Boston College vs North Carolina Preview and Prediction
Boston College vs North Carolina Preview
For the first time in 2018, the North Carolina Tar Heels will take comfort at the Dean E. Smith Center and work towards a victory–something they haven’t been able to do the last two times out.
“There’s not much relief because Boston College is coming to town,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Monday.
The Tar Heels (12-4, 1-2 ACC) have lost back-to-back games for the first time since February 2016. There hasn’t been a three-game slide for North Carolina since January 2014, something it hopes to avoid at the Smith Center.
So this might not be the best time for Boston College to be showing up. Eagles coach Jim Christian said there’s no reason to think the Tar Heels have taken a big drop.
“I see a very good basketball team. I see a team when shots go in, everybody looks good,” Christian said. “… They’ve also played two (ACC) road games. It’s not an easy game on the road. They’ve played two fantastic teams on the road. They’re the defending national champion. Until somebody knocks them off the pedestal, that’s how I view (them).”
North Carolina’s losses last week came to two nationally ranked teams, with a setback at Florida State before the Virginia game.
Boston College (11-5, 2-2), which defeated then-No. 1 Duke last month, is coming off Saturday’s 77-71 victory against visiting Wake Forest.
Junior guard Jerome Robinson of Boston College will be making a homecoming of sorts because he’s from nearby Raleigh. In four ACC games, he’s averaging a league-best 26.5 points per game (while he’s fourth in the ACC at 18.4 for all games this season).
“Especially in ACC play, his numbers have been staggering,” Christian said. “I just think he’s a more mature player.”
North Carolina has been consistent from half to half in some ways. The Tar Heels have scored 661 points in the first halves of games and 661 in the second halves.
North Carolina is 14-4 against Boston College since the Eagles joined the ACC. The Tar Heels have won the last 10 meetings.
I expect North Carolina to get back on track with a home victory over an improving Boston College team. With the line hovering around -15 for the Tar Heels, it may be scary to lay those points down, but the outcome will be well worth it.
North Carolina 92 Boston College 76