For the first time under Roy Williams, the Tar Heels have failed to score over 50 points in back-to-back games. This Tar Heel offense is not good, right now. Those are simply the facts. Shot selection continues to be poor all around and has only declined as the season has gone along. That has all started with the team’s primary ball handler, Cole Anthony, who has gone cold since his immaculate start to season, is simply trying to do too much himself, which is the reason why he is shooting just 8-30 in the last two games. The best offense for this team continues to be to go through the post, but they refuse to go to that consistently.
The defense can’t receive a ton of blame for this season, but they once again looked lost at times, leaving Virginia wide open way too often from deep. Communication was the big issue again on Sunday, especially on switches. The lack of a vocal leader defensively has begun to become evident. The struggles to communicate allowed to get open looks that they, unlike the Tar Heels, capitalized on enough of those chances to win.
This Tar Heel team simply has no rhythm or confidence right now. They will have to hope they can find it next Sunday against Wofford or the trip to Spokane could be a brutal once.
-Armando Bacot not only played, but started for the Tar Heels on Sunday, despite an ankle injury that was originally scheduled to keep him out indefinitely. Bacot played 25 minutes and was the Tar Heels second-leading scorer on the night with 11 points on 5-8 shooting. He finished the game with only two rebounds, but was able to provide some rim protection with two blocks on the night.
-Free throw shooting continues to be an Achilles heel for this team. The Tar Heels shot 12-22 from the line on Saturday night. In all three losses this season, the Tar Heels free throw shooting has come back to prevent the game from being close in the end. With the team struggling to shoot the ball from the field, it’s crucial they become more efficient at the line.
-After a phenomenal start to the season on the glass, the Tar Heels were outrebounded for the second straight game. The Tar Heels were -5 on the boards and allowed eleven offensive rebounds to the Cavaliers, who came in averaging just 36.6 rebounds per game.
-In 32 combined minutes of play, the grad transfers didn’t register a single point and combined for just six rebounds. Neither one seems to be settling in the way we hoped they eventually would.
-The Tar Heels shot just 1-14 from three on Sunday. It’s really this simple. This team can’t shoot.