Stats & Info: Kendall Marshall

Double-digit seeds look to upset Midwest

March, 21, 2012
Our Sweet 16 preview continues with a look at the matchups in the Midwest Regional on Friday:

(13) Ohio vs. (1) North Carolina, 7:47 ET
According to North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, the Tar Heels are preparing to play Friday’s game without starting point guard Kendall Marshall.

Without Marshall as the primary ball handler, the Tar Heels could have difficulty getting past the Ohio Bobcats tomorrow. Ohio forces 17.2 turnovers per game, the fifth-highest mark in the nation and most among the remaining Sweet 16 teams.

Marshall has also shined as the team’s offensive catalyst during the tournament, creating 80 points in his two games from either his own scoring or assists. Against Creighton, Marshall was responsible for 45 of the team's 87 points (55 percent).

If Marshall is not able to play, North Carolina’s ability to finish in the paint and in transition will likely be hurt. Nearly 30 percent of his 201 assists since the start of ACC play have come in transition.

Also, two-thirds of Marshall's assists in that time frame have resulted in paint shots. Tyler Zeller has been the biggest benefactor during this stretch, with 43 percent of his field goals coming off passes from Marshall.

Ohio’s most indispensable player is guard D.J. Cooper, who will be on the court Friday, and the Bobcats are certainly happy about that. Cooper has scored or assisted on 71 of Ohio’s 127 points (56 percent), the highest percentage for any player remaining in the field.

(11) North Carolina State vs (2) Kansas, 10:17 ET
One key battle to watch in this Sweet 16 matchup will be the ability of North Carolina State’s big men to dominate Kansas' forward-center tandem of Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey around the basket.

The Jayhawks have allowed just 22 points in the paint per game this season, which leads the Big 12 and is second among major conference schools. The Wolfpack are averaging 33 paint points per game this season, which ranks second in the ACC and 11th among the Power 6 teams.

However, NC State struggled to find its inside game against Georgetown in the third round. The Wolfpack shot less than 35 percent and scored just 20 points on attempts in the paint, including only six in the second half.

If Kansas is going to advance to the Elite Eight, the Jayhawks might want to improve their mid-range game. Kansas is shooting 27 percent outside the paint in the tournament, the worst among the remaining teams in the field.

Thirteen is lucky for Ohio Bobcats

March, 18, 2012

Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesThe Ohio Bobcats celebrate the first trip to the Sweet 16 in school history.
Two blowouts and a Cinderella story headline the early evening action on Sunday:

(13) Ohio 62, (12) South Florida 56
The slipper still fits for the Ohio Bobcats, as they advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. Ohio is the seventh team seeded 13th or lower to make the Sweet 16 and the first since Bradley in 2006.

This was the 10th meeting between 12- and 13-seeds all-time, but just the second time that a 13-seed emerged as the winner.

Ohio won on the strength of its perimeter shooting, connecting on half of its 18 3-point attempts against the South Florida Bulls. The Bobcats actually made more 3-pointers (9) than 2-pointers (8), shooting just 32 percent inside the arc, while being outscored 32-12 in the paint.

Walter Offutt led the long-distance barrage, making all four of his 3-point attempts and scoring a team-high 21 points. Offutt entered the game having missed 14 of his 18 shots from beyond the arc over the previous six games.

(1) North Carolina 87, (8) Creighton 73
The Tar Heels advance to their 25th Sweet 16, the most all-time, but the victory over the Creighton Bluejays was bittersweet. Kendall Marshall scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting and dished out 11 assists but suffered a fractured right wrist late in the game.

Marshall put up one of the most unique statistical lines in NCAA tournament history before the injury. He joins North Carolina State’s Chris Corchiani as the only players in tournament history with at least 18 points and 11 assists while shooting 85 percent or better from the floor.

Marshall was responsible for 45 of the team's 87 points, which ties Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Michigan State's Draymond Green for the most points created in a tournament game this year. In six career NCAA tournament games, Marshall has created an average of 32 points per game, including 23 from his assists.

(7) Florida 84, (15) Norfolk State 50
The Norfolk State Spartans were trying to become the first 15-seed to reach the Sweet 16, but instead got schooled in Statistics 101 on Sunday, getting a lesson in Regression to the Mean.

