Villanova fans had no idea when Miami beat North Carolina 68-59 back in January that something bad had just happened to them.
It was then that a discouraged Roy Williams decided to stray from his long-established coaching philosophy and install a smaller lineup. As a result, Carolina (24-10) has turned its season around and developed some topflight 3-point shooters.
That could be a problem when Villanova (20-13) faces North Carolina on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament because perimeter defense has been a season-long bugaboo for the Wildcats.
''They definitely shoot the ball well,'' said Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono. ''In practice earlier today we were working on it. That's what we've been trying to do these past couple days, just trying to get better at defending the 3-point line.''
Carolina has hit 255 3-pointers - almost eight a game - and accelerated the pace as the season wore on. Complicating things for anyone trying to guard the perimeter against the T...