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Wayne Ellington Makes Most of New Role
For most of this season, Wayne Ellington has been used nearly exclusively as a spot-up shooter. Before Kobe Bryant went down with a torn rotator cuff, 41.2 percent of Ellington’s shots were catch-and-shoot attempts. But since Ellington has filled Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ starting shooting guard, he has greatly altered his game, becoming the team’s top scoring option in the process.
UNC focuses on strong interior play against Louisville
Ideally, Desmond Hubert would be another big body in the paint with five fouls to administer, particularly considering UNC’s thinned bench. “Desmond is so good defensively,” Roy Williams said. But he’s no scorer, which would make it tough to play him Saturday when the Tar Heels likely will have to answer Louisville shooters Terry Rozier and Chris Jones when UNC drops in on the Cardinals.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Louisville
The numbers haven't changed too much since these two teams met three weeks ago. These two teams are also fairly even across the board. Based on rankings UNC is slightly better on the offensive end but defensively the Cardinals are ranked in the top ten while the Heels have slid into the 30s. All of that makes this a fairly even contest on paper.
Louisville hopes lessons learned for UNC rematch
The University of Louisville basketball team has a few results on this season's schedule that really bug them. The Kentucky loss, of course, when U of L shot 25.9 percent and lost to its archrival on its home floor. There's the Duke game, too, when Louisville again shot poorly and allowed Duke big man Jahlil Okafor to dominate the second half. But one game that doesn't seem so painful is Louisville's Jan. 11 loss at North Carolina.
Quick Turnaround Yet Again For Tar Heels
No. 13 North Carolina’s next task involves a pair of games against top-10 teams – No. 10 Louisville and No. 2 Virginia - over a 53-hour span on Saturday and Monday. The Saturday-Monday split isn’t new to the Tar Heels, who will be making the short turnaround in ACC play for the third time in five weeks.
Know Your Opponent: Louisville
The final day of January brings the first rematch of the 2014-15 season, as UNC returns the trip to Louisville to face the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks. The Cardinals boast one of the most consistent first-team lineups in the league. While the personnel hasn't changed since Jan. 10, Louisville's profile has shifted a bit. Their offense has actually been more productive in conference play.
Joel Berry to remain sidelined with groin injury for No. 13 UNC
North Carolina coach Roy Williams says freshman Joel Berry II will miss the No. 13 Tar Heels' game at No. 10 Louisville on Saturday and likely Monday's home matchup with No. 2 Virginia due to a groin injury. The reserve point guard has missed five straight games. He originally was injured around Christmas, then re-aggravated the injury in practice Jan. 13.
Video: Roy Williams Press Conference Recap - Louisville
Roy Williams and Brice Johnson discuss playing the Cardinals for the second time in three weeks and the team's six-game winning streak as the Tar Heels take on Louisville on January 31, 2015.
Westchester Knick Marcus Ginyard discovers White Plains and beyond
Westchester Knicks player Marcus Ginyard has played basketball in North Carolina, Poland, Israel, Ukraine and now White Plains: "Before I relocated to Westchester this fall to play with the Westchester Knicks, I spent four years of my professional basketball life in various cities throughout Europe. Germany was my first 'home away from home,' followed by Israel, Poland and Ukraine."
No. 13 North Carolina rallied to upset No. 5 Louisville on a last-second Marcus Paige layup three weeks ago in Chapel Hill. The Cardinals will be looking for revenge on Saturday. Tip off at the KFC Yum! Center is set for 4 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN. It’s been three weeks since these two teams got together in Chapel Hill, and the Cardinals have lost just once since.
Tar Heels Head To Louisville
Riding a six-game winning streak, North Carolina (17-4, 7-1 ACC) will begin a stretch that includes four road dates in five games on Saturday when it visits No. 10 Louisville (17-3, 5-2). Carolina and Louisville will meet on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. ESPN will televise the game nationally. Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale and Doris Burke will have the call.
Video: Louisville Road Game Preview
The first game against Louisville was an instant classic in Chapel Hill but what do the Tar Heels expect when they travel to Louisville to for the second game of the season against the Cardinals? Assistant coach Hubert Davis lends his exclusive insight with Jones Angell.
Tar Heels Hope To Hit Lucky Seven In Hostile Territory
The No. 13 North Carolina men’s basketball team, 17-4 overall and 7-1 in ACC play, travels to No. 10 Louisville, 17-2 on the season and 5-2 in the league, to take on the defensive-minded Cardinals Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in a pivotal ACC showdown. The Tar Heels will hope to be road warriors in the coming weeks as they strap themselves in for a stretch that includes away games in four of the next five matchups.
UNC vs. Louisville: A closer look
The No. 13 North Carolina men’s basketball team heads to No. 10 Louisville Saturday to take on the Cardinals in UNC’s ninth conference game of the season. The Tar Heels are 17-4 overall and 7-1 in ACC play, while the Cardinals are 17-3 overall and 5-2 in conference play. Here are a couple of storylines The Daily Tar Heel has highlighted for Saturday’s 4 p.m. tipoff.
Suns assign Reggie Bullock to D-League
The Suns announced that guards Reggie Bullock and Archie Goodwin have been assigned to the NBA Development League on Thursday. Bullock is averaging 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in 26 games, while Goodwin has played in 13 games and is averaging 3.6 points and 1.3 rebounds.