Just two days removed from knocking off 2-seed Missouri while shooting better than 50 percent both inside and outside the arc, the Spartans misfired on 20 of 24 3-point attempts and 48 of 66 shots overall against the Florida Gators.

A game after averaging a season-best 1.34 points per possession against the Tigers, Norfolk State averaged just 0.76 points per possession against Florida, its third worst in a game this season.

The Gators found themselves down 6-4 early in the game, but went on a blistering 25-0 run to take control and cruised to the victory. The 34-point win is the second-largest in a NCAA tournament game in school history, behind a 43-point victory over Jackson State in 2007.

UNC avenges earlier loss, wins ACC crown

March, 3, 2012

Mark Dolejs/US PresswireNorth Carolina Tar Heels guard Kendall Marshall (5) and forward Tyler Zeller walk off the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium as the ACC conference champions.
For the third time in the last five seasons, Duke and North Carolina met in a much-hyped season finale with identical 13-2 ACC records.

And for the third time in the last five seasons, the Tar Heels won the winner-take-all game, beating Duke 88-70 for the outright conference crown.

North Carolina's Kendall Marshall led five Tar Heels in double figures with 20 points and added 10 assists. He's now four assists shy of tying the ACC record for most assists in a single season (303 by Georgia Tech's Craig Neal in 1988).

It's the second time in the past two weeks Marshall has had at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game, also doing so against North Carolina State on Feb. 21 (22 points, 13 assists).

Marshall is the first Tar Heels player in the past decade to reach those totals twice in a season. (Raymond Felton and Ty Lawson did so twice as well, but in different seasons).

No other Tar Heels player has gone for at least 20 points and 10 assists against Duke in the past 15 years.

North Carolina was dominant in the paint, tallying 40 of its 88 points in the paint. They also controlled the glass, outrebounding Duke 45-28, and 32-18 on the defensive glass.

The 18-point win is the largest for North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium since a 20-point win (91-71) on Jan. 18, 1989.

The Tar Heels had a 24-point lead at the half, which tied the fourth-largest halftime deficit Duke has faced in school history. It was the largest deficit Duke has faced at home since trailing by 29 to Tulane back in 1951.

At one point, UNC led Duke 22-5 with 11:55 left in the first half. Duke's Miles Plumlee made the only two field goals for Duke at that point, while the rest of the Blue Devils were 0-for-15.

For the game, Miles and Mason Plumlee combined to shoot 14-of-22 from the field, while the rest of the Blue Devils made only 12-of-41.

Duke fell to 13-3 at home, its most home losses in a season since losing four at home in 2006-07.

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Austin Rivers and No. 3 Duke host Tyler Zeller and No. 6 North Carolina in a winner-take-all battle for the ACC regular season title.
We gave you an idea of what this game means, so here’s an inside look at Saturday night’s winner-take-all ACC game between No. 6 North Carolina and No. 3 Duke (ESPN, 7 ET).

North Carolina is averaging 38.7 paint points per game this season, the most by any major conference school.

Duke allows 31.7 paint points per game this season, the second-most by a Big Six Conference team. In their four losses this season, the Blue Devils allowed 37.0 paint points per game.

The Blue Devils are 15-4 when they allow 30 or more points in the paint -- that’s four more such wins than any other Big Six Conference school. North Carolina is 20-1 this season when it scores 35 or more points in the paint. The Tar Heels’ lone loss was to Duke on Feb. 8 (40 paint points).

North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller has 163 points on post-up plays this season, the most in the ACC. Zeller gets to the free throw line on 20 percent of his post-up plays.

Point guard Kendall Marshall has assisted on 43.4 percent of North Carolina’s made baskets when he’s on the floor this season, the highest percentage in the ACC and fifth-highest nationally, according to

More than 30 percent of his assists during ACC play have come in transition and nearly 57 percent of his ACC assists have led to layups or dunks.

His favorite players are John Henson (40 assists) and Zeller (37), and overall he’s assisted on 27 percent of his team’s points in conference play.

On the other side, Duke freshman Austin Rivers is averaging 17.2 points per game and shooting better than 40 percent from the 3-point line in his past 13 games. During this stretch, Rivers is averaging almost seven pick-and-roll plays per game and shoots better than 40 percent from 3-point range on these plays.

