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Month: March 2017

History of the NCAA Titles Leaderboard

History of the NCAA Titles Leaderboard

Carolina is three wins from NCAA title #6, which would break the current tie with Indiana and a certain other Triangle school who does blue all wrong and put UNC alone in third place all-time behind UCLA and UK. The count through 2016: 11 UCLA (1964, 1965, 1967-1973, 1975, 1995) 8 UK (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012) 5 UNC (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009), Indiana (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987), Duke (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015) 4…

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Carolina-Kentucky: Round 1 Recap

Carolina-Kentucky: Round 1 Recap

Due to life getting in the way, I haven’t had much time to blog recently. But here are some pieces I wrote following the first matchup: 1.) Defending Monk 2.) Defending Ball Screens (Fox) 3.) Transition D and Late-Game Execution There obviously no Kenny Williams this time around (who did the lion’s share of the work against Malik Monk in December). And, of course, Theo Pinson has returned to take Williams’ spot as the starting 2 (and likely assignment on…

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UNC vs. Duke 3: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

UNC vs. Duke 3: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

The slightly improved series history of Carolina vs. Duke after last Saturday: From       To         W    L    W% 1/24/1920  2/11/1928   17    2  89  2/2/1929   2/4/1956   30   38  44 2/24/1956  2/27/1960   11    2  85  3/4/1960   3/4/1966    4   12  25  1/7/1967  12/2/1977   26    6  81 1/14/1978  2/29/1980    5    5  50 12/5/1980   3/3/1984    8    1  89 3/10/1984   2/3/1993   10   12  45  3/7/1993   3/8/1998   10    2  83 1/27/1999   2/9/2005    2   15  12  3/6/2005   3/8/2009    7    2  78 2/10/2010   3/4/2017    5   12  29            Total      135  109  55 How it would warm my heart if Roy had K’s number as both their careers wound down after K sold out for the one-and-done strategy. Team stats per 70 possessions, with percentile rank among Division 1 teams: Team            UNC          dook Opp            dook        UNC Opp       Pace             73.0   85%                       70.3  48%                OffEff          116.0   98%      98.9   72%      114.5  97%     95.5   89% 2P%              51.8   75%      48.8   53%       53.5  88%     46.5   79% 3P                7.0   42%       5.0  100%        8.2  75%      7.6   34% 3PA              18.8   27%      16.5   97%       22.2  67%     22.6   18% 3P%              37.1   77%      30.0   98%       37.2  79%     33.8   66% eFG%             52.9   75%      47.7   82%       54.4  88%     48.1   77% FT               15.0   66%      13.0   71%       16.8  92%     12.1   86% FTA              21.3   66%      18.6   72%       22.4  79%     17.1   87% FT%              70.3   53%      69.7   61%       75.3  91%     70.7   42% P                81.2   98%      69.2   72%       80.2  97%     66.8   89% OR               14.5  100%       9.5   62%       11.2  78%      8.5   92% R                41.0  100%      33.4   81%       36.6  81%     29.0  100% A                17.3   98%      11.7   82%       13.2  46%     11.1   92%…

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Wrapping Up the Duke Win

Wrapping Up the Duke Win

While most Carolina fans have probably moved past the Duke game and onto the ACC Tournament (or March Madness/bracketology concerns), I still have a few loose ends to tie up regarding that big win to conclude the regular season. So let’s start tying: Efficiency by Possession Length Let’s break the offensive efficiencies for Carolina and Duke down by length of possession: Like usual, Carolina was more prolific in the early offense. The Heels used 46% of their total possessions in…

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Big Game Berry

Big Game Berry

#MauiJoel is back. That’s the guy who carved up Juwan Evans and Bronson Koenig to the tune of 46 points on 22 FGAs (10-13 of 2s, 6-9 on 3s, 8-8 on FTs) over the final two games of the Maui Invitational. Of course #MauiJoel was originally known as #BigGameBerry, the guy who won the ACC Tournament MVP and was inches away from a potential Final Four Most Outstanding Player award last season. And, now that the calendar’s rolled around to…

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Closing Out a Championship

Closing Out a Championship

Throughout the season, we’ve spent countless words detailing Carolina’s late-game execution in crunch-time situations. Oftentimes this year (including the first Duke game), the Heels have been out-executed down the stretch. Even in some wins (like at Clemson), the Heels’ late play (and decision-making) left plenty to be desired. But Saturday night, on the season’s biggest stage, the UNC close-and-late performance was top-notch. And, sometimes, it’s less about execution and more about just stepping up and making winning plays. We’ll start…

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UNC-Duke: Game-Day Notes

UNC-Duke: Game-Day Notes

Hey! I’ve been knocked out most of the week with the flu (did watch a copious amount of old UNC-Duke games on ESPN Classic in between naps), so didn’t get a chance to do much posting. I’m feeling mostly better today, though, so thought I’d write up a few pre-game notes for tonight’s huge matchup. The earlier UNC-Duke this season had 67.5 possessions, moving Duke’s record against the Heels to 8-3 in the Roy Williams era in games with fewer…

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UNC vs. Duke: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

UNC vs. Duke: Tempo-Free Season Box Scores

Carolina is 134-109 against Duke. The Devils are our most-played and most-lost-to opponent (State is a distant second with 77 wins), and our third most-beaten foe (Virginia and Clemson are tied for fourth at 131, so one or both of them is liable to overtake Duke before K retires.) One way to segment the series history is: From       To         W    L    W% 1/24/1920  2/11/1928   17    2  89  2/2/1929   2/4/1956   30   38  44 2/24/1956  2/27/1960   11    2  85  3/4/1960   3/4/1966    4   12  25  1/7/1967  12/2/1977   26    6  81 1/14/1978  2/29/1980    5    5  50 12/5/1980   3/3/1984    8    1  89 3/10/1984   2/3/1993   10   12  45  3/7/1993   3/8/1998   10    2  83 1/27/1999   2/9/2005    2   15  12  3/6/2005   3/8/2009    7    2  78 2/10/2010   2/9/2017    4   12  25            Total      134  109  55 We’ll try to salvage a season split Saturday a…

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Carolina’s Frequent Fouler

Carolina’s Frequent Fouler

 Isaiah Hicks is one of the most puzzling UNC basketball players of all-time. Because he can do things most collegiate players dream about, like putting opponents on a poster as seen here: But Hicks struggles to stay on the floor because he does a lot of this: Isaiah Hicks has committed four or more fouls in 31 of his last 70 career games. That’s 44 percent. While UNC was en route to their run to the NCAA Championship game a…

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