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Tale of the Tape: UNC-Notre Dame

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Part three

North Carolina Notre Dame
Conference ACC ACC
Record 31-6 24-11
Conference Record 14-4 11-7
NCAA Record 3-0 3-0
KenPom Rank #4 #34
Points per game 82.9 75.1
Adj. Off. Efficiency(Rank) 121.6(2nd) 118.2(10th)
Ad. Def. Efficiency(Rank) 94.4(16th) 102.7(154th)
Tempo(Rank) 71.9(50th) 65.7(318th)
Offensive eFG% 52.2% 53.8%
Defensive eFG% 47.4% 49.2%
Field Goal % 47.9% 47.4%
2P FG% 53.7% 52.8%
3P FG% 32.1% 37.1%
FT% 74.4% 74.1%
Offensive Reb Rate 40.0% 33.0%
Defensive Reb Rate 69.8% 68.3%
TO Rate 15.4% 15.4%
FT Rate 32.7% 33.0%
3PA% 26.8% 34.2%

There comes a point where the presentation of the statistical comparison becomes a little redundant.

This will be the third meeting between these two teams this season and should UNC win it will face either Virginia or Syracuse for a third time. I can say with a high degree of confidence that hasn't happened before.

On paper and based on four halves of basketball so far this season, UNC has clearly been the better team. The only time Notre Dame won was the second half in South Bend. After staking a nine point lead in the first half, UNC was outscored 40-27 in the second half thanks in large part to Notre Dame getting to the line 37 times and hitting 31 of those shots.  In the ACC Tournament, UNC was +19 in the first half and +12 in the second on the way to a 78-47 win.

In the NCAA Tournament that might be meaningless. Notre Dame has found ways to win after following behind versus Michigan by double digits, needing a late tip-in to beat Stephen F. Austin and overcoming a sub-100 offensive efficiency game against Wisconsin. Although the number favor UNC with Notre Dame's less than stellar defense and plenty of evidence that the Tar Heels can keep a good offensive team in check, strangers things have happened.