Sharpel Hill, North Carolina – In recent weeks, Roy Williams desperately needs his North Carolina squad to play more home games. The pitch high heels proved his point again, beating Louisville 99-54 on Saturday, winning the best victory of the season.
UNC (14-7, 8-5 ACC) improved to 8-0 at Smith Center, and the eighth ACC victory was locked in halftime. In the 20-0 second half, as the game time dropped to zero, members of the media rolled through the record book. Since defeating NC State 107-56 on March 9, 2017, Tar Heels has achieved the biggest victory in the ACC game with 45 points.
Louisville did not play for 19 days-the longest season performance in 54 years, and suspended COVID-19 after the victory over Georgia Tech on February 1, so practice opportunities are limited. Since the Cardinal cannot be compared with UNC, the start is good.
Tar Heels ended a closed game with a score of 21-6 in the last 7 minutes of the first half, leading by a 48-29 advantage. 48 points is the highest UNC scored in the first half of the season, and the 19-point halftime stoppage time is the highest this season.
UNC’s shooting percentage was 60.9%, the highest level since Wake Forest shooting 62.3% from February 16, 2019, and 44.4% three-pointers, while Louisville’s shooting percentage was 32.8%. Asphalt heels scored 26 points in 16 turnovers and gained 14 points in the second time.
Five Tar Heels scored in double figures, led by Day’Ron Sharpe’s 21 points and 11 rebounds and Kerwin Walton’s career-high 19 points. Armando Bacot contributed 14 points and 9 rebounds, while Garrison Brooks scored 12 points on 5 of 7 shots.
Garrison Brooks’ free throw allowed UNC to lead UNC with a 13:14 lead to a 15-13 lead before the end of the half. This is worth noting because this was the final score of Tar Heel who returned in the first half. The freshman had mastered control from that moment, scoring 33 points in the final half of the game and 16 points in the Cardinals.
Walton knocked down three-pointers and jumpers, scoring 11 points in that period, while Sharp scored 12 points at the basket. Walker Kessler and RJ Davis each added 3 points, while Love added a rim dunk to the buzzer.
Kessler had 10 points and 4 rebounds, while Love had 9 points and 3 assists.
UNC exploded and its struggle continued from charity activities. The Tar Heels’ free throw percentage (7 out of 18) reached 38.9%, reducing their season percentage to 64.9.
If the percentage remains the same, it will represent the worst percentage of free throws (62.6) for UNC since 2013-14, and the third worst percentage in the ACC era.
Caleb Love ended half of the game in amazement? ??? #ACCMBB | @caleb2love
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) February 21, 2021
UNC will withdraw from the conference again and host Marquette at the Smith Center next Wednesday (7 pm / ESPN2). The Golden Eagles (Great Eastern District 10-12, 6-10) have lost six of the past eight games.