Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA
When: Saturday, March 1st, 3:30 PM
Records: UNC 26-2, 11-2 ACC; BC 13-13, 4-9 ACC
Another 3:30 game…that’s no good
Regardless of what BC’s record might be and their penchant for playing subpar basketball this game will be a tough road game for UNC. The ongoing plotline of UNC’s injury issues, especially when it comes to the possible return of Ty Lawson, will reach a climax in this game with actual action for the sophomore point guard. I will accept no news as being good news at this point and assume Lawson will see action on the court against BC. Now begins the delicate task of getting Lawson back running the offense and moving QT, whose contributions saved this season in many ways, to the backup role where we all hope he will continue to play at the same level. And the stakes could not be higher for the Heels than right now when a loss would be damaging to how the NCAA my setup for UNC.
The question heading into this one is how well UNC handles Tyrese Rice and his ability to effectively run the offense and be the offense. During the game at Chapel Hill, Rice got his points but also turned the ball over quite a bit and BC got very little from anyone else. At the time it was one of the finer defensive efforts of the season and also at that juncture where Lawson was playing some of his best basketball. So questions persist as to how UNC will repeat the job they did on Rice last time out and that answer probably lies with Marcus Ginyard though QT has shown himself capable of playing some good defense. As always this game will be about what Tyler Hansbrough does and if Wayne Ellington/Danny Green can compliment him with outside shooting.
UNC 81 BC 72