How good is No. 1-ranked North Carolina (4-0)?
Right now they look untouchable in their 4-0 start. The offense is averaging over 90 points a game (third in the nation) and is first in assists (22.3).
Not only are they ridiculously talented, but the Tar Heels are proving to be incredibly unselfish early on as well.
They meet a South Carolina (2-2) squad that already has horrible losses to Elon and Tennessee State on their resume. The Gamecocks are the opposite of Carolina; they struggle mightily on offense and aren’t sharing the wealth (286th in assists).
Here is everything you need to know for this one-sided matchup.
Where: Las Vegas Invitational at Las Vegas, Nevada
When: Friday November 25th at 10:00 P.M EST
Listen: WCHL 1360 AM in Raleigh and WNKT-FM 107.5 The Game in Columbia.
Live Stream: Listen to all of the action right here via the Tar Heels official website.
Top 25 Implications:
Pride is on the line for South Carolina. Can they keep this game within 20 points? They surely won’t be near the Top 25 polls anytime soon.
Carolina will keep its stranglehold on the top spot in the polls with a win, and will likely fall behind Kentucky, Ohio State, Connecticut and Syracuse with a loss.
In other words—nothing to gain, plenty to lose.
Keys To a South Carolina Victory:
Make it a half-court game.
If they slow down the pace and force the Tar Heels to use most of the shot clock, they can hang around and minimize the incredible depth of UNC.
If this game turns into a shootout early, the Gamecocks are toast.
Six-man Eric Smith may only be getting 17 minutes a game, but he currently leads the team averaging 11 points a game. Malik Cooke (33 percent) and Damien Leonard (15 percent) must start taking higher percentage shots and cut down on the serious brick-laying that has been occurring thus far.
Keys to a North Carolina Victory:
Continue to spread the wealth. Point guard Kendall Marshall is averaging almost 11 assists per game thus far and it’s benefiting everyone.
As long as he keeps beating opponents with the dribble drive while finding the open man, Harrison Barnes (17 PPG,), John Henson (16.5 PPG) and Tyler Zeller (16 PPG) will take care of the rest.
How Many Points Will UNC Win By?
The Tar Heels offense is running at a ridiculously efficient rate, and they hit 53 percent of their field goals. That’s unreal.
Expect Barnes to get his shot off whenever he wants to. His athletic ability is going to give the Gamecocks nightmares.
There is simply too much talent on Carolina’s side to lose to a team like USC.
The question isn’t if UNC wins, it’s by how much.
No. 1 North Carolina 81 South Carolina 65