Breakdown: North Carolina

Kentucky takes on the North Carolina Tarheels Sunday in the East Regional Final. KSR breaks down the ACC squad.

Kentucky takes on the North Carolina Tarheels Sunday in the East Regional Final. KSR breaks down the ACC squad.

Kentucky vs. North Carolina

When: Sunday, March 27th – 5:05 p.m. Eastern
Where: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey

North Carolina Schedule (Last Ten Games)
2/23 at North Carolina State – W 75-63
2/27 vs. Maryland – W 87-76
3/2 at Florida State – W 72-70
3/5 vs. Duke – W 81-67
3/11 vs. Miami – W 61-59
3/12 vs. Clemson – W 92-87
3/13 vs. Duke – L 75-58
3/18 vs. Long Island – W 102-87
3/20 vs. Washington – W 86-83
3/25 vs. Marquette – W 81-63
3/27 vs. Kentucky – 5:05 p.m.

Record: 29-7

North Carolina Statistical Leaders
Harrison Barnes – 15.5 points per game
John Henson – 10.1 rebounds per game
Kendall Marshall – 6.1 assists per game
Kendall Marshall – 39.1 three-point percentage
John Henson – 3.2 blocks per game
Dexter Strickland – 1.1 steals per game

North Carolina Team Statistics
Points Per Game: 77.8
Points Allowed Per Game: 68.6
Field Goal Percentage: 45.1
Three-Point Percentage: 33.2
Free-Throw Percentage: 67
Rebound Margin: 6.5
Assists Per Game: 15.6
Turnovers Per Game: 13.3

North Carolina Breakdown
Like most Roy Williams coached teams, North Carolina is a team that excels in transition. They have many athletes who can and will get up and down the court and will force teams to avoid crashing the offensive glass with extra players. Another thing that stands out about the Heels is their length. Their front court goes 7-foot-1, 6-foot-11, and 6-foot-8. They also come off the bench with a 6-foot-9 player.

They aren't a great one-on-one defensive team and they will give you lanes to drive. But they have help on the backline, especially with John Henson. If Kentucky gets to the rim, they must finish strong or force contact and draw a foul. Kentucky's post up game won't be that productive because of the length that Carolina brings, however Kentucky will have to get Henson and Zeller moving and pull them away from the basket.

Kentucky will likely show some zone defense, daring the Tarheels to beat them from the perimeter. Limiting offensive rebounds will be a chore as the Tarheels are one of the nation's best rebounding teams.

In order to win the game, Kentucky will have to get positive production from every player who plays in the game. The Wildcats also need their three-point form to return as they struggled from outside against Ohio State at times. The Wildcats will need their forward tandem of Darius Miller and Terrence Jones to provide a rebounding presence and a defensive presence throughout the game.


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