With double-teams crashing to James Michael McAdoo, it's imperative the guards step up and improve their shooting percentage. They will be what makes or breaks this team.
Over three games, the Tar Heel guards are shooting 38.6 percent from the floor. That won't cut it in the ACC or Maui.
I see good things from P.J. Hairston, even though his shooting percentage isn't indicative of that. He seems more confident in his overall game.
Aside from his shooting slumps, Hairston has produced when given the opportunity. He has 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block over 44 minutes of action.
Hairston's confidence grows with each big play he makes, and we will see his shooting percentage continue to rise.
Paige's shooting will follow that same trend as he gets more comfortable running the show. There was a glimpse of that against LBSU when he went 6-of-10 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown.
Leslie McDonald needs to pop off more shots, plain and simple. He's 5-of-15 on the season, and has yet to find his groove.
Dexter Strickland's shooting hasn't been great, but at least his 7-of-20 shooting can be attributed to drawing fouls. Strickland has attempted 12 free throws so far; the closest guard to him is Hairston with only six.
The guards need to become more aggressive. It can't just be Dex getting into the paint.
That should start with Reggie Bullock right now. I like that he's pulling the trigger on threes, but he is capable of much more than that.
There are enough straight shooters on this team. He needs to be one of the guys getting penetration—especially while Paige is still timid in that area.
But in order to make it all come together the way it should, Paige needs to find a way into the colored region of the floor.