Cards visit #12 North Carolina

Cards visit #12 North Carolina
Xavier coach Chris Mack during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Wisconsin Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It is a place the Cards have never won.

They are 0-3 all-time against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

On Saturday, UofL (10-5, 1-1 ACC) will try to bounce back from Wednesday nights 89-86 overtime loss at Pittsburgh by beating the #12 Tar Heels (11-3, 2-0).

“Carolina is not very complex, they’re just very good at what they do,” UofL head coach Chris Mack said. “So on one hand, the x’s and o’s aren’t very difficult to prepare for, it’s the Jimmy and Joe’s that are. They run a Carolina secondary, I don’t know if you’ve heard of it and they’re gonna go from defense to offense as quick as any team in the country, so they don’t try to fool you. They’re not trying to change things up from game to game. They have very good players. They have a system that they believe in.”

North Carolina is 7-0 in the Dean E. Smith Center this season.

Their leading scorer is Cam Johnson at 14.8 points per game, but senior Luke Maye isn’t far behind. The preseason ACC Player of the Year is averaging 14.7 points and 10 rebounds per contest.

“He’s difficult, he’s crafty, you know I think when you look at him, you know, physically he doesn’t overly impress you, and then you know his skill level, his ability to pass and make his teammates better. He certainly is shooting the ball extremely well,” Mack said.

North Carolina leads the all-time series with UofL 13-5.

The game tips off at 12 p.m. on Saturday and will be televised nationally on ESPN with announcers Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor.

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