How Villanova and North Carolina match up

Ryan Arcidiacono CLEM MURRAY / Staff
Ryan Arcidiacono CLEM MURRAY / Staff
Posted: March 23, 2013

Who's hot

For Villanova, JayVaughn Pinkston averaged 17.7 points in his last three games and scored 20 points during that stretch from the free-throw line.

For North Carolina, P.J. Hairston averaged 20.7 points in the ACC tournament (three games) and shot 48 percent (13 of 27) from three-point range.

Who's not

Darrun Hilliard scored just 11 points in the Wildcats' two Big East tournament games, with zero three-pointers and nine turnovers.

Leslie McDonald, the Tar Heels' sixth man, shot just 5 of 19 in the ACC tournament and averaged 7.3 points.

Who wants the ball in crunch time

Freshman Ryan Arcidiacono has been the Wildcats' go-to guy down the stretch; he forced overtime against Syracuse, a game his team won.

Junior swingman Reggie Bullock has been a key figure in the Tar Heels' recent success with clutch scoring late in several wins.

Wrong guy to foul

Arcidiacono shoots 82.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Freshman point guard Marcus Paige led the Tar Heels from the line at 83.6 percent.

Right guy to foul

All of Villanova's starters shoot better than 70 percent, but top reserves Daniel Ochefu (48.3 percent) and Tony Chennault (63.4) aren't as prolific shooting fouls.

James Michael McAdoo shot the most free throws on Carolina but converted at just a 57.3 percent rate.

Who hits the three

Arcidiacono averaged 2.1 made threes per game to lead the Wildcats.

Bullock (2.58) and Hairston (2.50) have combined to knock down 165 baskets from deep.

Toughest matchup

The Tar Heels start one big man and four wing players, meaning the 6-foot-7 Bullock must be watched behind the three-point line. If 'Nova starts its regular lineup, that means the 6-6 Pinkston will have to come outside and guard him. Conversely, Bullock would give up about 35 pounds to Pinkston guarding him inside.

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