Previewing Boston College

North Carolina is tied atop the ACC standings, but now faces what will likely be its toughest four-game stretch of the conference season. That stretch begins with a trip to Boston College on Tuesday. Tip-off at Conte Forum is set for 9 p.m. and will be televised by Raycom.

North Carolina (15-5, 5-1) vs. Boston College (14-7, 4-3)
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -- Conte Forum
9:00 -- Raycom (Bob Rathbun, Dan Bonner)


"They stretch your whole defense, and then you have everyone except for Josh Southern and Cortney Dunn that have taken threes, so you've got to defend the 3-point shot through your top four positions. Corey [Raji] is a three-man and we'll probably guard him with our three-man. Joe [Trapani] is an even worse match-up because he's the four-man for them and he's shot 87 [3-pointers]." – UNC head coach Roy Williams

"He may be playing as well as anybody in the conference, and if he's not the best, as old Bum Phillips used to say, it doesn't take long to call the roll to get to him." – Williams on Boston College guard Reggie Jackson


Season to Date: Boston College enters Tuesday's contest with a 14-7 (4-3 ACC) record. First-year head coach Steve Donahue's squad countered nonconference wins over Texas A&M (67-65) and Indiana (88-76) with losses to Yale (75-67), Harvard (78-69) and Rhode Island (67-65) before winning its first three ACC contests. The Eagles have lost three of their last four games, including double-digit losses to Florida State (67-51) and Duke (84-68) in their last two outings.

Mr. January: Guard Reggie Jackson has exploded in Donahue's new offensive system during his junior season in Chestnut Hill. The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder is averaging 18.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game while knocking down an incredible 51.5 percent of his field goal attempts – sixth among all Division I guards. Jackson has maintained his level of play in ACC action, ranking second in scoring (18.3 ppg), second in assists (5.4) and fifth in field goal percentage (.488). Duke shut the athletic guard down in his last outing, however, holding him to seven points last Thursday.

Senior Citizens: Donahue's first team at Boston College is loaded with eight seniors, including five of the Eagles' nine players that are playing more than 10 minutes per game. Four seniors – Joe Trapani (14.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Corey Raji (12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Biko Paris (10.9 ppg, 3.4 apg) and Josh Southern (7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg) – join Jackson in the starting lineup, and forward Cortney Dunn is contributing 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds off the bench.

Mad Bombers: Cornell earned a Sweet 16 appearance last season after draining 9.6 3-pointers per game, and Donahue has seamlessly shifted that offensive approach to Boston College. The Eagles rank 12th nationally in making 9.0 treys per game, but what makes that statistic even more dangerous is that they rank second in the ACC (behind Duke) in 3-point field goal percentage (.387). Jackson, Trapani, Raji, Paris and reserve Danny Rubin have all connected on at least 25 3-pointers this season.

Taking Care of the Basketball: The Eagles lead the ACC and rank seventh nationally in committing just 10.6 turnovers per game. Combine that with 15.5 assists per outing – second in the ACC and 37th nationally – and you have the recipe for a stout assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5). That mark leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally.

Last Meeting: Boston College defeated North Carolina, 71-67, on Feb. 20, 2010, at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill. Reggie Jackson scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half and added seven rebounds and seven assists for the Eagles. Deon Thompson led the Tar Heels with 17 points and seven rebounds, while John Henson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds.

Series History: North Carolina leads the all-time series with Boston College, 6-5. The Eagles have won the past two meetings, ending a four-game winning streak by the Tar Heels.

Projected Starters:
0 Reggie Jackson (6-3, 208, Jr.) - 11.1 ppg, 5.0 apg
5 Biko Paris (6-1, 194, Sr.) - 10.9 ppg, 3.4 apg
11 Corey Raji (6-6, 218, Sr.) - 12.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg
12 Joe Trapani (6-8, 232, Sr.) - 14.1 ppg, 7.0 rpg
52 Josh Southern (6-10, 263, Sr.) - 7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Top Reserves:
31 Danny Rubin (6-6, 170, Fr.) - 5.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg
30 Dallas Elmore (6-5, 210, Jr.) - 2.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg
4 Gabe Moton (6-2, 170, Fr.) - 2.2 ppg
55 Cortney Dunn (6-8, 238, Sr.) - 1.7 ppg, 1.5 rpg

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