Jan 23, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Dexter Strickland (1) drives to the basket in the first half at the Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Keys To Victory Over Georgia Tech

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The North Carolina Tar Heels are facing the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tonight at 9pm.

North Carolina ranks first in the ACC in points per game (78.5), whereas Georgia Tech ranks second to last in points per game in the ACC conference (64 points per game). Georgia Tech also ranks last in three-point field goal percentage (31.1%).

Carolina should focus on Georgia Tech’s low-post game. Perimeter shooting is not Georgia Tech’s cup-of-tea. On the other hand, Georgia Tech has a stingy defense. They rank third in the ACC in field goal percent defense (37.9%). Although UNC’s offense ranks first in the ACC in scoring (78.5), their field goal percentage is 44.4%, which is sixth in the ACC.

This is the second match-up between these two teams. UNC won the first encounter between the two this season, 79-63. In their last two games, UNC has been a different team. Some people attribute this to the fact that P.J. Hairston is in the starting lineup at the 4-spot, or power forward position. Carolina’s starting lineup gives them a potent attack that was not visible in the first match-up against Georgia Tech. It is safe to say that Carolina’s record does not indicate how good they are.  With P.J.’s versatility, UNC can go inside and out. This will be difficult for Georgia Tech to handle. I expect for Carolina to win this game easily. Likewise, I expect for P.J. to continue his onslaught of 20-point performances. UNC’s free throw shooting needs to improve in order for them to go to the next level.



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