CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The book is out on Joel Berry. Now it's time for him to adjust.
"In ACC play teams do a better job of scouting you, they know what your offense is," Berry said. "It's kind of hard to do some of the things you did towards the beginning of the season playing against the nonconference teams."
For Berry that's meant less room to operate inside the arc. In UNC's last six ACC match-ups, Berry has made a total of seven two-point field goals, compared with 15 three-pointers. This limitation has produced a relative slump for the junior point guard on both ends of the court.
However, while he battles to overcome this opponent familiarity, Roy Williams has reminded Berry that scoring isn't the only way that he can contribute.
During the 2016-17 Tar Heel season, Marcus Paige's shooting percentage took a frustrating dip, but Berry noted there was one thing in Paige's game he didn't change: his defense.
"A couple of games I didn't have a good shooting game and you could tell on the defensive end because my grade would be pretty bad," Berry said. "That's one thing that I learned from Coach and Marcus, just because the ball isn't going in, you can still have an affect on the game in other areas."