It’s the college basketball game of the year. March Madness is coming to an end, so prepare to feast your eyes on what’s sure to be the game of the year.
North Carolina is a great shooting team, but even when they don’t make the shot they score points. The Tar Heels come down with the best offensive rebounding rate in the UNC rebounds a whopping 39.9 percent of its own missed shots,
The Tar Heels’ three primary big men – All-American Brice Johnson and juniors Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks – all rank in the top 110 nationally in offensive rebounding percentage among individual players.
UNC, which scores 82.4 points a game, gets 9.6 percent of those points from putbacks, or nearly a 10th of its scoring.
Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige was 3-of-7 from beyond the arc; the rest of the team was 1-of-10 in their Final Four matchup versus Syracuse. That will not be good enough against the red-hot Wildcats on Monday night.
Sharp-shooting Villanova shot 71.4 percent from the field on Saturday against Oklahoma, good for the second-best mark in Final Four history and have drained 58.1% of their shots from the field through their first five games of the tournament. Those stats are both records, set by themselves in 1985 when they won their only national championship.
They’ve also made 49 percent of their 3-pointers since March Madness began.
Another important trait shown by the Wildcats is their killer instinct. They’ve won four of their March Madness games by at least 19 points (Kansas by 5).
The gameplan is simple, turn balls over (72) and make the effective play. They start by looking inside, specifically to big-man Daniel Ochefu, and kick it out for the open trey.
It’s a classic battle between the consensus top team, and a streaking contender.
We’ll soon find out who will reign victorious in 2016.