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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Clemson

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North Carolina Clemson
Record 10-3 8-4
ACC Record 0-0 0-0
KenPom Rank 9th 129th
Points per game 81.3 66.5
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 110.3(23rd) 99.3(192nd)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 89.6(16th) 96.4(88th)
Tempo(Rank) 72.0(11th) 63.3(295th)
Offensive eFG% 49.8% 48.5%
Defensive eFG% 40.2% 44.1%
Field Goal % 46.0% 43.7%
3P FG% 30.4% 28.6%
FT% 69.5% 66.5%
Offensive Reb Rate 44.4% 34.6%
Defensive Reb Rate 66.4% 69.0%
TO Rate 19.0% 19.9%
FT Rate 40.8% 37.4%


There is a lot of "meh" in Clemson's numbers. The offensive and defensive efficiencies aren't horrible but not great either. The national average for adjusted efficiency according to KenPom is 100.1. Clemson's offense is a tick below that at 99.3 and a bit better on the defensive end at 96.4.

That puts a Clemson team that struggles a bit on the offensive end playing a Tar Heel defense that is once again holding teams to an offensive efficiency below 90. The Tigers also don't shoot the three well, 28.6% so far going against one of the best defenses in the country when it comes to opponent's three point shooting percentage. UNC opponent's shooting 25.1% continues to blow fans' minds. Complicating matters for Tar Heel opponents is the fact teams are still prone to shoot more three pointers versus UNC even though just one team, Kentucky, has shot 35% or better versus the Tar Heels.

Clemson is posting a decent 51.8% from two point range and has two interior players, Jaron Blossomgame and Landry Nnoko, with some decent rebound rates between 9-10% on the offensive end and 16-20% on the defensive glass. If Kennedy Meeks cannot play or is slowed, UNC could end up relying on a smaller lineup unless Joel James can give productive minutes or Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks stay clear of foul trouble. Regardless, Clemson's three point shooting, like UNC's, makes them a little one dimensional putting pressure on the Tar Heel frontline to defend without fouling.