Boston College-North Carolina Preview
North Carolina connected on more than half of its 3-pointers in
a 32-point rout of Boston College earlier this month, but the team
hasn’t been nearly as sharp from anywhere on the floor
After two poor shooting performances, the 19th-ranked Tar Heels
seek their third straight win Saturday when they face the Eagles in
North Carolina (19-6, 9-2) bounced back from its loss to
ACC-leading Duke on Feb. 9 with wins at Clemson and at home against
Wake Forest. However, the Tar Heels have shot 37.1 percent while
going 7 for 41 from 3-point range in those contests.
“It felt a little flat,” Tyler Zeller said after scoring 18
points in a 78-64 win over the Demon Deacons on Tuesday. “It’s one
of those things that hopefully we can change and start shooting
like we were a couple of weeks ago.”
Coach Roy Williams said Zeller and John Henson need to be more
aggressive inside and take the pressure off the guards. North
Carolina attempted a season-high 27 3-pointers versus Wake.
“You can’t just sort of stand beside some guy, you’ve got to
aggressively demand the basketball,” he said Friday.
However, it was long-range shooting that keyed a 106-74 win over
Boston College on Feb. 1. North Carolina was 11 of 21 from beyond
the arc, with freshman Harrison Barnes sinking four en route to a
career-high 26 points.
However, Barnes is coming off a frustrating performance against
Wake Forest. He missed of seven of eight 3s while totaling 17
The Tar Heels are second in the ACC behind the one-loss Blue
Devils. North Carolina also has a favorable upcoming schedule
before closing the regular season at home against Duke on March 5.
After Saturday, North Carolina faces North Carolina State and
Maryland, both of in the bottom half of the conference standings,
and then visits Florida State.
Meanwhile, Boston College (16-9, 6-5) is looking to win
back-to-back games for the first time since early January. The
Eagles are coming off a 76-72 victory over Maryland last
Reggie Jackson had a career-high 31 points after scoring 27 on
Feb. 8 in a 77-69 loss at Clemson. Jackson will especially be
looking to play better against North Carolina after being held to
six points in the loss earlier this month. Still, the Tar Heels are
wary of the recent surge by the junior guard.
“Man alive, he’s scary (against Maryland),” Williams said. “He’s
really playing well.”
Since opening their ACC slate with three straight wins, the
Eagles are searching for a signature victory to add to their NCAA
tournament resume. However, they’ve lost four straight on the road
and are 2-5 overall away from Chestnut Hill.
Boston College upset then-top-ranked North Carolina 85-78 in its
last visit to Chapel Hill on Jan. 4, 2009.