UNC Basketball: Lineup options for Tar Heels in 2019-20

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – DECEMBER 22: De’Andre Hunter #12 of the Virginia Cavaliers defends Justin Pierce #23 of the William & Mary Tribe in the first half during a game at John Paul Jones Arena on December 22, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

The 3-And-D lineup

G – Cole Anthony
G – Anthony Harris
G – Christian Keeling
G – Brandon Robinson
G – Justin Pierce

This is the UNC lineup most capable of hitting shots –particularly from long range — and playing solid defense. It shouldn’t be a surprise that Cole Anthony finds himself on this squad, too, what with his tremendous play-making abilities, versatile offensive game and tenacious defense. He’s just as likely to play pesky defense on the opposing team’s best guard as he is to drain a big three-pointer on the other end of the court.

Anthony Harris joins the Tar Heels with the reputation of a lock-down defender and an above average outside shooter. Alongside Anthony, Harris should get plenty of opportunities in this lineup, and he’s likely to covert a high percentage of them. The two UNC guards will form one of the most formidable two-way back court tandems in the ACC.

With multiple shooters to spread the floor on offense, Christian Keeling and Brandon Robinson will thrive in this lineup. At 6-feet-4-inches tall, both players have good height for their position, but could be facing some mismatches on the defensive end of the court when playing with this group of five.

Pierce could be facing some matchup issues in this lineup, too, despite his 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound frame. While he’s got great size for a shooting guard or small forward, battling with traditional bigs down low could be a bit of a stretch for Pierce. However, if it’s for short stretches of game that require good shooters and quick defenders, Pierce and company fit the bill.

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