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  1. momux

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    21/11 in 17 minutes is pretty good.
     
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  2. Shiggityshwo

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    dammit, wanted that hundo

    tyfys cards
     
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  3. Shiggityshwo

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    took big jumps in kenpom and net rankings yesterday

    feels weird paying attention to that stuff
     
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    pretty cool breakdown from Adrian on some sets/wrinkles we've been employing at a higher frequency the last few weeks to help space things out a bit

    As North Carolina’s young roster gains more experience, the coaching staff has been adding a few offensive wrinkles to the playbook in recent games. The Heels have also continued to improve their execution and efficiency in their “Horns” and continuity ball screen actions. Both Horns (added this season) and continuity ball screen (added last season, but ramped up in usage in recent weeks) are ways for Carolina to incorporate more modern spacing/screening while maintaining the hi-lo advantages of its two-post system. Let’s break down some clips of the offensive changes to see how they are helping UNC to get more easy hoops and clean looks.

    One new secondary break concept that Carolina has added in the last week is a tweak to its secondary B3 action. In UNC parlance, the “B3” refers to the use of a staggered screen (generally set by the point guard and a big man). The Heels use this type of screening action frequently in secondary, the box series, special situations (baseline/sideline out of bounds plays), and freelance motion. Traditionally in secondary, the B3 screen is set up by a pindown by the trail big, who then posts up to create a punch entry opportunity (and a two-man game on the ball-side of the floor). The recent wrinkle, however, has involved running the staggered action following a standard secondary ball reversal. The ball is swung from the point guard to the trail big to the opposite wing. Generally, the trail big will then engage in the standard backscreen/cross-screen action of secondary regular, or follow the pass to set (secondary sweep) or slip (secondary slip) a ball screen. As seen in the following clip, though, the recent tweak has the trail big screening away after the reversal pass as part of a B3 stagger. Caleb Love hits a trailing Day’Ron Sharpe, who reverses the ball quickly to Leaky Black. Love and Sharpe then go to set staggered screens for Kerwin Walton, who fakes as if he is moving over to set the secondary regular backscreen to Sharpe before using the B3 action to find a clean look behind the arc.

    A few encouraging signs on this play for the Heels: 1.) Walton, who started the season 0-of-7 on movement 3-pointers (that is, those in which he came off of an off-ball screen), has now hit 5 of his last 7 of this shot type; 2.) it can be an effective counter against teams who are sagging off of UNC’s trail big (as Louisville did on this play), as the defender is not in position to effectively help against the second staggered screen; 3.) Love, showing growth as a point guard, called a set to create a look for the red-hot Walton; 4.) Love’s enthusiasm after initiating the play and setting a screen is as high as if he just scored himself.



    Another wrinkle that was debuted in the Northeastern game (and used a couple of times against Louisville) involves a change to the box series to create an empty-side pick-and-roll opportunity. This was first used for Cole Anthony and Garrison Brooks for a couple of easy dunks in last year’s ACC Tournament win over Virginia Tech, but had not been dusted off for the first 19 games of this season. As seen in the clip, R.J. Davis is poised to set a backscreen for Walker Kessler so that he can shuffle cut to the opposite block for an entry opportunity. Sharpe would then set a pindown for Davis to create a potential 3-point look for him (and complete the screen-the-screener sequence). Here, though, Davis and Kessler set B3 staggers for Andrew Platek, effectively just weakside dummy action to free up the Sharpe screen-and-roll with Love.



    Carolina ran the same box series set against Louisville, this time with Kessler and Love combining on the empty-side pick-and-roll. The Cardinals sniffed it out a little better than Northeastern did, but a great dive by Sharpe and big-to-big delivery from Kessler still resulted in a UNC slam.



    While Carolina has been running its Horns and continuity ball screen sets all season, their usage has risen dramatically in recent games. It has more than doubled from a little less than six percent of all possessions in the first 17 games to over 12 percent in the last four. The “continuity” part of the play means that it is designed to be run in a loop, rotating the ball from side to side with the bigs alternating between setting ball screens and lifting to the top of the key. The three guards/wings will alternate between being ball-screen handlers and “clearing” with a 45-degree cut to balance the floor and set up the next screening action.

