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Instant Analysis: UNC 82, Boston College 71
North Carolina executed on offense much better than Boston College. Neither team played great defense, but the Tar Heels worked for better shots in the second half. Boston College made close to 50 percent of its 3-pointers, which never allowed UNC to pull away, but UNC held Boston College to a lower shooting percentage in the second half while shooting above 50 percent on its own end.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Boston College
It's uncanny how the Tar Heels have been so completely unable to put the team on the floor that Roy Williams wants to utilize. Coming off a week of practice, Williams decided to shake up the starting lineup and insert Jackson Simmons and Leslie McDonald. So what happened? Simmons suffered a cut less than two minutes into the game and had to return to the locker room.
Video: Brice Johnson dunk from J.P. Tokoto steal vs. Boston College
North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto creates the steal and Brice Johnson finishes the one man fast break with a slam against Boston College.
Box Score: North Carolina 82, Boston College 71
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UNC breaks skid with 82-71 victory against Boston College
Seeking a spark, North Carolina coach Roy Williams changed his starting lineup on Saturday for the Tar Heels’ game against Boston College. His team was still sluggish at times, and still sloppy, but it prevailed in an 82-71 victory that UNC hopes will now ignite a turnaround. Boston College hung around during the second half. The Tar Heels, though, finally put the Eagles away late.
Preview: UNC vs Boston College
There really isn't a much clearer objective for UNC in this game than to simply win and avoid falling to 0-4 in ACC play. At 0-3, the Tar Heels are not in a position to take a longer view than the game ahead. Secondary to the whole winning issue is getting the offense rolling again, especially Marcus Paige. Prediction: UNC 70 Boston College 58
A Closer Look: Boston College
Boston College has played a brutal schedule so far this season, making it number three in the country with strength of schedule. This is a team that is made mostly of juniors on the team and a team that can pose issues for the Tar Heels this coming Saturday.
UNC: Athlete literacy research findings flawed
North Carolina's top academic officer said Friday that reading specialist Mary Willingham's findings on athlete literacy levels are flawed, though she stands firm that her research is ''100 percent correct.'' In a meeting of the school's faculty council, provost James W. Dean Jr. said there is ''absolutely no basis whatsoever in the dataset to make any claim about the literacy of our student-athletes.''
Tale of the Tape: UNC-Boston College
How is this for a match-up? The worst offensive efficiency in the ACC (UNC) vs the worst defensive efficiency in the ACC (Boston College.) After three ACC games where UNC has progressively gotten worse on the offensive end, UNC gets a chance to right the ship. For the season, Boston College is 297th in defensive efficiency, 254th in defensive eFG% and 298th in three point percentage defense.
Tar Heels looking to put pedal to the metal against B.C.
North Carolina’s ACC-worst 0-3 league record has been caused in part by some uncharacteristically bad performances on offense. After failing to shoot 40 percent from the field in any of the first three conference games, UNC coach Roy Williams said he’s focused on speeding up the tempo heading into Saturday’s game against Boston College at the Smith Center (noon, ESPN).
UNC-Chapel Hill leaders share facts on Willingham dataset, findings
In a regular meeting of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Faculty Council, Chancellor Carol L. Folt and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean, Jr. shared their initial findings from an evaluation of the dataset used by Mary Willingham, a student adviser. Folt and Dean shared facts that laid out a range of serious mistakes made by Willingham in the University’s analysis of her data.
Lucas: Tar Heel Basketball Notebook
Roy Williams continues to identify tempo as one of the key issues facing his 2014 Tar Heels. "I really love pushing the tempo," he said Friday afternoon. "We haven't gotten into that nearly as much as I want to. In the last week and a half, we've been focused even more on trying to run even more." But it's also true that this is a very difficult part of the schedule against which to try and increase the pace.
UNC's Offense Relying on Defense
North Carolina’s press conference may have sounded like a critique of the Tar Heels’ defense to the casual observer on Friday. The underlying problem, however, centers on the desperate need for UNC to find ways to score points. When asked about the primary focus during practice this week, Marcus Paige pointed to defensive improvement. “Honestly, that’s probably been where most of our trouble is.”
Video: Roy Williams, Marcus Paige Pre-Boston College Press Conference
North Carolina coach Roy Williams and guard Marcus Paige speak to the media Friday about surviving the long week without a game, preparing to play better defense, and looking ahead to Boston College.
Tar Heels' silent treatment can't ignore obvious
During the week North Carolina has had off between games, no one made mention of the dreaded “oh-for” start in ACC play. That’s not to say they didn’t think about it. Carolina isn’t in panic mode just yet, although a loss to Boston College on Saturday would ensure a high-level meltdown in Chapel Hill.