Previewing Boston College

No. 5 seed North Carolina opens ACC Tournament play against No. 12 seed Boston College on Wednesday. Tip-off at the Greensboro Coliseum is set for shortly after 2 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN and the ACC Network.

North Carolina (21-10, 11-7) vs. Boston College (13-18, 4-14)
Greensboro, N.C. - Greensboro Coliseum
Wednesday, approx. 2:30 p.m.
ESPN (Sean McDonough, Shane Battier); ACCN (Tim Brant, Mike Gminski)


"They score the ball in the interior from a lot of different ways. So obviously it’s a lot similar to the way Georgia Tech played. We have to keep them off the backboard and try to neutralize them. And obviously we have to have some energy left. When you play a game like this, it’s kind of draining. So we’ve got to get ready to go." -- Boston College head coach Jim Christian on UNC, following his team's win over Georgia Tech on Tuesday

"It’s like a new season. Everybody is on the same terms of everybody being 0-0, but definitely tomorrow playing against UNC, and UNC being so close, it definitely feels like a road game but definitely will be a pretty good ACC tournament game." -- Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan


Season to Date: Boston College enters Wednesday's contest with a 13-18 (4-14 ACC) record. The Eagles lost nine games in a row spanning four weeks from the end of January until late February. Lately, however, Boston College has started to turn things around. Head coach Jim Christian’s squad has won its last four games with victories over N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. In their ACC Tournament first round win over the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, Olivier Hanlan hit a jumper with 10.9 seconds to play to lift the Eagles to a 66-65 win after trailing by six points with under two minutes to play.

Worth the Price of Admission: Hanlan has had a pretty good start to the week. On Sunday, Hanlan was selected as an All-ACC first-team selection by both the league coaches and ACSMA voters. His game-winning shot against the Yellow Jackets capped a 25-point performance that included eight rebounds and five assists. The junior standout currently leads the conference in scoring (19.6 points per game), and has accounted for nearly 30 percent of his team’s offense output.

Issues on the Glass: This team has had troubles rebounding the basketball all season long. The Eagles have the second worst rebounding margin in the ACC (minus-1.6) and have also pulled down the second fewest rebounds (just 932 in total). Boston College ranks 310th nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (26.5), according to From an individual perspective, BC’s leading rebounder (junior Dennis Clifford) only averages 5.5 rebounds per game.

Stat Crunch: In ACC play, Boston College rank fifth in field goal percentage (44.3) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (35.0). Defensively, the Eagles finished 12th in field goal percentage defense (45.5) and 3-point field goal percentage defense (36.9).

Helping Hand for Hanlan: Senior Aaron Brown has emerged as a reliable second scoring option for this Boston College offense. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging 14.6 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting. Brown struggled in the ACC Tournament opening, however, scoring just three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

Last Meeting: The Tar Heels defeated the Eagles, 79-68, at Conte Forum on Feb. 7, 2015. Isaiah Hicks led UNC with a career-high 21 points in his second career start. Brice Johnson added 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Marcus Paige added 13 points and seven rebounds. UNC limited Boston College to 21.7 percent from 3-point range (5-of-23).

Series History: UNC leads the all-time series with Boston College, 12-5. The Tar Heels have won 10 of the last 12 meetings, including six in a row. UNC is 1-1 against the Eagles in the ACC Tournament.

Projected Starters:
21 Olivier Hanlan (6-4, 190, Jr.) - 19.6 ppg, 4.2 apg
22 Aaron Brown (6-5, 215, Gr.) - 14.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg
33 Patrick Heckmann (6-6, 210, Sr.) - 8.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg
01 Dimitri Batten (6-3, 205, Gr.) - 7.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
24 Dennis Clifford (7-1, 250, Jr.) - 6.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg

Top Reserves:
11 Will Magarity (6-11, 240, So.) - 3.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg
00 Garland Owens (6-5, 210, So.) - 3.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg
04 Eddie Odio (6-8, 210, Sr.) - 2.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg

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