Paige honored as ACC's top basketball scholar-athleteBesides being a star on the court and UNC's best player and undisputed leader, Marcus Paige also gets it done off of the court. On Wednesday before his Tar Heels's 81-63 win over Boston College, the point guard was honored as the ACC's top basketball scholar-athlete, receiving the Skip Prosser Award. (Carolina Blue)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs LouisvilleThe third meeting between these two teams and both will be without personnel they had in the first meeting. For Louisville it is Chris Jones who was dismissed from the team. Jones' dismissal doesn't appear to have grossly impacted Louisville's efficiency numbers. It has been a mixed bag in his absence but against Virginia it was one of only five ACC games where the Cavaliers allowed an OE over 100. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Williams, Paige, Tokoto Post-BC Press ConferenceRoy Williams along with Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto discuss the Tar Heels' 81-63 win against Boston College in the ACC Tournament on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Team Approach Dismisses EaglesWith Kennedy Meeks and Theo Pinson sidelined, No. 19 North Carolina received contributions up and down its lineup to run past Boston College, 81-63, in the second round of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday. Nine different Tar Heels had scored by the time UNC built a 29-22 lead with 5:55 left before halftime. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led UNC with 17 points each. (Inside Carolina)
Lucas: Doctor's VisitWith Carolina taking on Boston College on what felt like a Friday but was actually a Wednesday, I did the ACC Tournament the right way. First requirement: an excuse note to my son’s teacher to spring him from school. If you’re a kid in the state of North Carolina, you shouldn’t go to school on a day of ACC Tournament games. This should be a requirement. (GoHeels.com)
Theo Pinson says he's day-to-day with foot injuryAfter missing 10 straight games while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot, North Carolina freshman Theo Pinson closed the regular season with brief appearances against Georgia Tech and Duke. Pinson had a small setback Monday and missed his team's ACC tournament opener Wednesday, when the Tar Heels beat Boston College 81-63. (Fayetteville Observer)
Tar Heels book rematch with LouisvilleIt’s a stark contrast from the Brice Johnson four days ago — the one that quietly sat alone in the North Carolina player's lounge, lamenting an 84-77 loss to Duke on Senior Day. That Brice Johnson had his head down with very little to say. But today, a Wednesday, this Brice Johnson has a grin that stretches across his entire face. (Daily Tar Heel)
Turner's Take: Guarding TessThat kind of defensive intensity and communication will need to carry through the remainder of the ACC Tournament, and there’s no rest for the weary: having dispatched the Eagles, Carolina now draws fourth-seeded Louisville and another high-scoring guard. Asked if there was another player defenses have to account for quite like Olivier Hanlan, J.P. Tokoto didn’t hesitate. (GoHeels.com)
UNC-Boston College: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Well, we feel really good about the outcome. It is hard for B.C. to play two straight days like that. It is hard in this tournament. But we have to put that out of our mind because we get a chance to do it tomorrow and it is an opportunity. I think [Olivier] Hanlan is just so, so hard to guard. I think J.P. did a really nice job on him. Marcus had him some and Joel had him some." (Inside Carolina)
Kennedy Meeks Doubtful vs. LouisvilleNo. 19 North Carolina will likely be without starting forward Kennedy Meeks for the second straight game in Thursday’s ACC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with No. 14 Louisville. Meeks did not play in UNC’s 81-63 win over Boston College on Wednesday due to illness. The Charlotte, N.C. native also sat out practice on Monday and Tuesday while running a fever. (Inside Carolina)
UNC-Boston College Game NotesRoy Williams is now tied for 15th place in NCAA history with 746 wins with former Kansas coach Phog Allen. Williams is 746-200 overall and 328-99 at Carolina, 16-9 in the ACC Tournament. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson led UNC with 17 points apiece. That is the 11th time Paige has led UNC in scoring and the 10th time Johnson has done that. (GoHeels.com)
Do Tar Heels need Kennedy Meeks against Cards?Kennedy Meeks, battling a fever, missed practice sessions in Chapel Hill leading into the game Wednesday. His status for the quarterfinal game against Louisville is uncertain. During the win over Boston College, Meeks, dressed in a dark suit, was involved in every sense. But whether Meeks is back or still out against the Cardinals, there’s another part of give/take game equation that has changed. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Tourney Talking Points: Heels slow HanlanMarcus Paige was Marcus Paige. The guard nearly had a double-double against Boston College, scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists. Is he back? Like for real "Back!?" Maybe. Paige said after the game that he doesn't quite feel 100 percent, but it's important to not that he has been able to practice on a normal schedule. This is nothing but a positive for UNC. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Recap & Analysis: UNC 81 Boston College 63It wasn't the cleanest game and some of the second half miscues surfaced again but the Tar Heels shutdown Boston College's Olivier Hanlan and got another solid game from Marcus Paige to send the Eagles home 81-63. The Tar Heels entered the game without center Kennedy Meeks who was out with a mysterious ailment for which Roy Williams has not received a definitive answer. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Top 3 Dunks vs BC in UNC's ACC Tournament WinBrice Johnson dunked early and often against the Eagles, and Isaiah Hicks had an impressive putback for the Tar Heels. Watch the top 3 North Carolina dunks against Boston College in the second round of the 2015 New York Life ACC Tournament.
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