What was once seen as a potential top-10 clash between Indiana and North Carolina now has less buzz going into Wednesday. Last year’s national runner-up took two losses in the Phil Knight Invitational last week, which dropped the Tar Heels from first to 18th in the AP poll.
Despite UNC entering at 5-2, this is still an important game between two ranked teams in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. IU will be looking to stay undefeated and potentially boost its ranking, so let’s turn to the tape to see what’s wrong with North Carolina — and what awaits the Hoosiers on Wednesday night.
SPREADING THE FLOOR
Hubert Davis took over as North Carolina’s head coach last year and made major changes to the offense.
In 18 years as UNC’s head coach, Roy Williams’ teams were top-25 in the nation in offensive rebound rate 17 times. One of Davis' first moves to begin his tenure was bringing in Oklahoma transfer Brady Manek. Manek wasn’t a great rebounder at the power forward spot, but he was an excellent shooter. Davis is looking to replicate that this year by bringing in Pete Nance, who made 45.2% of his 3s at Northwestern last year.
This change decreases the number of second-chance opportunities for the Tar Heels while increasing spacing and 3-point attempts. This is displayed in UNC’s pick-and-roll game, where the team uses off-ball actions while the big man, Armando Bacot, rolls to the rim.