3 Important Observations from North Carolina's Blowout Win Over Notre Dame

This looks like a team that can win a title if a couple issues get solved
Harrison Ingram shot poorly but still pulled down 14 rebounds against Notre Dame
Harrison Ingram shot poorly but still pulled down 14 rebounds against Notre Dame / Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
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2. RJ Davis is Still the Sun Around Which the Tar Heels' Offense Orbits

Despite the national disrespect for RJ Davis in awards races, the Tar Heels' star continued his dominant stretch of play with 22 points on 9-of-15 shooting while nailing 4-of-6 three-pointers. He added six assists, four rebounds, and a steal and block each, setting the tone in the blowout victory.

Davis leads North Carolina with 21.5 points per game, shooting nearly 42% from beyond the arc to help space the floor for guys like Bacot to work the interior. Considering the added benefit that space provides slashers such as Harrison Ingram as well, it's no coincidence the Tar Heels have five straight wins.

Teams that make deep runs in the postseason typically have a guard or wing that can create their own shot and make three-pointers at a high clip. Stylistically, it's easier to generate open looks when defenses have to worry about shooters, as opposed to teams that clog the paint and slow things down in NCAA Tournament games.

Davis' high usage and frequent playmaking haven't come at a big cost either. He's turned the ball over just once in his last two contests and exceeded three just twice all year long.

No Tar Heel averages more than 1.8 turnovers per game, which is a pivotal stat in projecting their long-term outcome. If they can protect the ball and score from range while maintaining their defensive excellence, they'll be a tough out in the tournament.