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Four Factor Friday: Dissecting Duke

Four Factor Friday: Dissecting Duke

Duke beat North Carolina 86-78 (box score). Carolina falls to 21-5 overall and 9-3 in ACC play. Carolina has won only four times in its last 16 tries against Duke, and hasn’t won consecutive games against the Blue Devils since 2009. Let’s take a look at how the four factors decided this one.

Four Factor Friday: February Forecast

Four Factor Friday: February Forecast

North Carolina is 20-4 overall and 8-2 in conference play as it heads towards a furious February schedule. UNC has only eight regular season games remaining, four on the road and four at home. In this edition of Four Factor Friday, we’ll take a look at how the Tar Heels perform when playing at home versus on the road or at a neutral site. And then we’ll try to explain what it means for the rest of the season. Let’s…

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Four Factor Friday: 4 Questions (Jan. 20)

Four Factor Friday: 4 Questions (Jan. 20)

UNC is 17-3 and 5-1 in the ACC after 20 games. The Tar Heels have won five in a row after dropping its ACC opener on the road at Georgia Tech. Carolina resumes play at Boston College on noon Saturday. Now that we’re through 20 games, in this edition of Four Factor Friday, we’ll try to answer four questions using the four factors, box score data, and a couple different online resources: 1) What’s the most dependable factor for this…

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Four Factor Friday: Board Games (Jan. 13)

Four Factor Friday: Board Games (Jan. 13)

North Carolina is 15-3 and 3-1 in ACC play as it prepares to host Florida State (16-1, 4-0 ACC) Saturday at the Dean E. Smith Center. After 18 games, this Carolina team is excelling in one of the Four Factors more than any previous Roy Williams UNC team. We’ll cover how the Tar Heels are keeping opponents off the offensive glass in this edition of Four Factor Friday. Rebounding Totals versus Percentages North Carolina has grabbed 530 defensive rebounds to…

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Four Factor Friday: Conference Concerns (Jan. 6)

Four Factor Friday: Conference Concerns (Jan. 6)

This edition of Four Factor Friday highlights some concerns after the first couple conference games. Carolina is 1-1 in the ACC and plays host to NC State Saturday night. In what might end up being the worst ACC loss under Roy Williams, UNC turned in a turd and Georgia Tech beat the Tar Heels by 12 in the league opener. Carolina followed that up with a fever-dream performance, escaping Clemson with an impressive 89-86 overtime win on the road. So what’s…

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Four Factor Friday: Non-Conference Recap (Dec. 30)

Four Factor Friday: Non-Conference Recap (Dec. 30)

It’s Four Factor Friday and as the Tar Heels head into ACC play, we’ll take a look back at the 14 non-conference games. What went well? Carolina is 12-2 overall. The Tar Heels are one of five teams that rank in the top 10 in both offensive (118.6) and defensive (90.5) efficiency according to Ken Pomeroy. The reason why is UNC’s performance across the four factors—the building blocks of efficiency. Here is how the Tar Heels shape up in those…

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Four Factor Friday: Front Line Fouls (Dec. 23)

Four Factor Friday: Front Line Fouls (Dec. 23)

In this edition of Four Factor Friday, we’re taking a look at the free throw rate of three UNC big men — Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, and Tony Bradley. What is free throw rate? The more free throws a team attempts, the better opportunity it has to score and win games. This is measured through a team’s free throw rate. It’s the amount of free throw attempts divided by the amount of the field goal attempts. FTRate = Free Throw…

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Four Factor Friday: December 9

Four Factor Friday: December 9

Every Friday in the 2016–17 season, Chris shares a weekly column on how UNC is performing both offensively and defensively across one or more of the four factors. Now that the Tar Heels have played 10 games, let’s take a look at the four factor highs and lows so far this season. If you’re looking for a game-by-game four factor breakdown, go here: https://dadgumboxscores.com/four-factors/ eFG% Carolina is turning in an .550 offensive eFG% over the first 10 games of the 2016-17…

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