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One of my frustrations in observing the Heels recent decline has been our inability to respond to high pressure half court defense. In particular, our offensive scheme against the sort of hounding defense that Duke plays tends to often involve a pass to the foul circle to one of our big men. Neither Haywood, Lang, or Peppers seems confident to shoot the open 12-17 foot jumper that is created by this sort of pass, though it is fun to watch Peppers try to figure out how many guys he can jump over to dunk it from there. When Capel is shooting well, he can score from this area, but he's a 3 and should be a confident mid-range jump shooter.

Maybe I'm being opportunistic, but I remember legions of Tar Heel centers and power forwards that seemed to happily hoist and make a jumper from around the free throw line. Perkins, Daugherty, Wolf, Lynch all had this shot to a greater or lesser extent. Heck, even Dave Popson and Serge Zwikker slung one in from the free throw line every once in a while.

I think until our big guys expand their offense off the low block, we make ourselves too predictable.

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