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Harrison Barnes Unconcerned About Scoring Slump

Harrison Barnes scored only nine points in each of the last two games, ending a streak of 24 straight double-figure outings that started following a nine-point showing at Duke in February.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams isn’t overly concerned about Barnes’ lack of production.

"I told you guys that last year, and every one of you thought I was crazy," Williams told reporters Monday night. "At the end of the year, you forgot that I told you that. You didn't say I was right; you just forgot I told you."

Barnes noted his struggles to finish at the rim.

"There’s not too many concerns," Barnes said Tuesday. "I missed a lot of open shots. (Monday) was just a matter of finishing a layup and making some free throws. Those are things you can correct. For the most part you just have to continue to play. With so many games right back to back, you just have to have a short memory."

Via Fayetteville Observer

McAdoo Struggling To Find Niche With Tar Heels

James Michael McAdoo ‘s overall lack of aggressiveness helps explain why the forward hasn’t been more effective this season.

“Thinking about it at first, I didn't think it would be as hard,” McAdoo said. “But going into this stretch here at home, I'm looking forward to it, just to where I can get into a groove and hit my stride.”

McAdoo is averaging just 5.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 13.9 minutes.

“This is a big change from a small private school league in Virginia to the ACC,” Williams said. “He's playing against guys just as big, just as quick, long arms and those kind of things — it's a huge adjustment for him, being asked to do it against that caliber of player every single day.”

Via Herald-Sun

Tar Heels' Henson Working To Extend Shooting Range

Tar Heels forward John Henson is the ACC’s early leader in rebounds (10.6 per game), blocked shots (3.3 per game) and double-doubles (five).

Add an effective mid-range jumper to his repertoire and the elastic 6-foot-11 junior would loom as a supreme weapon on both ends of the court.

“I’m hitting them in practice and just building off of it,” he said.

“I’ve worked on those shots a lot, day after day,” he said. “But hitting them in a game is something that builds more confidence than anything. Just trying to become a complete player. Finally, it’s starting to come around.”

 

Via Times-News

Harrison Barnes Struggling To Score Off The Dribble

Through the Tar Heels’ first ten games, Harrison Barnes’ scoring efficiency on catch-and-shoot/0-dribble possessions is a robust 1.51 points per possession. This includes a sizzling 55.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

On possessions in which he takes a single dribble, Barnes’ efficiency falls off to 0.81 points per possession.

When using multiple dribbles, it drops further to 0.66 points per possession. With 2+ dribbles, Barnes is shooting just 31.3 percent through 10 games with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 0.33 (3 assists, 9 turnovers).

Via HoopSpeakU

Barnes Rates As Tar Heels' Worst Individual Defender

Harrison Barnes has the worst stop percentage -- which measures the percentage of opponent individual possessions directly stopped by a player -- of any Tar Heel rotation player at 50.6 percent.

He's allowing opponents to shoot 49.0 percent on three-point attempts, and his defensive rebounding percentage has dropped from 12.6 as a freshman to a non-factor-level 7.4.

Via SI.com

Tar Heels Undefeated When Kendall Marshall Records Nine Or More Assists

Kendall Marshall matched a career-high with 16 assists in North Carolina’s 84-78 win over Long Beach State, equaling the team assist total for the 49ers.

It’s the most assists in a game this season, and it's the most since Marshall himself had 16 last February against Florida State.

Only three Tar Heels have ever registered more assists in a game: Raymond Felton (18), Jeff Lebo (17) and Ed Cota (17).

North Carolina is 13-0 in Marshall’s career when he has nine or more assists.

Via ESPN.com

Randle Talking To Parker, Gordon About Playing Together

Julius Randle says that he has discussed teaming up with some of the other top recruits from the 2013 incoming class, most notably Jabari Parker and Aaron Gordon.

"We have a special class with a lot of top talent," Randle said. "I have played with Aaron Gordon at Nike Global … I really enjoyed playing with him. He plays hard all the time. He's a great teammate."

Randle and Gordon both have Kansas on their recruiting list.

"I have talked to Jabari about playing together," Randle said. "He said he wants to play with me."

Randle and Parker have Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Missouri in common.

Via Harrison Sanford/Five-Star Basketball

Noah Vonleh Likes Syracuse, North Carolina

Noah Vonleh is one of the most highly recruited high school sophomores in the country.

Syracuse and North Carolina appear to be the early leaders for the 6-foot-7 forward.

"Syracuse has real long guys and I feel like I'd fit into their defense," Vonleh said. "North Carolina, I like the way they get up and down the floor and their coach said I remind him of Harrison Barnes."

Via Eagle-Tribune

Kentucky-North Carolina Game Drew Record Number Of NBA Officials

University of Kentucky spokesman DeWayne Peevy said he gave passes to 26 NBA officials for Saturday’s game against North Carolina. That's believed to be a record for a UK game, at least in recent seasons, he said.

That the NBA and its players' union reached a new collective bargaining agreement reduced the request for passes from 58.

Of the thought of trying to fit 58 NBA officials in Rupp Arena, Peevy said, "I was losing sleep."

Peevy also issued 309 media credentials. When UNC came to Rupp Arena two years ago, he issued 308 media credentials.

Via Jerry Tipton/Lexington Herald Leader

Doron Lamb: Wildcats More Talented Than Tar Heels

In a rivalry that's never short on words, Doron Lamb offered a comparison between the number one ranked Wildcats and fifth ranked Tar Heels.

"I think we're more talented than them, really, on offense and defense," said Lamb, UK's sophomore shooting guard. "We block shots way more than them, I think. I think our guards are way better than them. We're ahead of them a little bit, I think."

Lamb said the Wildcats are eager to show fans across the country they’re deserving of their top ranking on a prime-time stage.

"We want to be on top and be the best team in the country," Lamb said. "We have swag now that we believe we are the best team in the country, we want to be the top team."

Via CatsIllustrated.com

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Marshall Records Assist On Two-Thirds Of His Fastbreak Possessions

Two-thirds of Kendall Marshall's 30 possessions on the break have resulted in an assist (43 points).

Henson, Zeller Combine Different Skills To Create Stingy Interior Defense

John Henson and Tyler Zeller complement each other perfectly, bringing different styles to North Carolina's interior defense.

UNC-UK Annual Meeting Could Be Discontinued Due To Conference Expansion

The nonconference schedule will be squeezed as teams can only play 27 games plus a multi-team tournament during the regular season.

North Carolina Beats Wisconsin With Defense, Rebounding

The Tar Heels were outscored by Wisconsin on a points per possession basis (0.94 to 1.01) due to 14 turnovers against just four.
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