North Carolina outscored Duke 16-4 in transition on Feb. 8, but the Tar Heels’ last transition play came with 10:37 remaining on a Harrison Barnes layup.

Carolina is fourth in the country in transition PPG, their best since they led the nation in 2008-09, when they won the national championship.

Duke (113.9) and North Carolina (112.7) rank 1-2 in the ACC in offensive efficiency this season according to Duke has an uncharacteristically poor defense this season.

The Blue Devils are allowing 98.7 points per 100 possessions, which ranks 147th in the nation. They’re on pace to finish outside the top 50 in that category for the first time since rankings were available in 2000 (

Duke is allowing opponents to shoot better than 47 percent on 2-point field goals, its highest percentage in the past 16 seasons.

Tuesday recap: Hall of a win for Pirates

February, 22, 2012
Player of the Night: Jordan Theodore
The Seton Hall Pirates needed a win on Tuesday and Theodore delivered. The senior scored a career-high 29 points as the Pirates knocked off Georgetown, 73-55. The win puts Seton Hall in a far safer NCAA Tournament position. Often teams struggle when their point guards become the primary scoring option, but not Seton Hall. The Pirates are 9-1 when Theodore scores at least 18 points and 10-8 when he doesn’t.

Scoring Star: Colt Ryan
Ryan poured in a career-high 43 points, but the Evansville Aces came up short in a 93-92 overtime loss to Creighton. It’s the most points in a loss since Marshon Brooks had 52 points against Notre Dame last season. Ryan’s 43 also is the second-most points in a road game this season, behind Creighton’s Doug McDermott, who had 44 at Bradley.

Stat Sheet Stuffer: Kendall Marshall
Marshall added scoring to his repertoire in North Carolina’s 86-74 win against NC State. To go with his usual 13 assists, Marshall had a career-high 22 points, just the ninth time this season that he’s had more points than assists. Marshall joins Connecticut’s Shabazz Napier as the only players with at least 22 points and 13 assists in a game this season.

Streak Stopper: Binghamton
The Bearcats snapped a 27-game losing streak with a 57-53 win against Vermont. With that, there are no more winless teams in Division I. The nation’s longest losing streak now belongs to Navy, which has lost 19 in a row.

Ugly Stat Line of the Night: Georgia Tech
On Jan. 19, Georgia Tech had its worst scoring output in 30 years in a 70-38 loss to Virginia. On Tuesday, the Yellow Jackets did that one worse, losing to Clemson, 56-37. It’s the fewest points scored by Georgia Tech since a 58-36 loss at Wake Forest in February of 1982. To make matters worse, both the Clemson and Virginia losses came at home.
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Tuesday.

Creighton 93, Evansville 92 (OT)
Evansville’s Colt Ryan scored 43 points, the highest scoring output by a player in a loss this season. He made 17 field goals, one shy of the high this year, set by Creighton’s Doug McDermott. McDermott was 6-for-13 from the free-throw line Tuesday; he had missed just six free throws in his previous eight games.

Michigan 67, Northwestern 55 (OT)
Thirty-eight of Michigan’s 56 field-goal attempts were 3-pointers (67.9 percent), the highest 3-point attempt percentage by a major conference team this season.

North Carolina 86, North Carolina State 74
North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall had 22 points, 13 assists and no turnovers in the win. He’s the first player this season with at least 20 points and 12 assists in a turnover-free game.
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Thursday:

Duke 78, NC State 73
NC State’s Scott Wood missed three free throws on Thursday (7-for-10) after missing three free throws in his last outing against Georgia Tech (2-for-5). Wood had made an ACC-record 66 free throws in a row dating back to last season before his first Georgia Tech miss.

Michigan State 69, Wisconsin 55
Draymond Green scored 20 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and handed out 5 assists for the Spartans, the fourth time this season he’s reached all three of those levels in game. Only one other player this season has more than one such game; Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum has done it twice.

Florida State 48, Virginia Tech 47
Florida State went 1-for-8 from the foul line in the win. They are the fifth team this season to win a game making one or fewer free throws; the Seminoles’ eight attempts are the most of those five teams.

San Diego 78, Portland 75 (OT)
San Diego’s Christopher Anderson dished out 13 assists and recorded 5 steals in the win, joining UNC’s Kendall Marshall and Iona’s Scott Machado as the only players this season to reach both those levels in a game.

