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Heels vs Jackets, Part 2

North Carolina Georgia Tech
Record 20-9 12-17
ACC Record 10-6 3-14
KenPom Rank 16th 81st
Points per game 78.1 63.7
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 113.7(16th) 100.8(201st)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 94.8(46th) 93.5(29th)
Tempo(Rank) 69.9(15th) 64.1(221st)
Offensive eFG% 50.6% 44.8%
Defensive eFG% 45.1% 48.7%
Field Goal % 47.0% 41.0%
3P FG% 33.2% 27.6%
FT% 69.0% 65.2%
Offensive Reb Rate 40.8% 38.4%
Defensive Reb Rate 69.5% 74.2%
TO Rate 18.0% 19.5%
FT Rate 36.5% 34.7%

With the oddity of ACC scheduling, UNC will face Georgia Tech for the second time in just eleven days. That sort of makes our regular peek at the numbers a bit redundant except UNC has seen some shifts in the efficiency ratings since February 21st.

UNC 89-60 win over Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill was UNC's third best offensive efficiency of the season including a season best eFG% of 66.4. Since then the Tar Heel offense has sputtered with a season low 76.1 efficiency against NC State then a 102.7 vs Miami thanks to 15 turnovers.

Georgia Tech's defense is still formidable and the fact the Tar Heels are going on the road likely precludes a repeat of the offensive noise the Tar Heels made in Chapel Hill. The Yellow Jackets' size, which was seemingly a non-factor in the first game will look to keep Brice Johnson and Kennedy Meeks in check.

The Tar Heels have shown improvement of late on the defensive end holding three of the last four teams UNC 100 in offensive efficiency. The Tar Heels' overall defensive efficiency is back down to 94 after topping out at over 96. Given the Yellow Jacket's offensive capabilities, this could serve as another opportunity to reduce that number further.