UNC’s Early Offense

UNC’s Early Offense

Yesterday, we looked at Carolina’s efficiency in the early offense (first 10 seconds of the shot clock) versus the half-court (seconds 11-30 of the clock). Against Virginia, true transition (i.e, primary break) opportunities are always at a premium, but that doesn’t mean that a team can’t create plenty of “early offense” chances against Tony Bennett’s team (through things like the secondary break, put-backs, and BLOBs/special situations). And, as seen in the piece from yesterday, the Heels have been more dominant…

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The Primary Break: UNC-UVa. Quick Takes

The Primary Break: UNC-UVa. Quick Takes

Some quick statistical tidbits following Saturday night’s huge 65-41 win over Virginia. Carolina posted a defensive efficiency of 68.3 (41 points allowed on 60 UVa. possessions), its 4th-best mark of the season (behind Northern Iowa (63.6), Radford (64.9), and the first NC State game (67.5)). When adjusting for strength of opposing offense, however, this UNC’s best defensive performance of the season. After being shut out in the first half (0 points, 0 rebounds and 0 assists), Kennedy Meeks had a…

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Tale of Two Tempos?

Tale of Two Tempos?

Like usual, the Carolina-Virginia game is being billed as a tale of two tempos. That’s certainly the case on paper. The Heels have the 45th-fastest pace in the country (and 15th-fastest when considering only offensive possession length). Tony Bennett’s Cavaliers, on the other hand, are the second-slowest team in the nation (and the slowest in terms of average offensive possession length). But let’s dig a little deeper. When investigating how the Heels have performed (on both ends) in early vs….

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UNC vs. Virginia: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

UNC vs. Virginia: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

No big game can ever have too many previews, so… Here’s a look at tons of pace-adjusted stats for the teams and players that will collide tomorrow at 8:15 in the Dome of Dean. Specifically, the team stats (besides pace and offensive efficiency) are per 70 possessions. The team’s percentile rank among the 351 teams in D1 are also given. Team And Opponent Stats Stat    UNC          UVA Opp              UVA         UNC Opp       Pace     74.4   92%                        61.1   0%                OffEff  117.3   99%     89.4  99%         110.8  88%     96.5   80% 2P%      52.4   79%     44.1  92%          53.4  87%     47.1   70% 3P        6.9   40%      6.8  66%           7.6  60%      7.9   24% 3PA      18.7   26%     21.0  46%          19.6  36%     22.7   19% 3P%      37.1   74%     32.3  85%          38.9  90%     34.9   49% eFG%     53.4   78%     55.0  94%          55.0  90%     53.4   60% FT       15.5   74%     12.9  70%          11.2   5%     11.8   88% FTA      22.1   75%     18.8  67%          15.7   2%     16.5   92% FT%      70.1   53%     68.5  73%          71.5  62%     71.3   32% P        82.1   99%     62.6  99%          77.6  88%     67.5   80% OR       14.7  100%      7.8  99%          10.1  48%      8.6   90% R        41.1  100%     32.7  88%          37.3  87%     28.9  100%…

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Luke Maye Busts Out

Luke Maye Busts Out

Luke Maye set a career-high against NC State with 13 points, the continuation of a positive trend in scoring volume and efficiency. The table below shows his season splits divided into three segments: 1.) non-conference games ((Maye played in nine of the 14); 2.) the first seven ACC games; and 3.) the last six ACC games. As seen in the table, Maye’s per-40 scoring rate, as well as his True Shooting%, have skyrocketed over the past few games. That’s been…

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Starting Fresh

Starting Fresh

With the announcement of the sad news that Kenny Williams is likely done for the season following knee surgery, Carolina debuted its new starting 5 on Wednesday night in Raleigh. While this group hadn’t started a game together all season (and, in fact, had only logged 7:16 as a quintet), the idea of a Berry-Pinson-Jackson-Hicks-Meeks unit certainly wasn’t a novel one to Tar Heel fans. That lineup—the expected starting group going into the season—almost certainly gives UNC its best combination…

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The Primary Break: UNC-NC State Quick Takes

The Primary Break: UNC-NC State Quick Takes

Here are some quick statistical nuggets following Wednesday night’s 97-73 victory over NC State. Kennedy Meeks had 18 points and eight rebounds in just 25:51 of court time against the ‘Pack. Adjusting for pace, Meeks is now averaging 20.4 points / 40 minutes and 15.0 rebounds / 40. No Tar Heel since 1980 (i.e., the “pace-adjusted, per-minute” era) has had a pace-adjusted, per-40 20-15 season. Only four UNC players since ’80 have even had 20-13 campaigns (and they’re not exactly…

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Tony Bradley’s Development

Tony Bradley’s Development

Earlier this week, we took a look at Seventh Woods’ recent emergence. Fellow freshman Tony Bradley, who started off the season so strong (11.5 PPG (with a FG% of 72.2) and 6.8 RPG in 17.8 MPG through the first six games of his collegiate career), didn’t leave himself as much room for noticeable growth. But that doesn’t mean that his game hasn’t been developing in some areas. Let’s break down Bradley’s numbers from his first 12 games (through Kentucky) and…

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Pinson vs. Division I: The Stat-Stuffing Showdown

Pinson vs. Division I: The Stat-Stuffing Showdown

Last month, Adrian posted a comparison of Theo Pinson’s amazing productivity in points, rebounds, assists, and steals this season to box-score-busting years by past Tar Heels. I thought I’d take a look at how #1’s stat line stacks up to players nationwide this season. Notes: All raw data used here comes from RealGM.com, a site I find user-friendly, well-organized, thorough, and always up to date (they’ve updated Carolina’s stats the same day as a game sometimes this season.) Stats.ncaa.org has…

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Joel Berry’s Up-and-Down Season

Joel Berry’s Up-and-Down Season

It’s hard to argue that junior point guard Joel Berry hasn’t been Carolina most important (if not always its best) player this season. More than any other Heel, the team’s fortunes seem to rise and fall with Berry’s level of performance. Unlike Justin Jackson, who’s been a consistent scoring threat all season long, Berry has been prone to some peaks and valleys. Let’s break Berry’s season down into four even segments: 1.) the first half of the non-conference season (Tulane…

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