Central Connecticut State 65, St. Francis (PA) 60
Trillion of the Night: Tony Peters of St. Francis (PA) played nine minutes without accumulating a stat in the Red Flash’s 65-60 loss to Central Connecticut State.

Behind the box scores: Saturday's games

February, 5, 2012
A scan of the college basketball box scores each night guarantees all kinds of statistical oddities and standout performances. Here are some we found from Saturday:

Note of the Day
Six teams had three or fewer turnovers Saturday. Entering the day, only eight teams had had a game with three or fewer giveaways.

George Mason 54, Old Dominion 50
George Mason won despite shooting 27.7 percent from the field and committing 21 turnovers. The only other team to win a game this season despite shooting less than 30 percent and committing at least 20 turnovers was Kentucky on Dec. 31 against Louisville.

North Carolina 83, Maryland 74
North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall had 16 assists Saturday, matching the highest single-game total by any player this season. He had nine more assists than the entire Maryland team. That nine-assist margin is the highest this year by one player over the opposing team.

Indiana 78, Purdue 61
Purdue lost despite turning the ball over only three times. It’s the second time the Boilermakers have lost a game with three or fewer turnovers; all other Division I teams have combined to do it only four times on the year.

Valparaiso 63, Wright State 54
The Crusaders won despite registering just one offensive rebound. Only six teams this year have had a game with no more than one offensive rebound, and Valpo has done it twice. Those six teams are a combined 6-0 in those games.

Morehead State 56, Eastern Illinois 55
Morehead State attempted only 30 field goals in the win, the lowest number of field-goal attempts by a team this season. The next-lowest total was achieved Saturday as well, as Valparaiso attempted only 32 shots in its win over Wright State.

Oakland 74, Western Illinois 70 (2 OT)
Oakland’s Lucas Laval-Perry did not score a point in 41 minutes of action, matching the longest scoreless appearance by any player this season.

Cal State Fullerton 99, UC Santa Barbara 86
Cal State Fullerton hit 17 of 26 3-pointers (65.4 percent), the highest percentage by any team in a game this season, minimum 25 attempts.

Drexel 65, Towson 57
Drexel’s Frantz Massenat made all 15 of his free-throw attempts Saturday, one shy of the most free-throw attempts without a miss by any player this season. Massenat has now made his last 33 free-throw attempts.

BYU 79, Portland 60
BYU attempted 53 free throws Saturday at Portland, five more than any other road team in a game this season.

Davidson 88, Chattanooga 61
Davidson attempted 40 threes in the win, only the second time since January 1st that a team has attempted that many threes. The other instance in 2012 happened Thursday in Chattanooga’s prior game, in which Western Carolina attempted 41 threes.
Marshall dishes out 16 for UNC
Kendall Marshall matched a career-high with 16 assists in North Carolina’s 84-78 win over Long Beach State on Saturday, equaling the team assist total for the 49ers. It’s the most assists in a game this season, and it's the most since Marshall himself had 16 last February against Florida State. Only three Tar Heels have ever registered more assists in a game: Raymond Felton (18), Jeff Lebo (17) and Ed Cota (17). North Carolina is 13-0 in Marshall’s career when he has nine or more assists.

Cooper finally gets his triple-double
On three different occasions, Ohio’s D.J. Cooper has fallen two rebounds shy of a triple-double. With a minute left on Saturday, he was one rebound short, before hauling in a Kevin Bailey miss with 40 seconds remaining. Cooper finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the Bobcats’ 72-54 win over Portland. He’s the first player listed under 6’0” to register a triple-double since Alabama A&M’s Trant Simpson in 2009. Ohio is 7-1 for the first time since 1969-70.

Kentucky loses despite efficient shooting
The top-ranked team in the country shot 55.6 percent from the floor and still lost?! That’s just one bizarre fact coming out of Indiana’s 73-71 win over Kentucky. It was the Wildcats’ highest FG pct in a loss since 2007. Kentucky’s Terrence Jones only attempted three shots, the fewest of his career. The Hoosiers won despite scoring only seven points in the final 7:45, all by Christian Watford. It was Indiana’s first win over an AP No. 1 team since beating Duke in the 2002 NCAA Tournament.

