The Tar Heels were once unpredictable this season. They followed confounding defeats (Belmont, UAB) with equally-confounding victories (Louisville, Michigan State and Kentucky) and, for a while, UNC was this enigma of a team. Not anymore, though. Not really.
Since conference play began earlier this month, UNC has been predictable. The Tar Heels haven’t shot well against good defensive teams, haven’t gotten to the free throw line all that often, haven’t taken advantage of second-chance opportunities and haven’t yet solved their lack-of-effort problem.
Those four issues, more than anything, have led UNC to its 1-4 start. Here’s a deeper look all of the Tar Heels’ problems – with the exception of effort, which is involved to an extent in all of these issues – and what needs to happen to fix them: