Carolina went to the Big Apple to face unbeaten Villanova in the first round of the Holiday Festival Tournament, and came out victorious 80-64.
USC came out firing on all cylinders as they raced out to a 23-7 lead midway through the first stanza, and led by 17 at the break. The Wildcats made a mini run in the second half, but could get no closer than nine points.
It was a coming out party for two great freshmen, Alex English and Mike Dunleavy. English led the scoring parade with 23 points, and added 13 boards. Dunleavy chipped in with 14 points and 6 assists.