North Carolina: 74
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Fri, Nov 18 TBD

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ACC Basketball Standings
TeamACCOverall
(3) North Carolina14-433-7
(4) Virginia13-529-8
(10) Miami13-527-8
(16) Louisville12-623-8
Notre Dame11-724-11
(19) Duke11-725-11
Virginia Tech10-820-15
Clemson10-817-14
Pittsburgh9-921-12
Syracuse9-923-14
Georgia Tech8-1021-15
Florida State8-1020-14
NC State5-1316-17
Wake Forest2-1611-20
Boston College0-187-25


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