University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino warned his players.
Pitino said the Cardinals' poor defense and rebounding would doom them and it happened on Sunday in the title game of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in Uncasville, Conn.
No. 3 U of L saw its school-record 21-game winning streak come to an end with a 93-84 decision to No. 19 North Carolina.
Russ Smith had 36 points on 11 of 21 from the field, while Chris Jones had 18 points for the Cardinals.
But the Cardinals hit just 26 of 67 from the field, including 11 of 30 three-pointers, and had 14 turnovers and just three assists.
The game was tied 44-44 at halftime and the Cardinals led early in the second half. But the Tar Heels had two 8-0 runs and dominated much of the play in the final 15 minutes.
North Carolina beat the Cardinals down the floor four times during a stretch of seven possessions to extend the lead as much as 13 points.
Smith's 36-point effort was a career high.
While the Cardinals picked up 54 points from Smith and Jones, there was only a combined seven points from the other three starters. Montrezl Harrell had five points but fouled out with just over seven minutes left.
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