The dreaded end of the exam week game which always promises to be a little haphazard. That wasn't the case after the layoff last week but one would expect ECU to be a little better that East Tennessee State.This is also another one of those games versus a former Tar Heel which is a staple of November and December under Roy Williams.
UNC welcomes Jeff Lebo back to the Dean Smith Center. Lebo played guard for UNC from 1985-1989 and appears prominently on the lists for prolific three point shooters in Tar Heel history. Lebo is fifth in three pointers made in his career and second in three point shooting percentage at 42.8%. Incidentally, UNC assistant coach is sixth in three pointers made and first in shooting percentage at 43.5%. Lebo and Davis were teammates during the 1988-89 season.
Lebo's Pirates are 6-1 on the season with only three of those wins coming against Division I teams. The Pirates' have some size starting with leading scorer and second leading rebounder is 6-8 senior forward Maurice Kemp who actually has a fairly impressive line so far.
16.7 ppg. 8.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.0 bpg.
That is what they call stuffing the stat sheet. Joining Kemp on the interior is Robert Simpson, also 6-8 and leading the team in rebounds with 8.9 per game and third in scoring at 9.6 ppg. ECU's only other player averaging in double figures is PG Miguel Paul at 12.6 ppg and 4.2 apg. Paul's numbers are actually down from last season, owed in part to playing four fewer minutes per game.Overall, ECU has the personnel to give UNC some trouble, just how much remains to be seen.
On the UNC side of things, Leslie McDonald and P.J. Hairston will still garner much attention as it remains to be seen if their level of play can remain at the level it has been for two games. Of all the players on the roster, these two look as though they are getting more comfortable in their roles than anyone else. Obviously the continued development of the freshmen and the who will play at center remains a point of interest in these early games. The issue of free throw shooting or the lack of it is a point of concern. UNC has not been nearly as aggressive getting to the line as witnessed by a FTA/FGA of 21.1 which is 345th nationally. This number is the ratio of free throws attempted to field goals attempted. Under Roy Williams, UNC has been routinely around 37 in this category. Some of this stems from more three point shooting but UNC needs to get more from the free throw line as the season progresses.
UNC 85 ECU 61