Monday, February 14, 2011

UNC coach attributes three-point shooting woes to shot selection

North Carolina has hit only four of its last 28 three-point shot opportunities. Meanwhile opponents in those last two games have scored on 17 three-point shots. That's 39 more points for opponents from outside in just two games.

The Tar Heels lost one of those games (to Duke) and then squeezed by in the other (against Clemson).

"Duke and Clemson did a nice job of challenging the three-point shot" UNC coach Roy Williams said during his weekly teleconference. "We needed to make some more shots but we need them to miss some too."

He said he thought Duke's Seth Curry and Nolan Smith hit some shots when they were closely guarded. Williams noted that not a lot of players are good at hitting guarded threes. He pointed to Wayne Ellington and Rashad McCants as two he's coached that could do that.

Williams said he's trying to get his team to understand the diffence between an average shot versus a real good shot. "If we take a real good shot, more of them will go in," he said.

He wants to see more movement of the ball and the players themselves to open up some threes. Still, he thought this team would be better at shooting the three.

"I'm surprised by the lack of consistency because we make a lot of shots in practice," Williams said.

"Of course, you don't want to make a living on shooting those shots to begin with."

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