Young’s career night
IUPUI's Alex Young has more career points than any active Division I player. On Saturday, he scored a career-high 43 points in the Jaguars' 84-76 win over Western Kentucky. Young set a school record for a Division I game, eclipsing Odell Bradley’s total of 42, which he reached twice in 2004. It’s the most in any IUPUI game since Carlos Knox tallied 45 points against Drury in 1998. Young’s total is the most Western Kentucky has allowed since La Salle’s Ken Durrett scored 45 in January 1971.

Enquist, Cougars can’t miss
Washington State had its best shooting night in over 15 years in Sunday’s 93-55 win over Santa Clara. The Cougars connected on 67.4 percent of field goals, its best since 67.6 percent against Boise State in 1996. Brock Motum scored a career-high 27 points to lead the way, and Charlie Enquist connected on all seven of his field goal attempts. Enquist is now 28-for-34 on the season, an 82.4 field goal percentage. That’s the highest among all Division I players attempting at least three shots per game.

Wildcats look to slow Tar Heels

December, 2, 2011

Bob Donnan/US PresswireNorth Carolina and Kentucky face off Saturday in a rematch of last year's Elite Eight game.
Two of the nation’s most successful college basketball programs will take center stage on Saturday when the fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels and top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats square off at Rupp Arena.

Though the Tar Heels suffered a setback against UNLV on November 26, both teams have national title expectations for this season. One of the keys to Saturday’s game will be the pace of play, and how successful North Carolina’s transition offense is against Kentucky’s defense.

North Carolina plays at one of the fastest paces in the nation, averaging 74 possessions per 40 minutes this season. The Tar Heels have had success in transition this season, shooting over 60 percent and averaging more than 20 points per game on the break.

Kentucky plays at a slower pace, averaging 71 possessions per 40 minutes, but the Wildcats have shown that they can play an up-tempo style as well. Kentucky has had 73 or more possessions in four of its seven games this season, including its win over Kansas on November 15.

While Kentucky plays at a much faster pace than Wisconsin (59 possessions per game), the Wildcats may want to look at how the Badgers played against North Carolina as a blueprint for stopping the Tar Heels in transition.

UNC had just 60 possessions against Wisconsin on Wednesday, the fourth-fewest in the Roy Williams era (since 2003-04). Consequently, the Tar Heels transition offense struggled, despite still winning by three.

Kendall Marshall’s ability to push the ball up the floor is one of the main reasons for the Tar Heel’s transition success this season. Two-thirds of his 30 possessions on the break have ended in assists, resulting in 43 points.

However, Marshall has really struggled on the defensive end of the floor. As an on-ball defender he's allowed his opponents to shoot 44 percent from the floor and score an average of 1.04 points per possession, which ranks 63rd out of 68 qualifying ACC players (minimum 25 plays scouted by Synergy).

Marshall lacks lateral quickness, a weakness that is really exposed on catch-and-shoot plays on the perimeter. Opponents have made 12-of-22 (55 percent) shots on those plays, including 11-of-21 (53 percent) from beyond the arc.

In last year's Elite Eight game vs. Kentucky, Marshall couldn’t contain the Wildcats, allowing 11 points on eight possessions as an on-ball defender. His opponents shot 4-for-8 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from downtown. Each of those three-point field goals came on catch-and-shoot plays.

Marshall's defensive issues may not be exposed as much on Saturday if he's matched up against Marquis Teague. The freshman point guard has not proven himself yet to be a prolific catch-and-shoot scorer, making just 5-of-16 shots (31 percent) on those plays.

However, two of his teammates -- Doron Lamb and Darius Miller -- have combined to make nearly 50 percent of their shots in catch-and-shoot situations. If Marshall is forced to guard either of them, Kentucky could be on its way to a résumé-building win while solidifying its claim as the number one team in the nation.
Tennessee junior Jeronne Maymon had never scored more than 14 points or pulled down more than 12 rebounds in his career. In Tuesday’s 99-97 double overtime loss to the Memphis, he came out of nowhere for 32 points and 20 rebounds. That performance put him in some pretty elite company.

Maymon became the first power six conference player with a 30-point, 20-rebound game since Blake Griffin. Before that, the previous two were Michael Beasley and Kevin Durant. The last Tennessee player with a 30-20 game was Steve Hamer in the 1996 SEC Tournament. Maymon hit 16 free throws, the most by a Vol since Tony White (18) in 1987.

