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Preview: UNC vs. Louisville
The No. 5 seeded Tar Heels enter the contest after beating Boston College 81-63 in the ACC Tournament opener. Though they'll almost surely be without starting center Kennedy Meeks, point guard Marcus Paige has returned to nearly full health. Louisville, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, won four of its final five regular season games, including an upset of No. 3 Virginia.
Carolina-Louisville, Round 3 In ACC Quarterfinals
Fourth-seeded North Carolina (22-10) will play fifth-seeded Louisville (24-7) in the ACC Tournament just after 2 p.m. on Thursday with the Tar Heels trying to improve to 42-13 in ACC quarterfinals and the Cardinals playing their first Tournament game as the ACC’s newest member. Carolina and Louisville have played two memorable games already and will be meeting for a third time this season.
UNC-Louisville on collision course
UNC and the Louisville meet Thursday in the quarterfinals of the ACC tournament, with a tip time scheduled for 2 p.m. but realistically expected closer to 3 — as if the third meeting and rubber game between the fourth- and fifth-place teams in the ACC needed any more anticipation. The Heels and Cards have already played 85 minutes of basketball against each other this season.
Boston College cures what ails Justin Jackson, short-handed UNC
The biggest beneficiary of UNC's short-handed status and Boston College's bruising style was 6-foot-8, 193-pound wing Justin Jackson. With the Tar Heels in search of a third scoring option, Jackson responded with 12 points. More importantly, with the Eagles trying to outmuscle Jackson, he responded with the most physical outing of his freshman season.
Five Observations: UNC defeats Boston College
Much has been made of Carolina's lack of perimeter shooting, but it's steadily improved down the stretch. Over the past six games, the Heels have shot a combined 32-of-78 from 3-point range. The biggest improvement has come from Justin Jackson, who is at just 24 percent for the season, but has shot 9-for-23 over his past eight games.
ACCT Preview & Prediction: #5 UNC vs #4 Louisville
The personnel change for Louisville in the loss of Chris Jones and UNC possibly being without Kennedy Meeks offers a different dynamic for both teams. Louisville has had time to adjust to Jones' being off the team and the Cardinals' win over Virginia shows it isn't necessarily debilitating. The Tar Heels have had just one game without Meeks. Prediction: UNC 72, Louisville 69
Welcome, 'UNC State'
There was an unfortunate typo in the ACC’s guide book for its tournament this week. On page 39, listing all of the ACC team stats, N.C. State wasn’t listed as N.C. State. Instead, the Wolfpack’s team stats are listed under the heading “UNC State.”
Tar Heels Keep Hanlan in Check
North Carolina coach Roy Williams used several different players to limit ACC leading scorer Olivier Hanlan in the Tar Heels’ 81-63 victory over Boston College in ACC Tournament second round action on Wednesday. The first time these two teams got together in Chestnut Hill, Hanlan delivered exactly as advertised, and then some. The Eagles standout torched the Heels for a season-high 30 points.
Paige honored as ACC's top basketball scholar-athlete
Besides being a star on the court and UNC's best player and undisputed leader, Marcus Paige also gets it done off of the court. On Wednesday before his Tar Heels's 81-63 win over Boston College, the point guard was honored as the ACC's top basketball scholar-athlete, receiving the Skip Prosser Award.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Louisville
The third meeting between these two teams and both will be without personnel they had in the first meeting. For Louisville it is Chris Jones who was dismissed from the team. Jones' dismissal doesn't appear to have grossly impacted Louisville's efficiency numbers. It has been a mixed bag in his absence but against Virginia it was one of only five ACC games where the Cavaliers allowed an OE over 100.
Video: Williams, Paige, Tokoto Post-BC Press Conference
Roy Williams along with Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto discuss the Tar Heels' 81-63 win against Boston College in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Team Approach Dismisses Eagles
With Kennedy Meeks and Theo Pinson sidelined, No. 19 North Carolina received contributions up and down its lineup to run past Boston College, 81-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday. Nine different Tar Heels had scored by the time UNC built a 29-22 lead with 5:55 left before halftime. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led UNC with 17 points each.
Lucas: Doctor's Visit
With Carolina taking on Boston College on what felt like a Friday but was actually a Wednesday, I did the ACC Tournament the right way. First requirement: an excuse note to my son’s teacher to spring him from school. If you’re a kid in the state of North Carolina, you shouldn’t go to school on a day of ACC Tournament games. This should be a requirement.
Theo Pinson says he's day-to-day with foot injury
After missing 10 straight games while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, North Carolina freshman Theo Pinson closed the regular season with brief appearances against Georgia Tech and Duke. Pinson had a small setback Monday and missed his team's ACC tournament opener Wednesday, when the Tar Heels beat Boston College 81-63.
Tar Heels book rematch with Louisville
It’s a stark contrast from the Brice Johnson four days ago — the one that quietly sat alone in the North Carolina player's lounge, lamenting an 84-77 loss to Duke on Senior Day. That Brice Johnson had his head down with very little to say. But today, a Wednesday, this Brice Johnson has a grin that stretches across his entire face.