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Tale of the Tape: UNC-Belmont

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Here is how UNC and Belmont stack up in the relevant statistical areas.

North Carolina Belmont
Conference ACC Ohio Valley
Record 2-0 2-1
KenPom Rank 17th 108th
Points per game 73.0 81.3
Points per possession 1.02 1.07
Offensive Efficiency(Rank) 110.2(35th) 106.8(74th)
Defensive Efficiency(Rank) 91.4(7th) 102.1(171st)
Tempo(Rank) 70.9(59th) 72.8(19)
Offensive eFG% 52.2% 54.5%
Defensive eFG% 39.2% 54.7%
Field Goal % 48.7% 49.7%
3P FG% 34.8% 27.8%
Offensive Reb Rate 28.1% 25.8%
Defensive Reb Rate 81.6% 66.0%
TO Rate 19.0% 18.6%
FT Rate 33.0% 65.6%

Since the season is fairly young, the small sample size caveat applies. This is especially true of UNC's numbers which have swung wildly from one game to the next because the two games in question were polar opposites in terms of how the Tar Heels play.

On paper, Belmont is a little better than UNC's first two opponents. One area of note is tempo. Belmont is 19th in the country in tempo with 72.8 possessions per game. The Tar Heels are at 70.2 but again the small sample is really in effect for both teams. Historically speaking Belmont under head coach Rick Byrd has generally been a middle to lower end of the top 100 in tempo meaning this game should be more to UNC's liking.

Another interesting data point is Belmont's rebound numbers which are not quite as good as one would expect for a team with decent size and experience at the key rebounding position. On the heels of a poor rebounding performance against Holy Cross, this area will be worth watching