Marshall’s passing plan
Kendall Marshall handed out 15 assists as the Tar Heels took down Tennessee State 102-69. It’s the second time this season, and third time in his career, that Marshall has registered 15 assists. No other player in North Carolina history has more than one such game. Marshall is the first major conference player with two 15-assist games in the same season since Connecticut’s Marcus Williams in 2004-05.

Wisconsin’s badgering defense
Wisconsin's defense continues to stifle anyone it comes across. The Badgers held UMKC to 20.8 percent from the field in a 77-31 blowout. Through four games, all against D-I opponents, Wisconsin is holding foes to 34.0 ppg and a 26.2 FG pct. That’s 10.0 fewer than any other team is allowing thus far. Consider that Wisconsin basketball is allowing more than 10 points fewer per game than Wisconsin football is scoring (44.8).

Though it’s far too early to rationally project, it’s worth noting that Wisconsin is on pace for the second best scoring defense in D-I history behind only Oklahoma State (32.5 in 1948). Over the past 45 years, only five teams have held opponents below 50.0 ppg over an entire season.

Louisville’s stingiest game in 65 years
Louisville beat Arkansas State 54-27, the fewest points allowed by the Cardinals since a 60-27 win over Vanderbilt on January 5, 1946. It’s the fewest points scored by a Division I school since Ohio State held Samford to 22 points in November 2008.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was just the third time a Big East team has held an opponent to 27 or fewer points in the conference’s 33 year history. Providence beat New Hampshire 56-27 in 1992 and Georgetown topped Columbia 38-26 in 1981.

Launch Mower
Lafayette's Jim Mower went 10-for-13 from 3-point range in the Leopards’ 85-74 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. That’s a school record for 3s in a game, and more than Mower had in his first four games combined (9).

Only four players reached double digits in 3s last season, and Mower is the first to do so in 2011-12. He’s the first to do it in November since Arkansas’ Rotnei Clarke in 2009. Mower finished with a career-high 37 points, crossing the 1,000-point threshold in the process.

Tar Heels, Spartans ready to take flight

November, 10, 2011

Ed Jones/Getty ImagesMichigan State and North Carolina meet in the Quicken Loans Carrier Classic aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier

The North Carolina Tar Heels and Michigan State Spartans are two of the most storied basketball programs in the nation. Friday they will etch their names in the history books yet again, playing in the first-ever college basketball game aboard a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

Michigan State W2W4
The Spartans return just one player this season who averaged over seven points per game and face a possible rebuilding year.

A staple of the Michigan State program under coach Tom Izzo has been offensive rebounding and frontcourt scoring. Last year, however, the team struggled in both of areas.

They grabbed 35.3 percent of their missed shots, their worst offensive rebounding rate since 2004. They shot 46.9 percent inside the arc, their worst two-point shooting percentage in the last 15 seasons.

Draymond Green is expected to shoulder much of the scoring and rebounding load this season. Green was strong on the defensive glass last year (6.2 per game, third in Big Ten), but needs to improve his offensive game in the post. He averaged 0.73 points per post-up play, third-worst among Big Ten players (min. 30 plays).

However, Green was effective passing out of the post and finding the open man. His 28 passes from the post resulted in 38 points (1.36 points per play) and he turned the ball over just four of the 32 times the defense committed to him in the post.

North Carolina W2W4
North Carolina relied heavily on its transition game to score last year. Only two teams attempted more field goals on the break than the Tar Heels and only three teams scored more in transition.

While the Tar Heels were comfortable playing at the fastest pace in the league, they were inefficient in transition, ranking ninth in the ACC in transition points per play.

Preseason All-American Harrison Barnes averaged 15.7 points per game last season, but initially had trouble adjusting to the college game. But once Kendall Marshall took over as the starting point guard on January 18, Barnes found his groove and averaged more than 19 points the rest of the way.

Barnes’ chemistry with Marshall was highlighted by his much-improved shooting in both spot-up situations and coming off screens. Barnes shot 27 percent and averaged 0.75 points per spot-up play in the 17 games with Larry Drew II as the primary point guard. With Marshall, those numbers jumped to 40.4 percent and 1.08.