Where Devon Hall of UVA is most effective, plus more on this week’s AP Top 25

This week’s AP Top 25 poll is out, and for the second straight week, four teams land in the poll. After Saturday’s epic clash in Durham, which Virginia won, UVA and Duke sit at No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, for the second consecutive week.

  • No. 2 Virginia
  • No. 4 Duke
  • No. 19 North Carolina
  • No. 20 Clemson

After suffering back-to-back losses to Virginia Tech and NC State, UNC drops nine spots to No. 19 in this week’s poll. Clemson dropped two spots, thanks to a midweek loss to Virginia, when the Tigers could muster just 36 points (the first game sans Donte Grantham). A two-point Sunday night win at Georgia Tech pushed the Tigers back to 6-3 in ACC play, though.


Quick Thoughts

  • According to KenPom, Devon Hall ranks 64th nationally in three-point percentage: 46.2 percent. Hall is in the midst of a renaissance his senior season, and he’s getting great production coming off of screens. Amongst players with at least 50 possessions, Hall ranks first nationally in efficiency: 1.46 points per possession, 77.5 effective field goal rate.
  • In defeat against Virginia, Duke went just 4-of-15 (26.7 percent) on three-pointers. This was just the 26th time since the 2010-11 season that the Blue Devils have made four or fewer triples in a game; six of those games have happened already this season.
  • According to Synergy, Duke does rank second in the ACC in efficiency on put-back attempts after an offensive rebound: 1.26 points per possession.
  • Theo Pinson ranked second amongst UNC’s starters with a usage rate of 29 percent in the loss to NC State; the senior wing attempted 16 field goals — a career high — 15 of which came from inside the arc. Pinson pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds, too, in the third double-double of his career.
  • Clemson pick-and-roll ball handlers are scoring 0.90 points per possession (45 FG%), which ranks 29th in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC.


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