CHAPEL HILL, N.C — Kenny Williams rolled around a display, turned the nook and appeared spooked. The Louisville males’s basketball workforce already had a fifty seven-43 lead with thirteen minutes left towards No. 12 North Carolina.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Williams lastly found some open area around the basket — and there stood Steven Enoch, at 6-foot-10, 260 kilos. Williams thought better of his determination. He picked up his dribble, turned and flung the ball back to the perimeter.
“Steve’s an enormous physique, and he can block photographs around the rim,” Louisville forward Dwayne Sutton stated. “When he’s down there, for those who do get beat, I feel like he has a superb probability of blocking the shot, or just standing in place, walling up and making a smaller guy like Kenny Williams miss it typically.”
The Cardinals’ 83-sixty two rout of North Carolina on Saturday proved that Enoch’s presence in entrance of the basket might be essential. There’s no substitute for his physical body. He made it troublesome for even the Tar Heels, who feast on offensive rebounds and inside baskets, to get to the basket.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams made that point in his postgame press convention, crediting Enoch — “I hope that’s the best way to pronounce his identify,” Williams stated, and Enoch made positive everyone within the constructing knew by the top of the day.
“He was a load for us, to say the least,” Roy Williams stated.
The end result was Enoch’s first profession double-double, 17 points and eleven rebounds towards one of many nation’s greatest rebounding groups. That got here three days after Enoch completed with 14 points and 7 rebounds (4 offensive) Wednesday at Pittsburgh.
Earlier than the Pittsburgh recreation, Malik Williams changed Enoch in the beginning lineup, and in fifty one minutes over the previous two video games, Enoch is capturing 13-for-22 and providing power off the bench.
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“At this time was a buildup (from) Wednesday, me realizing how efficient I may be on the offensive aspect and me being aggressive,” Enoch stated Saturday. “I feel like I took benefit of that in the present day.”
With Enoch controlling the low submit, Louisville earned an unlikely victory in the paint towards the robust, bodily Tar Heels. The Playing cards had more factors in the paint, 32-26, and outrebounded North Carolina, 40-31.
“I’m amazed at (Enoch’s) bodily presence, his athleticism,” Louisville coach Chris Mack stated. “At occasions, he’s a step sluggish, because he hasn’t performed the sport since he’s been in third or fourth grade. He has the measurements that I feel loads of guys on the planet would love to have. He’s received an NBA body. He’s received a vertical. He’s acquired a mushy contact, so for those who foul him he’s going to capitalize on his free throws.”
Louisville huge man Steven Enoch addresses media after the group’s 83-sixty two rout of North Carolina.
Jake Lourim, Louisville Courier Journal
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