On Tuesday, the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team (10-5, 5-3 ACC) will take on the Pittsburgh Panthers (8-3, 4-2 ACC) on the road at the Petersen Events Center.
While the Tar Heels are a solid 6-0 for home games this season, they are only 1-4 in away games. UNC has won six of its last 10 matchups against Pitt, although the most recent one was a tough 66-52 loss for the Tar Heels last January.
The Tar Heels' last game was Saturday afternoon against N.C. State, when the team came away victorious, 86-76. Here's what they'll have to do to see the same results on the road this week.
After the win on Saturday against the Wolfpack, there are a few things the team needs to do in order to try to guarantee a win on Tuesday. First, the Tar Heels need to work on their fouls.
Though the game on Saturday did not end up being a nail-biter, the Tar Heels had put the Wolfpack into the bonus just midway through the second half. Senior forward Garrison Brooks received his fifth and final foul down the stretch, resigning him to a seat on the bench.
All those fouls gave shooters an opportunity to hang around, like N.C. State's D.J. Funderburk's nine free-throw attempts, of which he made six. Overall, the Tar Heels gave up 13 free throw attempts last game. Though Pitt is just shooting about 65 percent from the foul line, that's still six points UNC doesn't want to give up — especially after so many close games already.
Overall, the team ended its last game with 15 fouls. If the Tar Heels can keep that number down, they have a better chance of maximizing their defense and minimizing Pitt’s scoring options.