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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Louisville

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Tar Heels vs Cardinals, Part III

North Carolina Louisville
Record 22-10 24-8
ACC Record 11-7 12-6
KenPom Rank 14th 17th
Points per game 78.0 69.5
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 114.6(13th) 106.6(83rd)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 94.5(42nd) 89.4(5th)
Tempo(Rank) 69.7(15th) 65.6(135th)
Offensive eFG% 51.1% 48.2%
Defensive eFG% 45.0% 43.3%
Field Goal % 47.3% 43.1%
3P FG% 34.0% 30.9%
FT% 69.6% 66.2%
Offensive Reb Rate 40.4% 35.2%
Defensive Reb Rate 69.5% 69.0%
TO Rate 17.9% 17.7%
FT Rate 35.1% 39.1%

The third meeting between these two teams and both will be without personnel they had in the first meeting. For Louisville it is Chris Jones who was dismissed from the team. Jones' dismissal doesn't appear to have grossly impacted Louisville's efficiency numbers. It has been a mixed bag in his absence but against Virginia it was one of only five ACC games where the Cavaliers allowed an OE over 100.

Another key difference is the health of Marcus Paige. If Paige remains locked in as he was against Duke and Boston College, it bodes well for UNC's ability to operate against Louisville's defense. The issue lies with Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks being able to function against Louisville's front line. Johnson recorded a double-double in win over the Cardinals in Chapel Hill but just 2 points and 10 rebounds in the loss at Louisville. Hicks was a non-factor in both but in Meeks potential absence the Oxford, NC sophomore will need to step up in a big way.