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UNC Wins at PNC 67-54

Bad night for the good guys

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at N.C. State Jaylynn Nash-USA TODAY Sports

Game Summary:

It’s very difficult to win 3 consecutive ACC road games, and to hold each of those opponents to less than 60 points is almost impossible in the shot clock era. Hats off to the Tar Heels.

At the beginning of the game, DJ Burns hit a shot, and then we missed the next six - all decent shots – three of them layups. The optimist in me said “Okay, miss them early, hit them later” but the pessimist in me said, “This does not look good.” The pessimist was right. For the 2nd time in three games we only scored in the 50’s and shot less than 30% from the field. I’ve consulted experts, all agree this is a bad trend.

Now we face Louisville Saturday on their home court with them coming off the biggest win in Coach Payne’s career. We need to get our heads right very quickly.

Four Factors

Team eFG% TO % OReb% FTA/FGA
Team eFG% TO % OReb% FTA/FGA
NC State 28.4% 14.0% 27.5% 31.3%
UNC 43.7% 17.1% 31.7% 31.7%

Overall Takeaways:

This pretty much summarizes the game. Generally, the team statistics weren’t that far apart, defensively we held them below their offensive averages, we had 4 more FG attempts, it all came down to our poor shooting. They hit 6 more shots than we did, 5 of them 3 pointers.

Shooting Percentages

Team FGM FGA FG% 3PTM 3PTA 3PT%
Team FGM FGA FG% 3PTM 3PTA 3PT%
NCS 18 67 26.90% 2 21 9.50%
UNC 24 63 38.70% 7 21 33.00%

Keatts Comments

  • “In the first half our defense kept us in the game”
  • “In the second half he thought we hung our heads a bit when some of the shots didn’t fall”
  • “We had a lot of good looks, the shots just didn’t go down”

Individual Highlights

  • Casey Morsell went over 1,000 career points scored
  • DJ Horne had a career high 10 rebounds
  • This was the first Bacot / Burns encounter in which DJ had less than 4 fouls
  • Every player in the box score got at least 2 rebounds

Wolfpack Player Highlights

Player PTS REB ASST BLK STL
Player PTS REB ASST BLK STL
DJ Horne 6 10 4 1 1
DJ Burns 11 2 1 2

Box Score