A Top-25 matchup is on tap in the ACC, as the fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels

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Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork. Adrian Clayborn Jersey .com) - A Top-25 matchup is on tap in the ACC, as the fifth-ranked Louisville Cardinals take on the 18th-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean E. Smith Center on Saturday afternoon. Rick Pitinos Cardinals are sitting at 14-1 on the season with the lone loss coming a couple of weeks ago against rival Kentucky (58-50). Since then, Louisville has gotten back to its winning ways, with three straight victories, including wins over Wake Forest (85-76) and Clemson (58-52) to begin its first run through ACC play. Roy Williams Tar Heels arent the new kids on the block by any stretch of the imagination. North Carolina has been a powerhouse in the ACC for a long time and despite four losses, they are among the conference elite once again. The Heels are however, coming into this matchup off their first ACC loss on the season, falling at home to Notre Dame, 71-70 on Monday. North Carolina holds a 9-3 series edge over Louisville and won the last meeting, a 93-84 shootout last year at the Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff in Uncasville, Conn. The Cardinals are coming off a poor offensive performance against Clemson, as the team shot just .327 from the floor overall. The first half was particularly disappointing for the Cardinals, as they scored just 18 points on .222 efficiency and trailed the Tigers, 22-18 at the break. The team rallied in the second half though with 40 points to top Clemson and remain unbeaten in league play. Chris Jones led the way with 22 points. Fellow guard Terry Rozier poured in 15, while forward Wayne Blackshear finished with 11. All-America candidate Montrezl Harrell struggled though, finishing the game with just six points and six rebounds. The one constant for Louisville this season has been strong play at the defensive end of the floor. The Cardinals are limiting foes to a mere 55.5 ppg, while holding them under 36 percent shooting overall, including a mere 28 percent from behind the arc. The team also boasts of an impressive +5.2 turnover margin. Four of the teams five starters are averaging double figures, although the scoring pool dries up after that. Rozier paces the team with 17.0 ppg. Despite a less-than-stellar outing against Clemson, Harrell is still delivering on 59.7 percent from the floor and averaging 15.9 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Jones (12.8 ppg) and Blackshear (12.5 ppg) round out the potent quartet. North Carolina will put Louisvilles vaunted defense to the test in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels are averaging 80.1 ppg as one of the most explosive squads in the ACC. Guard Marcus Paige headlines the team in the scoring column at 13.5 ppg. Sophomore big man Kennedy Meeks is UNCs equivalent of Harrell. Meeks is converting 58.6 percent of his shots and is averaging 12.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Brice Johnson (11.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Justin Jackson (9.6 ppg) and J.P. Tokoto (9.1 ppg) provide more than enough scoring depth. Despite holding a huge edge in rebounding (43-26), UNC allowed Notre Dame to drain 10 3-pointers in the Irish win on Monday. North Carolina couldnt keep pace, shooting just .369 from the floor overall, including a mere 4-of-16 from behind the arc. Paige was just 6-of-17 from the floor, but he did lead the team with 15 points. Tokoto and Meeks each posted 12 points in the loss. Jeremy Hill Jersey . Catch all the action on TSN starting at 10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. Toronto won at Denver and Utah, but lost in Portland and Sacramento. The Kings loss was the most recent game for the Raptors. Jordan Matthews Patriots Jersey . - The Oakland Athletics say they are stopping negotiations to extend their lease at the Coliseum. . -- The Florida Gators are first yet again this season.GUELPH, Ont. -- The Guelph Storm are Ontario Hockey League champions after a pair of late goals Kerby Rychel will remember the rest of his life. Rychels second goal of the game with 26.3 seconds remaining gave the Storm a 4-3 come-from-behind win against the North Bay Battalion in Game 5 on Friday and their first OHL title since 2004. Before Rychel could play hero late in the game, he was already the Storms saviour when he scored his first of the night with just under five minutes remaining in the third period to tie the score, easily depositing a second rebound behind hard luck North Bay goalie Jake Smith. That set up Rychels dramatic goal in the final seconds, as he went hard to the net and snapped a rebound past Smiths blocker. "I blacked out. Its the biggest goal of my life honestly. Words cant really describe it," Rychel said. "I still cant believe it. I kind of feel like Im in a dream right now." It has been a dream series for the Storm, who came back to win Game 1 in overtime, Game 3 in the final 30 seconds with two quick goals and then the capper in Game 5. "Thats the way it goes. You have to play right to the buzzer," said Storm head coach Scott Walker, enjoying his fourth year behind the Guelph bench. "I have a great group of guys, they never stopped believing. They love each other, they play hard for each other, so it was great." Walker pointed to the dramatic Game 3 comeback as the turning point in the series, when the Storm finally showed the form that won them the Western Conference. "We played hard and we have a great bunch of guys, and when theyre playing theyre hard to stop. I dont know what will happen (in London), but thats the way you play." Rychel agreed with his coachs assessment about the teams penchant for coming back. "We didnt stop believing," Rychel said. "I really dont think we had our best game tonight, but I thought we could pull it out. Once we had it 3-3 then it was anybodys game." Up until the tying goal, the Storm had outshot the Battalion, but North Bay looked fully in control of the game. Guelph never led the game until Rychels second gooal. Troy Niklas Patriots Jersey. North Bay opened the scoring at 16:18 of the first on the power play when Nick Paul beat Justin Nichols, who turned aside 23-of-26 shots, with a well-placed snapshot from the left circle just inside the far post. The lead didnt last long as Brock McGinn blasted a shot from the high slot over Smiths blocker 50 seconds later. Brett McKenzies redirection on a Marcus McIvor pass to the slot gave the Battalion the lead once again with a minute left in the period. Barclay Goodrow put his team up 3-1 in the second period when he stole the puck from Jason Dickinson at centre ice and went in alone on Nichols, moving to his right before sliding the puck in. Just when it looked as if North Bay would cruise into the intermission with a two-goal cushion, Matt Finn took a pass from Robby Fabbri and walked into the slot before banking a shot off the near post and in with a minute remaining. Fabbri had three assists on the night for 28 points and was named the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award winner as the OHL playoff Most Valuable Player. Goodrows goal looked like it was going to hold up until Rychel went to work. "I think they deserved better and I think they should be playing on Sunday, but sometimes in hockey games dont go your way. Tonight was one of those things," said North Bay head coach Stan Butler. "As a coaching staff we believed in this group of guys and the way they played tonight showed the type of character they have. They played hard all the games. Im so proud of them, the way they played, but Im disappointed in the result for them." Smith meanwhile was superb on the night, stopping 34 shots in the loss. Now Guelph heads to the Memorial Cup in London, Ont., which starts May 16. In their last trip to the Memorial Cup in 2004 the Storm finished last in the four-team tournament. Rychel is going to soak it all in. "I was close in my rookie year, three wins away from going to the Memorial Cup. Now, I get my chance to go and its a great feeling," he said. "Were going to be ready for sure. Were going to enjoy this for a couple of days, but its a big event and well definitely be ready." Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China China NFL Gear Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Stitched NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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