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

recently.

After two poor shooting performances, the 19th-ranked Tar Heels

seek their third straight win Saturday when they face the Eagles in

Chapel Hill.

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

points.

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

Saturday.

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.