Alex Conway & John Gwaltney Jr
North Carolina is coming off a
91-83 defeat to North Carolina State. They follow that
emotionally draining loss by taking a long trip up the eastern
seaboard to play a 9 p.m. weekday game against the ACC's most
northern team, Boston College.
Boston College is at the bottom of the ACC standings and will
face a UNC team that won't lack for motivation.
UNC Head Coach
Roy Williams was clearly perturbed in the post-game press
conference. He said he wasn't into "learning experiences" but
here's betting that Williams and his team would love to teach the
Golden Eagles what it's like to face a team that's coming off a
tough nationally televised loss.
Boston College at a glance
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts Nickname: Eagles Colors: Maroon & Gold Conference: ACC Arena: Conte Forum (8,606) 2011-2012 Record: 9-22 (4-12) Last Game: L 65-51 at Virginia More on the Wolfpack: Schedule
Game Preview Thoughts
A cautionary tale when facing cellar-dwellers
UNC only has to look at its last opponent to see what can happen
when you take any ACC team lightly, even one sitting in the basement
of the conference.
Getting an ACC road win is nothing to sneeze at. The Tar
Heels have only won two true road games this year (Long Beach State
and Florida State).
Boston College's five ACC losses have all been single-digit
shortcomings. They haven't been blown out yet and should be
another stern test for the Tar Heels.
Reggie Bullock didn't have a great night against N.C. State.
He only shot 4-of-11 and 2-of-6 from three-point range.
Bullock managed to finish with 10 points against the Wolfpack.
It was almost his fourth game of the season where he didn't score in
In games that Bullock didn't score over 10 points (Gardner-Webb,
Long Beach State and Indiana) he didn't score any less than 15
points in his next outing (Florida Atlantic, Mississippi State and
Bullock has been this season's team leader. Even if he
doesn't produce, he's always ready to take his shots. He's a
scorer but more importantly serves as the voice of this team,
evident by his calling a player's only meeting earlier in the year.
It would be shocking if Bullock does anything but perform well
Tar Heels' fans want more
P.J. Hairston. Check this message boards for verification on
Hairston, whose biggest issues is his consistency, scored 12 of
his 19 points in the final seven minutes of the game during a
stretch that saw UNC cut a 28 point deficit down to 5 against N.C.
Hairston's ability to score isn't a question. As stated above,
it's all about being consistent.
There could be many explanations as to why Williams chooses to
keep Hairston in his sixth man role. Maybe Hairston isn't impressive
enough in practice. Maybe Williams' fierce loyalty, something
Williams has admitted has caused him problems in the past, won't
allow him to bench the senior
Dexter Strickland in favor of the more dynamic Hairston.
Whatever the reason is, only Williams knows but this team
performs at another level when Hairston is on his game.
Whether that production comes from the bench or after Hairston's
name is called once the lights dim and the music gets turned up real
loud doesn't really matter as long as it's there.
This next point isn't rooted in any statistics whatsoever.
But then a funny thing happened in the locker room.
Take a look at the post-game video of Paige after the NCSU loss.
Notice the demeanor Paige displays as he answers questions after the
man he guarded introduced him to what the elite level of point guard
play is all about.
Paige didn't lower his head. He didn't look overly upset.
He didn't look like a man who was beaten. He also didn't look
much like a guy who was about to give up.
North Carolina (12-6, 3-3) vs. Boston
Date: Tue, Jan. 29,
2013 Time: 9:00 PM EST Venue:
Conte Forum (8,606) TV: ESPNU Radio: Tar Heel Sports
Network & SiriusXM (Sirius 92, XM 191) Series: UNC leads, 9-5
(including 3-1 in Chestnut Hill in the Conte Forum)
Head Coach - Roy Williams
(270-74 at UNC; 688-175 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 36
Last starting line-up for North Carolina
(against N.C. State)
F - Desmond Hubert F - Reggie Bullock F - James Michael McAdoo
G - Dexter Strickland G - Marcus Paige
Points: 78.9 PPG (9th
Rebounds: 42.5 RPG (4th
Assists: 18.3 APG (2nd
Field goal percentage: .446
Scoring: James Michael
McAdoo (14.6 PPG) Reggie Bullock (14.1 PPG)
Michael McAdoo (8.4 RPG) Reggie Bullock (5.7 RPG)
Assists: Marcus Paige
(4.4 APG) Dexter Strickland
Head Coach - Steve Donahue (39-45 at
BC; 185-183 overall)
Rankings - AP: NR, USA Today:
NR, RPI: 130
Points: 67.8 (173rd overall)
Rebounds: 33.5 (237th
Assists: 12.5 (189th
Field goal percentage: .431
Scoring: Ryan Anderson (16.4
PPG) Olivier Hanlan (13.7 PPG)
Anderson (9.1 RPG)
Dennis Clifford (4.7 RPG)
Assists: Joe Rahon (3.8 APG)
Olivier Hanlan (2.6 APG)
Last starting line-up for Boston College (against
F - Ryan Anderson G - Lonnie Jackson G - Olivier Hanlan
G - Joe Rahon G - Patrick Heckmann
Last Season's Meeting
January 7, 2012
It's clear that Paige hasn't put
everything together yet. He doesn't have Kendall Marshall's
basketball instincts, Ty Lawson's speed and his shot hasn't fallen at
the rate it needs to.
But Paige has something, that those guys had,
and it's every bit as important when trying to become the next great UNC
point guard: Confidence.
You can see it in the way he answers every
question, the way he never seems to crumble under pressure on the court
and (sometimes to his and UNC's detriment) the way he never hesitates to
shoot when he's left open.
Who knows if that means he'll be something
special. But he's got a special belief in himself that is
incredibly hard to find and he's developing it more with each game.
That is certainly something to watch heading into the Boston College