UNC Basketball: Can I Get a Three?

The Tar Heels have struggled this season in three pointers. It’s no surprise to fans who have watch UNC throughout the year. They’re ranked 59th in the nation in three point percentage, and take away Reggie Bullock, Chapel Hill would be even further in a hole. Now would be a perfect time for UNC to get a hot hand.

The scouting report has long been out on UNC: Push James Michael McAdoo away from the bucket and don’t get beat on fast breaks. Teams that have had success in both facets of that plan have fared extremely well against Roy and the boys. JMM has struggled in each of the Tar Heels’ losses this season. You know what that should tell Chapel Hill fans? Nobody’s stepping up.

If the focus is on shutting down McAdoo on offense, it’s important to free him up. How do the Tar Heels do that? They hit threes. However, the land from behind the arc has been experiencing a drought.

Junior guard, Reggie Bullock has done everything he can this season to carry UNC from behind the three-point line. He’s shooting an impressive 44.2% from there and hitting the big shots when the Tar Heels need them the most. He can’t do it all though. Someone else needs to step up.

Dexter Strickland is an abysmal 19%, while J.P. Tokoto has brought little support with his measly 9.1% from three. Strickland is just 4 for 21. Tokoto is 1 for 11.

Some other players have higher numbers but just aren’t contributing enough. Marcus Paige has a more middle of the road number at 32.7% three point percentage. However, he’s only 36 for 110. Leslie McDonald has a 37% in his belt but has only hit 37 out of 100 attempts. The point is Reggie Bullock has hit 76 three pointers this season. That’s more than double Paige or McDonald’s numbers. The amount of production has not been enough from the rest of the team—and until they pick that up, McAdoo will be the focus of the opposition’s defense and UNC will sputter.

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