Everything in college basketball is amplified in March. With each team only one loss away from a long offseason, any flaw can be fatal.
And there’s no mistaking the North Carolina men’s basketball team’s weakness this season. A porous perimeter defense has consistently plagued the Tar Heels, and could easily spell disaster once the NCAA Tournament begins later this month.
UNC allowed 311 made three-pointers over the regular season, the fourth most in the NCAA through Sunday. Tar Heel opponents have converted 38.6 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc, placing UNC’s three-point defense at 19th worst in the country and last in the ACC.
The results are even starker in conference play, where the Tar Heels have allowed opponents to shoot 39.5 percent on threes.
UNC’s worst stretch defensively was also their worst overall. During the Tar Heels’ three-game losing streak in January, their defense allowed opponents to shoot 46.7 percent from three, including North Carolina State and Clemson shooting 15-30 in back-to-back defeats for UNC.