Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 11/21/13
Associated Press There was a lot of excitement between both sides when it was announced last year that Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals would most likely face Roy Williams’ North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2013 Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic. Unfortunately, in the last few weeks, the potential match-up has lost some of it’s luster. The Tarheels started the season ranked No.  in the preseason AP Poll, but unfortunately they didn’t keep that high ranking very long.  In their second game of the season, Carolina was upset by Belmont 83-80 on their home floor. To make matters worse, it was confirmed on Thursday that standouts  P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald will not travel with the team to Connecticut for this weekend’s Tipoff Classic. Hairston ran into some off the court issues during the offseason. He was pulled over twice while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon and party promoter, which raised a red flag regarding improper benefits. McDonald’s issues haven’t been quite...
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