Heels vs Wildcats(again)
|North Carolina||Kansas State|
|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)|
|Field Goal %||48.6%||42.4%|
|Offensive Reb Rate||36.0%||39.3%|
|Defensive Reb Rate||78.9%||76.2%|
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.