    As seen in this clip, Walton and Armando Bacot start the sequence with a side ball screen (after Love clears) as Brooks is lifted at the top of the key. When the ball is reversed to Brooks, Black clears to set up an exchange with Love and Brooks on the opposite wing. Louisville actually does a nice job of blowing up the dribble hand-off action, but the Heels used the improved floor spacing to create a hi-lo entry from the lifting Bacot to Brooks. The Cardinals double Brooks, botch the help rotation, and allow Bacot to dive to the rim for an easy dunk.



    Carolina had good success against the Virginia pack-line defense with its continuity ball screen action (11 points on six possessions). In this clip, Platek and Kessler run the initial side ball screen action after Davis clears. Platek quickly reverses the ball to the lifted Sharpe, who is able to make an immediate entry pass to the rolling Kessler for the dunk. Had that opening not been there, Black would have cleared to open up a Davis-Sharpe side ball screen on the other side of the floor (with Kessler lifting). Tempo is crucial to an effective continuity ball screen offense, as rapid side-to-side reversals make it hard for the defense to recover. As the Heels have been running this set with more frequency, they have sped up their execution of it and made it harder to defend. More continuity ball screen has resulted in more chances for Walton as a ball-screen handler, too. It is a role in which he has been really successful so far this season, as the Heels have scored 1.33 points per play when Walton receives a ball screen. That includes a 1.35 on 17 plays in which Walton has shot/attacked following the screen and a 1.31 on 16 plays in which he has passed after using the ball screen (with his shot credibility and gravity helping teammates to get good looks).



    Finally, Carolina has been running more Horns sets in recent weeks (as highlighted in this column after the Duke win). Like continuity ball screen, the Horns formation is designed to lift the bigs and create better spacing for ball screens and hi-lo entries. For the season, UNC is averaging 1.07 points per possession out of continuity ball screen and Horns. That is significantly higher than the 0.82 PPP the Heels are averaging in man-to-man freelance motion possessions.

    In this clip against Louisville, Davis uses the Kessler ball screen at the right elbow, then reverses the ball to Bacot at the top of the key. Bacot looks immediately for the hi-lo action with the rolling Kessler, but the Cardinals sag to deny the entry. Bacot then quickly reverses it to Platek, who has made a “shake” cut from the left corner to the left wing. The Tar Heel big follows his reversal pass, setting an empty-side ball screen that results in pretty pick-and-roll slam for Bacot. He made fast, decisive reads on this play that enabled him to take advantage of the floor spacing for an easy hoop. As the young Heels continue to gain experience and comfort within the system, this type of basket should become more prevalent.

     
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  5. mangler

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    Hey, I know some of those words.
     
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  6. momux

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    I want to see more Kessler going forward. Seems like his big-to-big passing ability opens up the offense quite a bit.

    May just be a function of the talent disparity in the recent games, but I like what I've seen.
     
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  7. Tobias

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    cooper announced 15% capacity for indoor college athletics

    may have fans for the duke game
     
  8. Shiggityshwo

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    probably too quick of a turnaround to set up protocols, but I guess that means fans for FSU would be possible this weekend too?

    having some kind of atmosphere as we (hopefully) continue trending in the right direction would do wonders for my viewing pleasure
     
  9. Tobias

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    there is the unc team i know
     
  10. Shiggityshwo

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    well, at least we beat the crap out of a rusty undermanned Louisville squad
     
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  11. Tobias

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    there was absolutely nothing to gain from this game and a lot to lose. marquette has horrible metrics but is more than capable of playing well. it was dumb to schedule this and now we are firmly right back on the bubble
     
  12. Shiggityshwo

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    I'm having a hard time getting upset at the schedule when this inconsistency is what we've shown all year

    had the chance to move up through smoke and mirrors for what, a second round ncaa loss at best?
     
