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The Record Book

I love stats. Therefore I love records. Therefore I also love tracking the potential breaking of records. With the regular season wrapped up, and on the eve of the Tar Heels’ first ACC Tournament game, I thought it would be fun to open up the Carolina record book and see where current players stand in different Tar Heel stat categories.

We already know that Marcus Paige has set the Tar Heel record for made 3-pointers in a career (273 and counting – Incidentally, can you imagine what that number would be if he had been healthy all year and shot the ball around his normal 3-point percentage?). Let’s see where Marcus and Brice Johnson rank in some other stat categories (both career and single-season records) as they wrap up their time in Chapel Hill. We’ll also check in on the progress of some of their underclassmen teammates who are working their way into the Tar Heel record books.

Remember, Carolina could have as many 9 or as few as 2 games left. The ability for this group of Tar Heels to continue moving up the leaderboards depends on the number of games remaining.

Note: All stats (career & single-season) are updated through the end of the 2015-16 regular season.

Points (Career)

  1. Marcus Paige – 1718 (#16)
  2. Brice Johnson – 1559 (#25)
    • Needs 68 points to tie Eric Montross for #20
    • If he achieves this, there will be 2 of the top 20 UNC scorers of all time graduating together

Rebounds

  1. Brice Johnson
    • Career – 953 (#8)
      • 47 shy of 1000 for his career, which only 7 other Tar Heels have done. And it’s a prestigious list – Hansbrough, Perkins, Lynch, Cunningham, Jamison, Kupchak, Daugherty
    • This year – 334 (#T-14)
      • Needs 65 rebounds to tie Tyler Hansbrough for the single season record.
      • It’s possible that Brice could become the first Tar Heel with 400 rebounds in a season.

FT% (Career)

  1. Marcus Paige – 330-389 – 84.8% (#2)
    • Marcus started the year #1 all time, and currently sits .1% behind Shammond Williams.
  2. Nate Britt – 146-176 – 83.0% (#11)
  3. Joel Berry – 100-122 – 82.0% (#14)
  • If this holds through the remaining seasons of Britt and Berry’s careers, this team would have 3 of the top 15 FT% shooters in Tar Heel history.

Career Field Goal % (Career)

  1. Brice Johnson – 655-1150 – 57.0% (#15)
  2. Kennedy Meeks – 375-670 – 56.0% (#T-17)
  3. Isaiah Hicks – 217-388 – 55.9% (#19)
  • If this holds through the remaining seasons of Meeks and Hicks’ careers, this team will have 3 of the top 20 in FG% in Tar Heel history.

Double-Doubles (Points/Rebounds) (Single Season)

  1. Brice Johnson
    • Has 19 this year. Single season record is 22.
    • Also, if current averages hold (16.8 ppg, 10.8 rpg), Brice would become the first player since John Henson in 2010-11 to average a double-double for the year. He would be only the 4th player to do so in the 2000’s (Henson, Hansbrough, May) and only 5th since 1975-76 (add in Jamison in 97-98).

Assists (Career)

  1. Marcus Paige – 566 (#10)
    • This one is sad for me because he has a chance to pass Kendall Marshall (581, #8) who would have destroyed the Tar Heel record books in terms of assists if he had stuck around another couple years. That reminds me of how absolutely ridiculous Marshall was. If Marshall had stayed, he had a chance to surpass Ed Cota for 1st in Tar Heel career assists (who, by the way, is 3rd all time in NCAA history).

Blocks (Career)

  1. Brice Johnson – 141 (5 behind Brad Daugherty for #10)

Steals (Career)

  1. Marcus Paige – 193 (#5)

 

We’ll check in again with these records (and any others that have come to light in the remaining games) after the season is over.

Any records I’m missing? Any other stats or records you want to know about? Leave a comment or drop me an email (isaacschade@gmail.com).

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Closeability

After a 2014-15 campaign that saw the North Carolina Tar Heels consistently struggle to close out wins, the main focus of Roy Williams and his team during the off-season was overcoming this tendency. We’ll call this principle “closeability” – the ability to close out games. Teams with closeability are tough, focused, and have a Tyler Hansbrough-type player who refuses to lose. Teams without closeability lack determination and grit and have a propensity for losing games they should win.

Given this offseason focus and a returning veteran squad led by preseason All-American candidate Marcus Paige, closeability sounded like a readily attainable goal for the 2015-16 Tar Heels.

How have they done so far? Some numbers to consider:

UNC has 5 losses (4 on the road, 1 at home). In each of those 5 losses:

  • They have held a 2nd half lead
  • They have held at least a 6-point lead at some point in the game
  • The greatest margin of defeat in any one game is 6 points
  • The total combined margin of defeat is 17 points
Game Date Score Margin Largest UNC Lead Held 2nd Half Lead? Last Tie/Lead
@ N. Iowa 11/21 71-67 -4 16 (16:53 – 2nd half) Yes Tie – 2:57,

Lead – 7:37

@ Texas 12/12 84-82 -2 8 (1:06 – 1st half) Yes Tie – :02,

Lead – 2:56

@ Louisville 2/1 71-65 -6 6 (5:50 – 1st half) Yes Tie – 12:10,

Lead – 15:58

@ Notre Dame 2/6 80-76 -4 15 (2:15 – 1st half) Yes Lead – 6:36
vs. Duke 2/17 74-73 -1 8 (6:31 – 2nd half) Yes Lead – 1:10

These numbers show a certain lack of closeability. There have been several culprits along the way. Lack of defensive intensity. Lack of defensive cohesion. Inability to box out and grab a defensive rebound. Getting away from attacking the interior. Unforced turnovers. Empty, careless possessions down the stretch. Unnecessary jump shots.

Each of these issues boil down to one thing: focus.

Despite these losses, there is good news: This 2015-16 edition of the Tar Heels have not been embarrassed or humiliated in ANY game this season. Remember, even the uber-talented 2011-12 team, with 6 future first-round picks, suffered a humbling and uninspired 90-57 loss at Florida State.

After the recent skid in which they lost 3 of 5 (and even 1 of those 2 victories was a narrow escape at winless-in-ACC-play Boston College), the Tar Heels have been dialed in during their last 2 games. UNC completely dismantled Miami (another potential #1 seed) and patiently overcame their biggest deficit of the year (13 points) to win on the road against NC State and the ever-dangerous Cat Barber.

In a year where there is no single dominant team in college basketball, these Tar Heels have the talent and experience to win every game in which they’ll play.

Unfortunately talent and experience aren’t enough to win games. It depends on their ability to focus. It depends on their ability to demonstrate closeability.

Can these Tar Heels focus and be a team with closeability? Absolutely.

Will they be a team with closeability in the final weeks of the season and cut down the nets in Houston? I can’t wait to find out.