No. 8 North Carolina kept hitting the glass, making its free throws and hitting its outside shots.
The Tar Heels played tough enough, too, to push their way past No. 7 Louisville's physical defense and strengthen their grip on the Atlantic Coast Conference lead.
Justin Jackson scored 21 points and the Tar Heels pulled away after halftime to beat the Cardinals 74-63 on Wednesday night, pushing to a two-game lead in the league standings with three games left.
Kennedy Meeks added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (24-5, 12-3), who entered the day leading both Louisville and No. 10 Duke by a game. But the Blue Devils lost at Syracuse shortly before tipoff,...