  13. Tobias

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    uhh yea? if the option is to game your way into the tourney and schedule tough but not get into the tourney, i am taking the first every time. missing the tourney once is bad enough we shouldn’t remotely risk doing it in consecutive years
     
  14. Shiggityshwo

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    I'm operating under the assumption we'll be in regardless
     
  15. Tobias

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    i think it depends on these next 17

    a loss doesn’t kill us but a blowout loss certainly does (unless we beat fsu)
     
  16. momux

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    I googled it. Turns out getting blown out at home as a 9.5 point favorite isn’t a great look.
     
  17. Tobias

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    this team deserves to lose but my god some of these calls are horrendous
     
  18. Shiggityshwo

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    it's such a helpless feeling year after year watching our perimeter guys failing to contain dribble penetration knowing the worst result for the opponent will be an open 3
     
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  19. Tobias

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    that platek missed 3 to cut it to 7 was our chance
     
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    Yeah I thought the same. Especially when they came down and dropped a 3 to make it 13.
     
  21. construxboy

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    This isn’t a team that deserves to make the dance.
     
  22. Shiggityshwo

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    gonna end up not even denting that halftime deficit
     
  23. mangler

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    I don't think this team has a viable MVP at this point. Day'ron is clearly the best player right now, but I don't think he's truly deserving.
     
  24. Shiggityshwo

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    usually avoid ic after losses, but this one's got me pretty bitter and I want to soak up some loathing
     
  25. Tobias

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    fans for fsu just announced

    75% students and the rest to unc hospital employees, donors and family members

    hope they can give a spark to these bums
     
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  26. Shiggityshwo

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    and just like that, I'm excited for fsu again

    why I gotta be so fickle
     
  27. Tobias

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    lunardi still has us as his top team in last 4 byes

    we're not safe in the least but we still have some wiggle room. win 2 of the last 3 and we will be fine
     
  28. Tobias

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    state is really close to getting top 75 which would make them a Q1 loss and marquette jumped to 86. need them to get to 75 to make it Q2
     
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  29. Shiggityshwo

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    gimme that speed rush

     
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  30. Shiggityshwo

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    I'm at 22 minutes flat and it's fun let's party

     
  31. Shiggityshwo

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    Justin barking at Monk after his put back of Joel's blocked layup on the break still makes me cheshire cat, just so out of his nature
     
  32. Shiggityshwo

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    it's wild how you almost forget Tony Bradley was a thing, I mean not really, but kind of
     
  33. Shiggityshwo

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    for everybody looking to jump in, I'm now at 46 minutes 59 seconds

    flat
     
  34. Shiggityshwo

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    I always forget how precarious this moment was when Kentucky took a short lived 5 point lead while carrying all the momentum, no problem admitting the next two buckets, that were both terrible shots and bounced around the rim, to bring us back, were a bit lucky
     
  35. Shiggityshwo

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    I can't find the gif I made of everybody's favorite brunette manager hugging her friend in shocked elation after Luke's shot but I think you all can picture it

    thanks and good night
     
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  36. Shiggityshwo

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    obligatory postscript:

     
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  37. Shiggityshwo

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    damn the crowd mics are turned way down
     
  38. Shiggityshwo

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    I just stay completely dumfounded by some of the mental lapses this team has
     
  39. Shiggityshwo

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    I really thought we'd bounce back and at least play relatively well
     
  40. Tobias

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    it’s truly insane how fucking dumb this team is. how were these dudes highly regarded. they have zero court awareness
     
  41. Shiggityshwo

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    of course Marquette gets smoked today
     
  42. Tobias

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    baseball clinched the series against uva

    justice 1-2 and scored both runs. he’s amazing
     
  43. Shiggityshwo

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  44. Tobias

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    walker is elite
     
  45. Shiggityshwo

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    his growth the last couple of weeks has been insane
     
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  46. Tobias

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    can’t believe they sucked me in just to hurt me
     
  47. Shiggityshwo

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    please baby rameses
     
  48. Tobias

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    how the fuck did we win that lol
     
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  49. Shiggityshwo

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    well holyyyyyy shit that's massive

    good on you kids
     
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  50. Shiggityshwo

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    we made ft's while our opponent clanked them left and right, what world is this