1. Second-chance points were a big part of Carolina's offensive attack. The Tar Heels got nearly a third of their first-half points off offensive rebounds. The Tar Heels weren't especially effective finishing around the rim on the first try, but were able to keep the ball alive long enough to eventually get some points.
The early offensive struggles were especially surprising considering Notre Dame had been the worst defensive team in the ACC in conference games, allowing an effective field goal percentage of 53.2%.
But, Carolina made up for it by getting second chances. The Irish had only allowed an offensive rebounding percentage of 29 percent in league games, but Carolina was able to crash the boards at a 38.9% success rate.
2. Saturday's first half was good practice for what Carolina will see on Wednesday night against Duke, as Notre Dame was very effective offensively...as long as their three-point shots weren't falling. When the Irish hit their first four three-pointers, they bolted to a 19-10 lead. But when they missed their next five trifectas, Carolina went on a 17-4 run to close the half and took a 27-23 lead into the locker room.
3. Carolina closed the final four minutes 10-of-10 from the free throw line, a key in thwarting a Notre Dame team that was trying to begin a comeback...J.P. Tokoto, playing with a sore wrist after a scary fall against Maryland, was active all afternoon and was an essential part of Carolina being able to force 17 Irish turnovers...Funny moment late in the game, as the Notre Dame student section had been chanting "We want Meeks" for most of the second half. Roy Williams finally gave them their wish--and a grin--with 5.7 seconds left.
Adam Lucas is the editor of CAROLINA.