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The Primary Break: UNC-Louisville Quick Takes

The Primary Break: UNC-Louisville Quick Takes

Some (semi-)quick takes on Carolina’s 74-63 win over Louisville on Wednesday night. I’ll be finishing the charting for this one soon, so will be break with a more detailed breakdown of the victory. Justin Jackson’s ACC scoring remains incredibly consistent. He scored 21 last night, and has now tallied between 18 and 22 points in 11 of the 15 conference games. His game-by-game ACC output is: 16, 18, 21, 19, 22, 19, 22, 26, 21, 20, 16, 21, 14, 20,…

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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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UNC-Duke: Crunch-Time Execution

UNC-Duke: Crunch-Time Execution

As it’s somehow cathartic, I’ll probably write a few postmortems following Thursday night’s Carolina loss to Duke. I’ll definitely do one that breaks down the Devils’ 13 made 3s by how they were created and which Carolina defenders were responsible. I’m planning to highlight Seventh Woods’ high-quality first-half minutes, too, in more detail. To start, however, I’ll simply focus on late-game execution—a common theme here at The Secondary Break after a close game. Even in its close wins, UNC’s crunch-time…

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The Primary Break: UNC-VT Quick Takes

The Primary Break: UNC-VT Quick Takes

Here are some quick statistical nuggets from Thursday night’s 91-72 victory over Virginia Tech. I’ll be back with a more thorough breakdown after I have a chance to chart this one. Both UNC’s 14 made 3s and 30 attempted 3s were season highs, topping the 12 and 27 against NC State. Carolina shot 19 first-half 3s, more than it’s shot in 10 full games this year (and almost as many as its average of 19.5 entering the game). Justin Jackson…

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The Primary Break: UNC-Boston College Quick Takes

The Primary Break: UNC-Boston College Quick Takes

Some quick (pre-charting) statistical nuggets from Saturday’s UNC-Boston College game in Chestnut Hill: For both teams, it was a tale of two halves in terms of offensive efficiency. Carolina scored 34 points on 37 first-half possessions (offensive efficiency of 91.9), followed by 56 points on 37 second-half possessions (151.4). BC, likewise, had an offensive efficiency of 86.8 (33 in 38) in the first half, followed by 132.4 (49 in 37) in the second. In total, the teams had a PPP…

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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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