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Getting to Know North Carolina

North Carolina finds themselves 13-3 on the season after splitting their first two ACC games. Georgia Tech defeated Carolina in their opening ACC game and Carolina just barely escaped Clemson with an Overtime victory. What do you need to know before this Saturday’s game as the Wolfpack travel up the road to UNC?

The Tarheels have had 38 total turnovers in their first two ACC games…

Roy Williams cannot like that trend which has cost his team possessions offensively and consequently giving opponents easy baskets. The Yellow Jackets capitalized on 20 UNC turnovers in their first ACC game and the Tigers almost beat the heels as they committed 18 in their second conference matchup. Joel Berry has had an excellent season; however, he has led the turnover charge for Carolina. Berry has 11 total turnovers in the last two games compared to just four assists.

Carolina is scoring 87.9 PPG and averaging 18.2 APG…

Justin Jackson and Joel Berry lead the Tarheels in PPG as they are averaging 17.4 and 15.1 respectively. Jackson is a matchup nightmare with his 6 foot 8-inch frame allowing him to shoot over smaller guards. Jackson also has tons of experience playing in big games throughout his career. In addition to Jackson, Joel Berry has been playing well! Berry is coming off a big scoring game as he posted 31 points on the Tigers as well as knocking down 7 of 10 threes. North Carolina excels at playing fast, pushing the pace on missed shots as well as made shots. Carolina wants a fast pace game in the high 80s and 90s as that caters to their style of play. In two of Carolina’s three losses they failed to score 70 points.

Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks give UNC size and athleticism in the front court…

Carolina thrives at beating teams on the glass with a plus 14 in rebounding margin. Kennedy Meeks averages 9.9 rebounds per game as he uses his wide frame to neutralize opposing big men from rebounding. Hicks, on the other hand, is more athletic using his raw abilities to out hustle and jump for rebounds. Isaiah Hicks is a nightmare on the offensive glass with his quick ability to jump and reload to jump again to keep the ball alive.

Theo Pinson is back
Pinson has been out all season with a right foot injury, but will make his season debut against the Pack. Pinson played over 18 minutes per game last season and scored over 4ppg. He’s not a game changer for the Heels but he does add depth.

Carolina will look to clean up their turnovers issues and play better in all facets of the game. They have had two eye awaking games to start conference play, cementing the fact that any team can win on a given night. Roy Williams will want his group to rebound and run come Saturday! Look for Carolina to dump the ball to Meeks early as the big man has had big games aginst the Pack throughout his career. North Carolina will have lots of energy as Saturday is their first home ACC game.

17 Comments

17 Comments

  1. Wolfer96

    January 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Yow had a real chance at shaping the future of Wolfpack basketball and she hired a car salesman.

    • wolfpack74

      January 10, 2017 at 6:36 am

      I’m glad you didn’t say used car salesman, because that would imply that players stay around. Look how many have left and more will after this year. It’s musical chairs at NCSU. Problem is it’s not the head coach that is leaving. How much is his by out?

  2. Wolfer96

    January 9, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    BTW, guess who is the highest paid State of NC employee? Our awesome coach.

  3. RIZ DOLLA

    January 8, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    On a good note for today NC State Women’s basketball doing their thing! Dang I said i wasnt going to post but I had to give a shout out to them!!!! Keep up the good work and coaching!!! WFU up next on Sunday 2pm lets take care of business on that day also!! Great Job!!!

  4. wolfpack74

    January 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Ok PackInsider Staff, turn this bunch of shit into a positive. Times up. Bring on wrestling and girls basketball and baseball.

  5. RIZ DOLLA

    January 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    51 points… didnt want to put any explicit words up here…

  6. RIZ DOLLA

    January 8, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    WTF why is Hicks in the game instead of Kapita!!!! I think coach Gott is senile…. Real talk! not trying to be funny but it dont add up… Any good players we have will most likely transfer its been a trend.

    • RIZ DOLLA

      January 8, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      My bad I said I wasnt going to post anymore today…………………………………….

    • wolfpack74

      January 9, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Check out what Kyle Washington is doing at Cincinnati.

  7. RIZ DOLLA

    January 8, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    For that short stint he was in Ted Kapita gave us the most energy and effectiveness down low. Why is he not in the game? You know what Im done posting is making me more depressed….

    • Wolfer96

      January 8, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      I’m at a point where performances like this aren’t surprising and I’m not even getting upset anymore. Wolfpack Nation has to decide if they want to compete for ACC and National titles. If they do Gott is not the guy. People keep comparing Gott to Lowe and Sendek. Those guys are not where you set the bar because a bar shouldn’t be set that low.

  8. Wolfer96

    January 8, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Why is Abu in the game? He can’t play defense, he can’t catch a pass, he can’t hold on to the ball. And he’s walking back on defense and losing his man time and time again?

  9. Wolfer96

    January 8, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    No discipline on offense, defense, transition defense. Can’t pass, don’t know the difference between a good shot and a bad one. Just a horribly coached squad out there.

  10. RIZ DOLLA

    January 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    SMH. We look like a HS team out there. I’m trying and have tried to hang in there with coach Gott but he is just not qualified for NCAA. Sorry…. Even if we come back which I doubt he needs to go..

    • Wolfer96

      January 8, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      I’ve been saying it for years now. He is a shit coach. That half was an embarrassment.

    • wolfpack74

      January 8, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      No comment. Packinsider Staff wants only positive comments. Damn bunch of snowflakes.

      • RIZ DOLLA

        January 8, 2017 at 7:09 pm

        I didnt see any positive in the first half of this game. So cant post whats not happening. NCSU needs to put up money or somehow entice a quality and qualified coach to come to NCSU. I feel bad for the kids on this team. SMH

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