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Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Notre Dame

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Heels vs Irish for the ACC title.

North Carolina Notre Dame
Record 24-10 28-5
ACC Record 11-7 14-4
KenPom Rank 11th 13th
Points per game 77.7 78.4
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 115.0(12th) 121.0(4th)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 94.1(29th) 99.2(107th)
Tempo(Rank) 70.0(11th) 64.1(205th)
Offensive eFG% 51.2% 58.4%
Defensive eFG% 44.9% 47.7%
Field Goal % 47.3% 50.9%
3P FG% 34.8% 38.9%
FT% 70.0% 73.3%
Offensive Reb Rate 39.9% 27.9%
Defensive Reb Rate 69.6% 68.7%
TO Rate 18.2% 14.3%
FT Rate 35.5% 36.3%

It has been over two months since these two teams play and in some ways the numbers are the same but also not. Notre Dame continues to be a top notch offensive team with gaudy efficiency numbers and astronomical shooting percentages. The defense for the Irish continues to be a problem though holding Duke to an offensive efficiency below 100 would seem to indicate otherwise. The Irish shoot threes well and also excel at the free throw line making this an even tough match-up defensively that Virginia offered.

UNC's offense is progressing with the three point shooting starting to look halfway decent. Justin Jackson has gone shooting 11-54 from three through the first 26 games to hitting 12-24 in his last eight. That raises Jackson's three point shooting percentage almost 10% from just before the first game against Duke. UNC with that kind of three point shooting becomes a very dangerous team indeed.