I did not expect North Carolina would score an impressive win over Louisville Sunday. The Tar Heels struggled for much of their win against Richmond. North Carolina lost to Belmont. The Cardinals came in 5-0 and winning by almost 30 points per game. Roy Williams got to the winner’s circle against Rick Pitino’s squad. Marcus Paige was the star of stars for the Tar Heels, posting career highs in back to back games at the Hall of Fame Tip-Off event. He had 32 points against Louisville and remained the key outside shooting threat for the Tar Heels. He hit three of five trifectas on Sunday and has made all but two of North Carolina’s three pointers this season (17 of the team’s 19). Louisville’s backcourt was outstanding, but it was not enough. Russ Smith loves to perform on the big stage and he plays for the moment. He had a career high 36 points while backcourt mate Chris Jones added 20. This will serve as a wake up call for the Cardinals. You know Pitino will have his team prepared for an upcoming stretch of home games. North Carolina will gain a lot of confidence from this victory. The Tar Heels will be a very good team when PJ Hairston and Leslie McDonald come back. The question is, how long will they have to wait as the NCAA continues its investigation into eligibility issues.