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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Notre Dame

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Tar Heels vs Irish

North Carolina Notre Dame
Record 11-3 14-1
ACC Record 1-0 1-0
KenPom Rank 8th 21st
Points per game 80.8 85.9
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 111.6(16th) 118.3(2nd)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 89.0(11th) 99.7(159th)
Tempo(Rank) 71.4(13th) 64.9(230th)
Offensive eFG% 49.7% 63.0%
Defensive eFG% 39.8% 45.3%
Field Goal % 45.9% 55.3%
3P FG% 30.9% 40.4%
FT% 69.9% 72.2%
Offensive Reb Rate 44.4% 29.5%
Defensive Reb Rate 67.2% 71.9%
TO Rate 18.5% 14.2%
FT Rate 39.8% 35.1%

And now comes UNC's biggest defensive test of the season. Notre Dame's offensive numbers are pretty incredible. The Irish are 2nd on offensive efficiency, 1st in eFG% at 63.0, 1st in 2P% hitting 64.4% inside the arc and outside the arc Notre Dame is hitting over 40%. Five different Irish players have attempted at least 34 threes and hit 35% of them. Four Irish players are 40% or better from beyond the arc. In addition to the stellar shooting, Notre Dame is 3rd in TO% giving the ball up just 14.2% of the time. Needless to say this will be as significant a test the Tar Heel defense has faced this season, especially on the perimeter where UNC's three point percentage defense remains ridiculously low at 24.9% which is 2nd nationally.

The one caveat here is Notre Dame's SOS is 340th meaning the Irish have not been tested to the degree UNC. Of Notre Dame's 15 games, only one opponent, Michigan State, has a defensive efficiency(90.4) anywhere close to UNC's.

On the rebounding side, UNC's defensive rebounding rate continues to improve up to 67.2%. Notre Dame does not rebound well on the offensive end however when 55% of the shots are falling it tends to not be a serious issue. UNC continues to be a stellar offensive rebounding team and going against Notre Dame's below average defense, this game could very well be a shootout

A quick note on UNC's OE and DE rankings. The Tar Heels are presently one of only six teams ranked in the top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. As Chris once wrote a few years ago, that could be a sign of good things to come.