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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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Throwing a Knockout Punch

Throwing a Knockout Punch

107-56. That was fun. It’s hard to remember a more thorough and convincing beatdown of an ACC opponent during the Williams era. The 51-point margin of victory is the highest against a conference team since Roy’s returned to Chapel Hill. And, according to my “performance above expectation” metric (see here and here for more on it), this was Carolina’s second-best ACC showing of Williams’s tenure. The Heels were nearly 42 points / 100 possessions better than the teams’ season-to-date Pomeroy rankings would…

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Scouting NC State

Scouting NC State

Strong Offense, Suspect Defense Like usual in the six-year Mark Gottfried era, NC State has been excellent on the offensive end (31st in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency) but mediocre defensively (108th in adjusted defensive efficiency). The ‘Pack have been remarkably consistent year-over-year under Gottfried: their offenses have always ranked between 10th and 35th in the country (averaging 27th), while their defenses have fallen between 76th and 150th each season (with an average of 110th). Offensively, NC State excels…

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