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Heels Embark on Three Hour Tour of Their Mistakes in The Virginia Game

Leslie McDonald on Sunday night thinking about his miserable practice is going to be the next day.
Leslie McDonald on Sunday night thinking about his miserable practice is going to be the next day.
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According to Roy Williams on his radio show Monday night there was no practice on Monday, instead there was a film session....a long film session((via Robbi Pickeral.)

After losing their third straight road game on Sunday, the Tar Heels didn’t practice on Monday, and instead watched tape of the game and had a team meeting. “It lasted three hours and 25 minutes,’’ Williams said. “Other than that, it was a wonderful day in the neighborhood.”

One of the blessings about being on the cross country team in college is you didn't have film sessions. Heck, there wasn't even such a thing as "hard" practices because you ran poorly in a meet mainly because such a thing would screw with the training. In sports like basketball it is different because there is a learning element and clearly Roy Williams thinks his team needs more teaching than anything else right now. I am not sure he would get much of an argument from anyone at this point.

Hopefully one topic covered at length in the film session is getting the ball to Reggie Bullock more.

“He scored 22 points and took nine shots [at Virginia],’’ Williams said. “That’s just amazing right there. … If your whole team’s that efficient, you’re never going to lose.

“And what we’ve got to do is be aware; it’s not an equal opportunity. Some guys can shoot better than others, some guys can score better than others, and we’ve got to figure that crap out. And we’re pushing them in a direction to figure it out, but still, they’ve got to do it out on the court. We need to work harder, when someone’s as hot as Reggie was [Sunday] night, we need to work harder to get him shots.”

Of course Bullock shooting 15-20 times a game is not a long term solution unless other players(namely James Michael McAdoo and perhaps P.J. Hairston) share some of the scoring load in a consistent fashion. Without other contributions, Bullock is going to be the focal point of opposing offenses and find the shot selection to be less than ideal. That will leads to a lower shooting percentage. However, beggars can hardly be choosy at this point and according to KenPom, Bullock is not only the best offensive player on the team but top ten nationally with an offensive efficiency of 137.7. He is also shooting 49% from three. The problem? His possessions used is 18% which places him in the "role player" category according to Pomeroy. McAdoo, Hairston, Leslie McDonald, Brice Johnson and J.P. Tokoto all have higher possessions used than Bullock which clearly indicates Bullock and the team are not doing enough to put the ball in his hands.

Not that all the problems can be solved with more Bullock shots and UNC has quite of few to resolve.

Williams said he went to everybody on his staff Monday, and asked for everyone to tell him the team’s biggest problem: “And everybody gave me a different answer. That’s good and bad. It’s bad, because it’s not just one thing. It’s easier to fix one thing. But it’s also not like we’ve got this glaring thing, that we’ve got to do this better. It’s also what you would expect from a young team, and we’ve got to keep after it.”

That UNC has so many issues to fix is both unsurprising and disconcerting. As Williams notes, it is easy to have one issue and fix it. Multiple issues will take a greater effort and chances are there is not the time or level of development to address them all.

In other words, expect more bumpy road ahead.