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ACC Roundup - Heels Have Issues

UNC wins but is overly dependent on its backcourt

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NCAA Basketball: Bucknell at North Carolina
Nov 15, 2017; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Joel Berry II (2) goes up for a shot against Bucknell Bison forward Zach Thomas (23) in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. 
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What to make of UNC’s win over Stanford?

Well first we’d guess Roy Williams is a bit uneasy about not having Cameron Johnson.

UNC got 29 points out of Joel Berry and 20 out of Kenny Williams, but the Tar Heels have been an inside-out team forever. Luke May hit six shots but two were three pointers. Theo Pinson, who’s 6-5, hit 4-8. Six-foot-nine Garrison Brooks picked up four fouls and basically whiffed.

Take away Berry and Williams and UNC shot 20-43, not horrible but not much inside offense either, at least not much you can plan around.

Johnson would at least provide an experienced forward who can shoot or drive.

Matt Farrell had a career night for the Irish, scoring 27 points to lead Notre Dame past Chaminade.

Unfortunately, it was in fact Chaminade.

D-II Chaminade.

So don’t get too excited.

Bonzie Colson had 23 points and eight rebounds. He also shot 8-11.

Notre Dame shot 53.8% and had just ten turnovers.

Potential problem: 18-26 from the line (69.2%)

Syracuse held Oakland to 18-59 from the floor for 30.5%. The Orange also forced 19 turnovers and out rebounded Oakland 34/48 to 24/33.

That’s giving up too much to have any real hope.

Check this out: Paschal Chukwu had 12 points (6-6), 11 boards and eight blocks. That’s pretty imposing.

Speaking of imposing, Tyus Battle is averaging 23 ppg.

What can you say about Pitt losing to Penn State by 31? Glad it wasn’t at home? That’s wretchedly bad.

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