Feb 9, 2013; Coral Gables, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes forward/center Julian Gamble (45) blocks the shot from North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) during the second half at the BankUnited Center. Miami won 87-61. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: James Michael McAdoo Struggling Against Elite Competition

James Michael McAdoo failed to break the double digit mark in scoring for just the second time this season against Miami and North Carolina suffered their biggest loss of the season. McAdoo has received a lot of criticism this season for his inability to live up to preseason expectations. Roy Williams insists that these expectations were too high and it’s hard to argue with that look at his up and down season.

Take a look at his game by game breakdown in wins versus losses.

In seven losses
Butler 10 points 5-11 shooting, 5 rebounds
Indiana 10 points 4-15, 9rbs
Texas 14 pts 4-11, 9rbs
Virginia 10pts 4-9, 7rbs
Miami 14pts 5-14, 6rbs
NC State 13pts 5-10, 11rbs
Miami 6pts 3-12, 3rbs
Total: 76pts 10.8ppg, 30-82(36.5%) 50rbs 7.1rpg

In 16 Wins
Garner Webb 26pts 10-20 shooting 14 rebounds
FAU 19pts 8-17, 11rbs
Long Beach State 18pts 8-17, 9rbs
Miss. St 10pts 4-8, 4rbs
Chaminade 18pts 8-12, 10rbs
UAB 15pts 7-9, 12rbs
ETSU 9pts 4-8, 2rbs
ECU 19pts 5-14, 7rbs
McNeese St. 12pts 5-11, 7rbs
UNLV 13pts 5-13, 9rbs
FSU 14pts 5-11, 8rbs
Maryland 19pts 8-16, 11rbs
Georgia Tech 14pts 5-13, 9rbs
Boston College 17pts 7-20, 10rbs
Virginia Tech 22pts 8-12, 10rbs
Wake Forest 20pts 7-12, 5rbs
Total: 265pts 16.5ppg 104-213 (48.8%), 138 rbs 8.6rpg

McAdoo is scoring 5.7 more points on average and shooting 12.3% better from the field in wins versus losses.  He’s also better on the boards pulling down on average 1.5 more per game.  Before his six point, three rebound effort against Miami, McAdoo was on a roll scoring 17, 22 and 20 points in his last three games on 47.8% from the field.

Looking at the numbers doesn’t tell us the whole story.  Reviewing the film from the seven losses a couple things are factoring into McAdoo’s struggles.  The easiest problem to spot is his lack of patience.  McAdoo rushes his shot instead of putting himself into position for a high percentage shot.  One of the teams biggest problems against better competition is that panic sets in early when they face a deficit and everybody tries to play hero ball, this is especially obvious with McAdoo.

Another factor is the teams reliance on three point shooting hasn’t worked in their seven losses.  UNC has made just 36 of 123 threes (29%) when the three ball has failed opposing defenses have been able to focus on McAdoo and take away his scoring chances.

The Tar Heels seventh loss of the season puts them on the NCAA Tournament bubble whereas a win likely would have sent them back into the national Top 25 rankings.  23 games into the season the Heels still have plenty of opportunities with the toughest conference schedule in the ACC to add quality wins to their resume.  With that said time is still running out on UNC and if they are going to make a run and build a NCAA Tournament resume they need James Michael McAdoo at his best.

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