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North Carolina has had a plethora of outstanding guards go through the program. They have always been a pretty guard-heavy team in their high-octane, up-tempo system. But this year has been a little different.
Henson, Zeller and Barnes have been the go-to guys all season long. Henson averages 11.9 ppg, while Zeller puts in 15.0 ppg and Barnes contributes 15.3 ppg. Henson and Zeller are both shooting over 50 percent from the field, while Barnes manages a respectable 42.3 percent from the floor.
When the Carolina frontcourt is receiving the ball in the post on a consistent basis, this is when they can be most dangerous (outside of their transition ability). Zeller has a lethal jump hook from about 8-10 feet out from the rim. He can step out to about 15 feet or so and sink the jumper.
Anything beyond that is a little suspect, but he generally doesn't step out that far with the intention of shooting. He's a very knowledgeable big man with a soft touch and an uncanny knack for taking the charge on the defensive end. He set a new career-high in points with 32 against second-round opponent LIU.
Henson has incredible length, as has already been mentioned. Put the ball up within two or three feet of the rim, and Henson will go and get it. Not to mention his shot-blocking ability, averaging a ridiculous 3.2 blocks per game. Add on the fact that even if he doesn't get the actual block, he alters so many shots and makes them 100 times more difficult, which generally ends up in a missed shot and rebound opportunity. Johnny-boy not only scored a career-high in points against LIU, but accomplished that feat in the first half alone by putting up 20 points.
Barnes can go inside and outside. His college career started rather slowly, as he was laden with high expectations from the very beginning, and it looked like the pressure had been getting to him early on. Once he settled in, though, the entire nation began to witness just what all the hype was about surrounding this kid. It began when he sunk the game-winning three-pointer at Miami.
He finally looked confident in the shots he was taking and his overall game began to improve. The body language was that of a kid who knew he could now take over any game he was playing. There was no better example of that then the ACC semi-final game versus Clemson when he went off for 40 points on 12-17 shooting, 10-11 FT and 6-8 3PT.
With these three executing at a high level on both ends of the court, UNC is going to be extremely dangerous. Plus, they all love to get out on the break and can all finish at the rim.