Jan 5, 2014; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard Nate Britt (0) drives the ball inside during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Wake Forest Demon Deacons defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels 73-67. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Keys to victory against the Miami Hurricanes

The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to get their first win in ACC conference play tonight when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. Just as North Carolina fixed previous issues, they developed more issues and areas to improve on as a team.

Force the offense to drive to the basket

Obviously you do not want the offense to score, but North Carolina has made it essentially effortless for the offense to drive on them and get to the basket. North Carolina needs to box the offense out and make them work hard if they even want to have a chance at the basket.

Take the time to make a shot that will count

North Carolina made terrible shot selection choices in the previous game against Wake Forest. With plenty of time on the shot clock the Tar Heels were rushing deep shots and layups that weren’t going in the basket. UNC needs to slow down, catch their breath, and take time to set up the shot.

Free Throws

Against Wake Forest, this didn’t become much of an issue as Wake Forest only gave Carolina 11 opportunities and they did make 7 of them. However, teams know that all season long, Carolina has struggled from the line and they won’t hesitate to force the Heels to the line knowing it’s their weakness.

Play Physical

I know this will face backlash, but honestly I haven’t seen Carolina play true physical basketball since 2009 with Tyler Hansbrough and gang. Our size has been rather small for the last several years, however with the additions of Joel James and Kennedy Meeks, the Heels are getting bigger. Even if the opposing team is bigger, play smart and physical basketball and make them earn a shot. Don’t just give them easy baskets.

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