The No. 6 North Carolina Tar Heels (18-3, 5-1), are looking to improve their record to 19-3 as they head to Winston-Salem to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (11-10, 2-5). In what used to be a game that Wake fans all around used to get excited about, a relegation of sorts has taken place, much like the rest of the basketball hype over the past two years.
Nonetheless, it is Wake Forest vs North Carolina, and I'm sure the students that haven't attended a game yet this year (or in their life) will venture out to get all the good seats and support North Caro....errr the Deacs.
Late tip tonight at 9, so it will be very much the R-rated crowd, as will most of the play on the court be as well in all likelihood. Hopefully Roy Williams will allow his players to play all 40 minutes before removing their masculinity in the locker room.
Click through the jump for actual statistical analysis about the game.
|Adj. Efficiency||114.1 13||87.9 11||100.4|
|Adj. Tempo||74.6 5||66.8|
|Effective FG%:||52.1 64||44.9 34||48.9|
|Turnover %:||17.3 20||19.5 232||20.7|
|Off. Reb. %:||40.5 8||27.3 21||32.4|
|FTA/FGA:||38.8 116||17.3 1||36.5|
|3P%:||36.3 94||32.7 106||34.3|
|2P%:||51.4 55||42.4 16||47.7|
|FT%:||64.6 291||69.2 194||68.8|
|Block%:||6.0 11||14.8 19||9.3|
|Steal%:||9.1 120||10.1 141||9.7|
|3PA/FGA:||22.5 341||37.2 304||32.9|
|A/FGM:||58.8 55||49.0 72||53.6|
|Point Distribution (% of total points)|
|3-Pointers:||19.0 333||35.9 8||27.5|
|2-Pointers:||61.6 10||52.4 166||52.1|
|Free Throws:||19.4 219||11.7 345||20.4|
|Strength of Schedule|
|Components:||103.5 30||99.1 94||100.4|
|Bench Minutes:||29.9% 204||31.2%|
|Experience:||1.43 yrs 243||1.65|
|Effective Height:||+4.8 2||0.0|
|Average Height:||79.2" 1||76.5"|
The biggest problem that the Deacs face by looking at the numbers is obviously the height and rebounding of the Tar Heels. UNC ranks 8th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage @ 40.5% (they grab nearly 41% of all their misses).
North Carolina ranks first in the country in points per game and rebounds per game. Both of which are inflated by their tempo (74.5, 6th in the NCAA), but make no mistake, the Heels are quite good at what they do.
They do a slightly worse job on the defensive boards, but given the nature of Wake on the offensive rebounding (26.5%, 315th in the country), I don't think that will be a worrisome number for the Heels tonight.
The Heels do a great job of protecting the ball, despite the shockingly high turnover rate of Kendall Marshall (Marshall's 30.1 rate is much higher than any Wake player that plays significant time, the closest is Nikita Mescheriakov at 22.3).
Marshall makes up for it with his assist rate of 43.2, which is good enough for 6th best in the country.
Once again, the Deacs do not generate a lot of steals/turnovers at all (19.5%, 232nd in the NCAA), so the Heels are strongly favored in that area once again as well.
The only one of the Four Factors that the Deacs are favored in when UNC has the ball is FTA/FGA rate. To put it in laymen terms, Wake doesn't foul that much, and UNC doesn't get to the line that much.
On the other end, not so shockingly, UNC's opponents hardly ever get to the line, and in fact they lead the country in defensive FTA/FGA rate at 17.3. So even though Wake does a very good job of getting to the line on offense (43.1, 42nd in the country), they are at a large disadvantage because UNC always plays 8 on 5 (in all seriousness, UNC is very disciplined on defense and that's why they don't foul a lot).
To say that the Deacs have been struggling offensively would be putting it quite kindly for Jeff Bzdelik's squad. Shooting under 40%, and having more turnovers than assists in most of the games in-conference is not a recipe for success, and is rather one for disaster.
Against the fast tempo of UNC, the Deacs are going to have to slow it down, be efficient, and protect the ball if they want to have any chance to win (I'M LOOKING AT YOU TONY CHENNAULT).
If Chase could play like he did against Clemson in crunch time instead of floating around the perimeter all game, then he could be potentially a large threat as well.
I would assume that the starting lineups will be the same for both teams. Wake could switch in Carson Desrosiers for Nikita to start the game, but that wouldn't really do much in my opinion based off of what we saw on Saturday against Clemson, and especially last Wednesday against FSU.
UNC Projected Starting Lineup:
Reggie Bullock (taking over for the injured Strickland)
The Lesser Zeller
Stretch Armstrong (John Henson)
Wake Forest Projected Starting Lineup
Here's a look at UNC's roster, as well as their stats on the year:
|James Michael McAdoo||21||13.6||5.4||3.6||0.3||0.7||0.2||1.0||.410||.596||.000|
UNC is clearly the more talented team, and also playing their best basketball of the season in the three games after the FSU embarrassment. They have started hitting threes, and have the inside game to compliment it. Even though Stickland is out for the year with a torn ACL, and a lack of depth at the point is a big problem, the Heels are still a strong national title contender.
Obviously the same cannot be said of Wake, who has struggled mightily since entering conference play. This is a tough stretch for the Deacs and they need to keep their heads up before they reach the more manageable part of the schedule with home games against the lower part of the conference.
UNC will take care of this game pretty easily, but I think that the Deacs may be able to manage a back door cover if they play hard the entire game. Not a lot of moral consolation, but this game is just a huge mismatch on paper and will likely be one n the court. I hate to be so negative, but that's what I see. Hopefully I will get proven wrong by the guys on the hardwood.
I'll take UNC 87-62, but hopefully Wake will keep at least the first half interesting.