After a week of just practice, North Carolina returned to action tonight against East Tennessee State. The Tar Heels were looking to improve on the defensive end of the court after allowing way to many points in their last two games. UNC specifically needed to improve on their transition defense.
In the first half, North Carolina couldn’t have played better defense. They held Eastern Tennessee to only 12 points for the entire half. They did a great job of rebounding, getting back on defense, forcing turnovers and contesting shots the entire half.
In that same half, they moved the ball extremely well and were able to get on the offensive boards for second chance points. They continued to shot a lot of 3-pointers, but they are going to need to shoot 3’s if they want to win.
The second half was a totaly different story for Roy Williams’ squad. They allowed 43 points on defense to a team that looked like they didn’t even deserve to be on the same court as them.
Coach Williams said he was extremely disappointed in the second half effort and that they just didn’t have any intensity. UNC lost the second half 43-36, but still were able to win the game by 20+ points.
The Tar Heels will continue to work on their defensive intensity this week in practice as they have another week off without a game. If UNC plays like they did in the first half on the defensive side, watch out.
The most impressive part of the victory was that the Tar Heels had 30 assists on 31 made baskets. A new NCAA record and something you always love to see as a coach.
Sharing the ball and making the extra pass will always lead to success on the offensive end.
The Tar Heels are now 7-2, but need to keep on improving game by game.