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Texas hoops vs. UNC Game Thread

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6 p.m. CST on ESPN2

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Time: 6 p.m. CST

TV: ESPN2

Commentators: Dave O' Brien (play by play), Doris Burke (color)

Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Arena: Dean Smith Center (Dean Dome).

Capacity: 21,000

Previews: Check out Peter's here, Mine here, and Tar Heel Blog's here. You can also look at UNC's SID report in PDF format here.

KenPom Prediction: KenPom gives Texas a 13% chance of winning on the road.

On paper, these teams are very similar. It'll be interesting to see who overcomes struggles at the free throw line and who is more efficient in the turnover category. Tar Heel Blog thinks a key to the game will be rebounding, a skill where UNC struggles and Texas does not. If this game is close and Texas is dominating the glass, it will be a huge advantage.

Here is a cool graph from the guys over at Tar Heel Blog. It's like a website filled with Jeffs, Blakes, and Peters. Those guys have great basketball content. I suggest checking it out during the game.

North Carolina Texas
Conference ACC Big 12
Record 7-2 9-1
KenPom Rank 11th 65th
Points per game 78.0 78.8
Points per possession 1.09 1.07
Offensive Efficiency(Rank) 113.9(20th) 104.6(156th)
Defensive Efficiency(Rank) 92.6(10th) 94.8(32nd)
Tempo(Rank) 70.9(67th) 71.9(42nd)
Offensive eFG% 50.1% 49.0%
Defensive eFG% 44.1% 45.9%
Field Goal % 47.8% 44.8%
3P FG% 29.4% 34.0%
Offensive Reb Rate 37.3% 38.5%
Defensive Reb Rate 69.4% 73.5%
TO Rate 17.3% 17.7%
FT Rate 50.4% 50.0%
KenPom win probability UNC 87%

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