Previewing Boston College

The Tar Heels must put the NC State loss behind them as they head north to face Boston College - a game they can't afford to lose when it comes to postseason aspirations. Tuesday's tip-off at Conte Forum is at 9 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.

North Carolina (13-6, 3-3) vs. Boston College (9-10, 1-5)
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -- Conte Forum
Tuesday, 9 p.m.
ESPNU (Tom Hart, Len Elmore)


"We're a team that wants to play fast. I want to play multiple possessions. I want to play ten guys. I want to get the ideal point total, 75 to 80 points a game. But we're not good enough to go out and say that and expect to understand that we've got to be competitive every night." – Boston College head coach Steve Donahue

"We've been struggling to get wins here in the league, but I thought we played pretty good basketball for probably every half of the season with the exception of this last half at Virginia." – Donahue


Season to Date: Boston College enters Tuesday's contest with a 9-10 (1-5 ACC) record. The Eagles lost four of their first six games before winning seven of their next nine entering ACC play. Third-year head coach Steve Donahue's young roster has been up and down this year, as evidenced by losses to Bryant (56-54) and Harvard (79-63) and victories over Penn State (73-61) and Auburn (50-49). Boston College has lost four straight ACC games since beating Virginia Tech, 86-75, on Jan. 9.

Sophomore Standout: Forward Ryan Anderson joined Duke's Austin Rivers as the only unanimous choices to the 2012 ACC All-Freshman Team after averaging 11.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-8, 220-pounder has built on that rookie performance by averaging 16.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game, both good for third in the ACC.

Glaring Youth: The stats tell you all you need to know. Ninety-five percent of the Eagles' points come from underclassmen, as well as 94 percent of their rebounds and 97 percent of their assists, according to Boston College's sports information department. Donahue starts three sophomores and two freshmen. Add in sophomores Dennis Clifford and Eddie Odio for the only seven Eagles to average 10 minutes or more in ACC play.

Home At Last: The Eagles opened their ACC slate with four of their first six on the road. All but one of those – at Virginia Tech – resulted in a loss. Their two home contests, despite both being losses, offer some hope for Donahue's squad. Boston College lost a tight game to No. 19 N.C. State, 78-73, in its conference opener and then dropped a 60-59 contest to No. 14 Miami on Jan. 16. The Eagles are 7-4 at Conte Forum on the season.

Woeful Defense: With youth often comes defensive struggles and Boston College is no exception. The Eagles hold down the cellar spot in the ACC in both field goal percentage defense (44.7) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (36.0). Those statistics are even worse in conference play – Boston College is allowing opponents to shoot 48.3 percent, including a 39.3 percent mark from behind the arc.

Stat to Watch: North Carolina ranks second in the ACC with a plus-4.6 rebound margin, while Boston College is in eighth place with a plus-0.9 mark. The Eagles are 2-7 this season when losing the rebounding battle.

Random Fact of the Day: Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan is the only active native Canadian in the ACC. The Aylmer, Quebec native is Boston College's second-leading scorer (13.7 points) and ranks third on the team in rebounds (4.4).

Last Meeting: North Carolina defeated Boston College, 83-60, at the Smith Center on Jan. 7, 2012. Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 25 points and Tyler Zeller added 20. The Tar Heels led by 21 points early in the second half before the Eagles cut their deficit to nine points with 9:19 to play.

Series History: UNC leads the overall series with Boston College, 9-5. The Tar Heels have won seven of the last nine meetings.

Projected Starters:
25 Joe Rahon (6-2, 195, Fr.) - 10.4 ppg, 3.8 apg
20 Lonnie Jackson (6-3, 180, So.) - 10.2 ppg, 2.0 apg
21 Oliver Hanlan (6-4, 188, Fr.) - 13.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg
33 Patrick Heckmann (6-5, 205, So.) - 7.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg
12 Ryan Anderson (6-8, 220, So.) - 16.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg

Top Reserves:
24 Dennis Clifford (7-0, 250, So.) - 4.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg
4 Eddie Odio (6-7, 205, So.) - 2.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg

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