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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs ECU

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Heels vs Pirates

North Carolina East Carolina
Conference ACC AAC
Record 5-2 4-4
KenPom Rank 14th 210th
Points per game 77.6 73.4
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 107.3(33rd) 101.8(115th)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 89.7(13th) 105.0(305th)
Tempo(Rank) 71.1(25th) 62.0(327th)
Offensive eFG% 46.2% 50.5%
Defensive eFG% 38.4% 50.9%
Field Goal % 42.3% 46.7%
3P FG% 28.8% 31.6%
Offensive Reb Rate 42.4% 26.2%
Defensive Reb Rate 62.3% 65.6%
TO Rate 17.9% 18.0%
FT Rate 43.5% 42.9%

There really isn't much of a story here stastically. Even with UNC's poor shooting that has driven the overall team FG% down to 42.4% on the season. It stands to reason that number will bounce back and playing an awful defense like ECU's is good way to make that happen. ECU is giving up 54% on two point shots which is 310th nationally. The Pirates do not rebound well with the 299th offensive rebounding unit in the country and 264th in defensive rebounding.

Of course ECU's defensive rebounding numbers are better than UNC thus far. The Tar Heels are collecting just 62,3% of defensive rebounds. After a first half against Iowa where the Tar Heels dominated the boards, the second half saw Iowa seize control on the offensive glass. Under Roy Williams, UNC has never had a defensive rebounding rate worse than 66.3%. The historical trend would indicate UNC will bring that number under control though a game looming against Kentucky isn't going to help.