Go Figure

Go Figure: Points Per Possession

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(Before this starts, I need to add the disclaimer that I count points per possession the same way Dean Smith did. If you don’t know what that is, click here.) In Roy Williams’ first four seasons at UNC (2003-04 through 2006-07), UNC played a total of 21 games when it allowed more than one point per possession. The 2004-05 team finished 3-1 in such games, but the 2004, 2006 and 2007 teams went a combined 5-12 when allowing more than one point per possession.But since the 2007-08 season - a total of about 5.5 seasons, including this one - UNC has played in just 13 games when…

Go Figure: Anatomy of a Breakdown

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A lot of fan bases have a tendency to remember bad games as worse than they really were. “We couldn’t hit a shot” after Carolina shot maybe 40% for the game. “They (the opponent) couldn’t miss.” Obviously, no team has ever shot 100 percent from the floor. That I know of. Okay, that’s semantics. But last night, Indiana only hit eight three-pointers. It felt like the Hoosiers hit 80. They only had 12 fast break points, and that felt like at least 30 by Cody Zeller alone. And so last night, if you were watching and felt like Carolina could not hit…

Go Figure: Defensive Commitment

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So far, the young Tar Heels are allowing just 0.687 points per possession, which would be a record for a Roy Williams team at UNC. Sure, you’ve got to consider opponents, how early it is, et cetera. But under Williams, no Carolina team has allowed that low an average per possession in its first three games. The closest any team has come was a team that is reminiscent of this year’s young group: the 2005-06 squad, which allowed just 0.7179 points per possession in its first three games. That team ended as the fifth-best defensive squad under Williams at UNC, behind only two …

Go Figure: A Basketball Score

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During Saturday’s football game, I was trying to think about statistics, momentum-changing plays and the importance of one touchdown over another. And it all became almost laughable at some point. “Oh yes, Georgia Tech’s seventh touchdown was the most important game-changer!”And so like most ACC fans this time of year, my mind drifted to basketball. First, it went to Georgia Tech - the Yellow Jackets had an anemic offense last year and failed to break 40 more than once. The football team scored 40 in the second half on Saturday. Both stats are mind-boggling, for…

Go Figure: Catch Him While You Can

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It’s no secret that all season long, Giovani Bernard has been amazing, extraordinary, superb: insert any adjective you’d like. (Some informal adjectives, per my thesaurus, include “ace”, “A1” and “killer”. All seem applicable for Gio, but it also makes me wonder if my thesaurus is from the 1960’s.)If anyone needs extra incentive to come out to Kenan Stadium for Carolina’s remaining two home games against Georgia Tech (on November 10) and Maryland (November 24), he should be enough. Against ACC foes at home, Bernard has 62 touc…