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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Virginia Tech

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Tar Heels vs Hokies

North Carolina Virginia Tech
Record 13-4 8-8
ACC Record 3-1 0-3
KenPom Rank 9th 184th
Points per game 79.6 69.0
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 114.3(12th) 101.7(157th)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 91.0(22nd) 103.0(213th)
Tempo(Rank) 70.3(16th) 66.2(136th)
Offensive eFG% 49.4% 53.4%
Defensive eFG% 41.9% 47.6%
Field Goal % 45.7% 47.0%
3P FG% 32.0% 40.5%
FT% 70.3% 61.3%
Offensive Reb Rate 44.3% 29.8%
Defensive Reb Rate 67.8% 62.1
TO Rate 18.1% 19.3%
FT Rate 38.4% 37.4%

This game is the first of three straight against teams outside the KenPom top 100. Virginia Tech is presently taking up residence in the cellar of the ACC with an 0-3 record just ahead of 0-4 Boston College and 0-5 Georgia Tech.

Virginia Tech's numbers are clear indicators why the Hokies are 0-3 in the ACC. The offense and defensive numbers are highly suspect and the rebounding, especially on the defensive end, is bottom of the barrel. The Hokies are 337th in defensive rebounding rate and will be facing the #2 team in the country in offensive rebounding. That likely won't end well for the Hokies. The rebounding issues are owed to the Hokies' lack of size. None of Virginia Tech's players over 6-5 play more than 20 minutes per game. 6-10 Joey Van Zegeren leads the team with 5.3 rpg, on OR% of 14.2 and a DR% of 16.2. Van Zegeren is also a little foul prone committing 4.98 fouls per 40 minutes in ACC play. For comparison Brice Johnson is at 5.87 fouls committed per 40 minutes.

UNC's overall numbers continue to trend in the right direction on the offensive end but has slipped a tad defensively. The Tar Heels are up to 91.0 on defensive efficiency which is ranked 23rd but the offensive efficiency is up to 114.3 ranked 12th. In conference only games UNC is 115.0 on OE which is second and 104.3 in defensive efficiency good enough for 7th. So far in ACC play UNC has faced some teams putting together solid offensive performances such as Notre Dame and NC State. That has acted as a bit of a drag on UNC's defensive numbers. The next four games could see those numbers improve given the caliber of competition and the fact three of those games are at home.