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Tale of the Tape: UNC-Kansas State

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Heels vs Wildcats(again)

North Carolina Kansas State
Record 4-1 4-0
Conference ACC Big 12
KenPom Rank #7 #68
Points per game 81.6 80.0
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 115.1(5th) 102.6(148th)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 94.1(25th) 95.0(30th)
Tempo(Rank) 73.7(52nd) 71.6(159th)
Offensive eFG% 53.0% 46.8%
Defensive eFG% 47.8% 42.6%
Field Goal % 48.6% 42.4%
2P FG% 54.6% 50.0%
3P FG% 32.6% 26.9%
FT% 69.8% 73.5%
Offensive Reb Rate 36.0% 39.3%
Defensive Reb Rate 78.9% 76.2%
TO Rate 14.8% 14.8%
FT Rate 33.7% 55.5%
3PA% 27.3% 32.8%

Unlike the previous three opponents UNC has faced, Kansas State actually struggles quite a bit on the offensive end. The Wildcats come in hitting just 27% from beyond the arc and just 42% on all shots. Kansas State also doesn't shoot the three that much with only 27% of all FGA coming from the perimeter. Still the Wildcats have a couple of players who have made the most of their attempts. 6-10 Dean Wade is 7-12 from three and shoots 79% from the free throw line. A big man who can go outside could present a match-up issue for UNC. Guard Barry Brown is the only other Wildcat that has shown regular ability to hit the three going 6-15 in four games.

The bigger challenge for UNC will be on the interior. Kansas State is a match for UNC on the backboards with an offensive rebounding rate of 39.3% while collecting 76.2% of opponent misses on the defensive glass. That is comparable to UNC's OR% of 36.0 and DR% of 78.9.  UNC's OR% is still below last season but took a step in the right direction last night thanks in large part to Justin Jackson. The sophomore guard's six offensive rebounds helped UNC to an OR% of 40.6 against Northwestern, the first time the Tar Heels have been over 40% all season.

Numbers wise, Kansas State is a solid but not great defensive team. The Wildcats do force turnovers with a defensive turnover rate of 22% which is well above average. On the other hand, UNC is at 17.1% for defensive turnover rate which should improve once Marcus Paige returns. For this game, UNC will need to find other ways to force turnovers.