North Carolina (17-6, 7-3) vs. Boston College (9-12, 1-8)
Boston, Mass. - Conte Forum
Saturday, 3:00 p.m.
ACCN (Tim Brando, Dan Bonner)
“[Olivier] Hanlan really scares you to death because he can score in so many different ways.” – UNC head coach Roy Williams
“Obviously, Hanlan has been a great guard in our league for the last couple of years. I think he’s going to be a big key. Containing him, making things difficult for him is going to be one of the keys.” – UNC guard Marcus Paige
“We’ve got to do a good job of guarding the guards. Their post players have not been a dominant part of their offense, but they really do a great job of what Jimmy wants them to do right. I don’t want one of those guys to go off for 30 against us just because I say that.” – Williams
Season to Date: Boston College enters Saturday’s contest with a 9-12 (1-8 ACC) record. After dropping three of its first five games under first-year head coach Jim Christian, the Eagles won five of their next six heading into ACC play. The conference grind has been rough, however, as their lone victory came at Georgia Tech, 64-62, on Jan. 25.
Hanlan Warming Up: Junior guard Olivier Hanlan leads the Eagles with 17.0 points and 4.7 assists per game, but he’s elevated his game during ACC play. In league games, the Aylmer, Quebec product leads the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (49.0), ranks third in scoring (18.8) and assists (5.0) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.8). Hanlan also ranks second in the ACC in minutes played per game (37.0).
Hot and Cold: Aiding Hanlan’s efforts is Southern Miss transfer Aaron Brown, who was immediately eligible to play after graduating with a degree in interdisciplinary studies. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder is Boston College’s only other double-digit scorer (14.7 ppg), although his shot is best defined as streaky. Brown turned heads with a 21-point effort at Syracuse and a 28-point showing eight days later at Louisville, yet he’s shooting just 35.8 percent and averaging 13.2 points per game in ACC play.
Stat Breakdown: There’s little to highlight when looking over Boston College’s statistical rankings. The Eagles rank 188th nationally in field goal percentage (43.4), 192nd in field goal percentage defense (43.0), T-218th in rebounding margin (minus-0.5) and 164th in turnover margin (0.3).
Veteran Roster: Boston College’s roster includes eight fourth- or -fifth year players. The starting five boasts two graduate students, a senior and two juniors. The Eagles returned over 65 percent of its scoring and 60 percent of its rebounding from last year’s 8-24 team. Christian welcomed three newcomers to his squad - fifth-year transfers in Dimitri Batten (ODU) and Brown and freshman Idy Dialio, a former Cal commitment.
Last Meeting: The Tar Heels defeated the Eagles, 82-71, in Chapel Hill on Jan. 18, 2014. Marcus Paige led UNC with 21 points, while James Michael McAdoo added 17 points and six rebounds.
Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with Boston College, 11-5. The Tar Heels have won nine of the last 11 meetings, including five in a row.
21 Olivier Hanlan (6-4, 190, Jr.) - 17.0 ppg, 4.7 apg
22 Aaron Brown (6-5, 215, Gr.) - 14.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
33 Patrick Heckmann (6-6, 210, Sr.) - 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg
01 Dimitri Batten (6-3, 205, Gr.) - 7.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg
24 Dennis Clifford (7-1, 250, Jr.) - 6.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg
11 Will Magarity (6-11, 240, So.) - 3.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
00 Garland Owens (6-5, 210, So.) - 3.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg
04 Eddie Odio (6-8, 210, Sr.) - 2.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
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