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North Carolina may be getting to the line a lot this season (395 attempts in 12 games), but the Tar Heels are struggling as a team in making their free throws.
They are shooting a meager 61.8 percent from the charity stripe. That puts the Tar Heels at No. 333 in the nation.
This is an unexpected flaw in Roy Williams' recent squads. No Carolina team has hit at least 70 percent collectively since the 2008-09 season (75.2 percent), when Tyler Hansbrough, Danny Green and Ty Lawson were on their way to winning the NCAA championship.
In each of North Carolina's three losses this year, poor free-throw shooting has been a factor. Against Belmont, UNC missed 26 of its 48 free throws. Against UAB, the Heels only knocked down four of 11 attempts from the line. In the loss to Texas, UNC hit a frustrating 24 of 47 freebies.
Currently, leading scorer Marcus Paige is the only player who has attempted at least 10 free throws to be shooting over 70 percent on the season. He is shooting 92.3 percent from the line (No. 10 in the nation).
There may be hope. The Tar Heels, in their last two games, have hit 70.5 percent of their free throws (54-of-78). Even though that won't set the world on fire, it may be good enough to prevent more disappointing defeats as they begin ACC play.