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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.
Turner's Take: Guarding Tess
That kind of defensive intensity and communication will need to carry through the remainder of the ACC Tournament, and there’s no rest for the weary: having dispatched the Eagles, Carolina now draws fourth-seeded Louisville and another high-scoring guard. Asked if there was another player defenses have to account for quite like Olivier Hanlan, J.P. Tokoto didn’t hesitate.
UNC-Boston College: Roy Williams Postgame Quotes
Roy Williams: "Well, we feel really good about the outcome. It is hard for B.C. to play two straight days like that. It is hard in this tournament. But we have to put that out of our mind because we get a chance to do it tomorrow and it is an opportunity. I think [Olivier] Hanlan is just so, so hard to guard. I think J.P. did a really nice job on him. Marcus had him some and Joel had him some."
Kennedy Meeks Doubtful vs. Louisville
No. 19 North Carolina will likely be without starting forward Kennedy Meeks for the second straight game in Thursday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with No. 14 Louisville. Meeks did not play in UNC’s 81-63 win over Boston College on Wednesday due to illness. The Charlotte, N.C. native also sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday while running a fever.
UNC-Boston College Game Notes
Roy Williams is now tied for 15th place in NCAA history with 746 wins with former Kansas coach Phog Allen. Williams is 746-200 overall and 328-99 at Carolina, 16-9 in the ACC Tournament. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led UNC with 17 points apiece. That is the 11th time Paige has led UNC in scoring and the 10th time Johnson has done that.
Do Tar Heels need Kennedy Meeks against Cards?
Kennedy Meeks, battling a fever, missed practice sessions in Chapel Hill leading into the game Wednesday. His status for the quarterfinal game against Louisville is uncertain. During the win over Boston College, Meeks, dressed in a dark suit, was involved in every sense. But whether Meeks is back or still out against the Cardinals, there’s another part of give/take game equation that has changed.
Tourney Talking Points: Heels slow Hanlan
Marcus Paige was Marcus Paige. The guard nearly had a double-double against Boston College, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists. Is he back? Like for real "Back!?" Maybe. Paige said after the game that he doesn't quite feel 100 percent, but it's important to not that he has been able to practice on a normal schedule. This is nothing but a positive for UNC.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 81 Boston College 63
It wasn't the cleanest game and some of the second half miscues surfaced again but the Tar Heels shutdown Boston College's Olivier Hanlan and got another solid game from Marcus Paige to send the Eagles home 81-63. The Tar Heels entered the game without center Kennedy Meeks who was out with a mysterious ailment for which Roy Williams has not received a definitive answer.
Video: Top 3 Dunks vs BC in UNC's ACC Tournament Win
Brice Johnson dunked early and often against the Eagles, and Isaiah Hicks had an impressive putback for the Tar Heels. Watch the top 3 North Carolina dunks against Boston College in the second round of the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament.
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: