Louisville’s 83-62 road win over No. 12 North Carolina produced a healthy amount of notable numbers and tidbits.
Let’s quickly run over the most significant ...
—This was Louisville’s first road win over a top 15 opponent since the Cards won at No. 7 Cincinnati, 58-57, on Feb. 22, 2014. Russ Smith had a jumper in the closing seconds to pull off the win.
—Since 2014, Louisville had lost 10 consecutive road games against top 15 teams.
—Before Saturday, Louisville had never been a double-digit road underdog and wound up winning the game by double-digits.
—How long had it been since North Carolina had lost at home by 20 or more to an unranked opponent? Almost 64 years.
Louisville's 83-62 win at North Carolina was the Tar Heels' first home loss by 20 or more points to an unranked team since Duke won 91-68 in Woollen Gym on Feb. 4, 1955.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 13, 2019
—This was North Carolina’s largest home loss under the direction of head coach Roy Williams, surpassing a 69-53 home loss to Duke in 2013.
—This was North Carolina’s most lopsided home loss since an 84-62 home loss to No. 23 Wake Forest on Jan. 5, 2002. That season, the Tar Heels finished 8-20 overall and 4-12 in the ACC.
—A couple more tidbits from Kelly Dickey:
Today was UofL's first double-digit margin of victory as a double-digit underdog in over 20 years.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 12, 2019
Largest upsets since 1997-98 based on Vegas line:
16.5 -- UofL 79, UK 76 -- Dec. 27, 1997
14.0 -- UofL 63, Cincinnati 54 -- Jan. 24, 2001
11.5 -- UofL 83, UNC 62 -- Jan. 12, 2019
Dwayne Sutton is the first Louisville player in school history to have a double-double in points and rebounds combined with at least 4 steals and at least 7 assists. He had 17 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, and 4 steals in Louisville's 83-62 win at North Carolina.— Kelly Dickey (@RealCardGame) January 13, 2019
—Bizarrely, there’s also one negative number coming out of the blowout win: Louisville’s streak of 284 consecutive games with at least one blocked shot came to an end yesterday. Although Darius Perry had a clear block taken away by a goaltending call, and Steven Enoch certainly appeared to block this shot late in the second half.