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No. 19 North Carolina beats Boston College 81-63 in ACC Tournament
Brice Johnson scored 17 points to help No. 19 North Carolina beat Boston College 81-63 on Wednesday in the second round of the ACC tournament. Marcus Paige also scored 17 for the Tar Heels. UNC played without starting forward Kennedy Meeks and had trouble putting away the Eagles for much of the second half, but pulled away late to set up a matchup with No. 14 Louisville.
Video: Isaiah Hicks Putback Dunk vs. BC in ACC Tournament
Isaiah Hicks cleans up the miss and dunks the follow late in the win over Boston College on March 11th, 2015 in the ACC Tournament.
Box Score: North Carolina 81, Boston College 63
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 81-63 win over Boston College Wednesday in the second round of the 2015 ACC Basketball Tournament:
ACC tournament moment: Hansbrough's game-winner (video)
In the 2008 ACC tournament against Virginia Tech with .8 seconds remaining, North Carolina forward Tyler Hansbrough rebounded a Tywon Lawson miss, stepped back and nailed a baseline jumper to go up two against the Hokies. UNC would go on to win the game. The celebration was maybe more incredible than the shot.
UNC Prepares For BC Without Starting Center
North Carolina likely won’t be at full strength on Wednesday when it faces Boston College in the ACC Tournament. Coach Roy Williams said on Tuesday morning that starting center Kennedy Meeks has missed the last two days of practice with an illness, and he’s doubtful for the tournament opener. Meeks has battled multiple illnesses this season, but he’s yet to miss a game.
What Was His Name? Boston College Edition
Allow me to reintroduce you to Tyrese Rice. Rice played at Boston College from 2006-09, scoring 20 or more points against Carolina four times. Two games against Rice-led teams should be engrained in the memory of every Carolina fan. The first came in March 2008. Rice scored 34 points in the the first half against the No. 2 Carolina on his way to dropping 46 points.
Lucas: Matchup Could Dictate Personnel
No matter who spends the most time in the paint this afternoon, offensive rebounding should be key. Boston College gave up 18 offensive rebounds and 28 second-chance points on Tuesday, and second-chance opportunities have been a huge part of Carolina’s offense all season. UNC enters ACC Tournament play with the highest offensive rebounding percentage in the conference.
Tar Heels To Face BC In ACC Tournament
North Carolina will open play in the 2015 ACC Tournament in Greensboro on Wednesday at approximately 2 p.m. UNC will play No. 12 seed Boston College, which beat No. 13 seed Georgia Tech on Tuesday. The Tar Heels are the tournament’s fifth seed and have a bye to Wednesday’s second round in the new, Tuesday-to-Saturday ACC Tournament format.
ACCT Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #12 Boston College
Given the match-up, UNC's game plan is clear: Get the ball inside. Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks were a handful for the Eagles in Chestnut Hill on February 7th. That again should be the case. If Kennedy Meeks plays, he should be able to exploit his size advantage much the same way Georgia Tech as would Joel James. Prediction: UNC 77, Boston College 62
Songs, sweater vests and slippers – fans love their pre-game rituals
When the Tar Heels are on TV, you won’t see Art Shelby sitting still for long. If UNC is struggling, the long-time Tar Heel fan shuffles around his Harrisburg, Pennsylvania home looking for a new television to watch the game on with hopes that the change may spark the team. Sometimes, he claims, it even works. John Dykers, on the other hand, changes absolutely nothing.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Boston College
The rematch of the February 7th game in Chestnut Hill. UNC won that game by 11 but it was closer than that down the stretch before the Heels exerted control and seal the win. The strength of UNC's offense in the regular season win over the Eagles was the play of Brice Johnson and Isaiah Hicks who combined for 41 or UNC's 79 points. On the other end, UNC survived 30 points from Olivier Hanlan.
North Carolina-Boston College Preview
When North Carolina took on Boston College last month, the Tar Heels executed their game plan after coach Roy Williams noticed his squad had a distinct size advantage. Nineteenth-ranked North Carolina may try to replicate that approach in Greensboro on Wednesday when it looks to begin a run toward its first ACC tournament title in seven years with another win over the Eagles.
Roy Williams Bringing Four Suits To Greensboro
The Tar Heels have been coming up short against the league’s best teams down the stretch of the regular season. They’ll get another crack at the ACC’s upper crust this week in Greensboro. That is, if No. 19 North Carolina can first get past Boston College Wednesday afternoon. UNC head coach Roy Williams says he’s packing four suits for the ACC Tournament.
Previewing Boston College
No. 5 seed North Carolina opens ACC Tournament play against No. 12 seed Boston College on Wednesday. Tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network. The Tar Heels defeated the Eagles, 79-68, at Conte Forum on Feb. 7, 2015. Isaiah Hicks led UNC with a career-high 21 points in his second career start.
Brice Johnson is Heels' most productive, most criticized player
North Carolina’s most oft-criticized basketball player might just be its most important. With the Tar Heels hoping for a deep NCAA tournament run, junior forward Brice Johnson remains a central cog in UNC’s plans. Johnson occupies a curious space for the Tar Heels as both its most reliable post scorer and its most publicly criticized player.