Lucas: Oxford EverywhereLuke Davis couldn’t say exactly why he’d had the premonition. He just knew that he had it. In the minutes before Saturday’s game at Boston College, Davis proclaimed to Carolina’s suit brigade—a group that lost Joel Berry II, who returned after a seven-game absence due to a groin injury, but gained Desmond Hubert, who was injured in practice this week—“I think Isaiah is going to score 20.” (GoHeels.com)
Hicks gets start, 21 points as UNC tops Boston College 79-68The North Carolina mystique isn’t what is was. Even not-so-good teams like Boston College don’t quake in their sneakers when the Tar Heels show up. So UNC had to earn one up here, escaping Silvio O. Conte Forum — and hopefully the snow threatening the Boston area — with a 79-68 Atlantic Coast Conference win over the Eagles on Saturday. (Durham Herald-Sun)
UNC-Boston College: Roy Williams Postgame QuotesWhat went into your decision to switch up the starting lineup? Roy Williams: “We hadn’t played as well. Different things for different people. J.P. seemed out of it the other night completely, and had had 12 turnovers in the two games prior to that. Our defensive grades for Brice and Kennedy weren’t as good. I hesitated a little bit to make any change." (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC-Boston College Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 79-68 win over Boston College Saturday in Chestnut Hill.
Recap & Analysis: UNC 79, Boston College 68At some point this team will put together two good halves. As it stands right now, as long as the good half is the second one and it results in a win that's fine. Isaiah Hicks posted a career high 21 points in his second start of the season and Brice Johnson had 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Heels to a 79-68 win at Boston College. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Brice Johnson's Dunk Goes In & Comes Back OutNorth Carolina's Brice Johnson follows the miss with a putback dunk that goes through the rim, gets caught in the net, bounces out, and does not count.
Hicks, Johnson, No. 12 North Carolina beat Boston CollegeIsaiah Hicks scored 21 points, Brice Johnson had 20 with nine rebounds and No. 12 North Carolina beat Boston College 79-68 on Saturday. Marcus Paige added 13 points, all coming in the final 12 minutes for the Tar Heels. Playing in front of a near-capacity crowd that was half-filled with fans wearing Carolina blue, the Tar Heels took control midway into the second half. (ESPN.com)
Video: Isaiah Hicks Scores Career-High 21 Points vs. Boston CollegeNorth Carolina forward Isaiah Hicks scores a career-high 21 points against the Boston College Eagles on Saturday, February 7, 2015.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Boston CollegeTwo different version of Isaiah Hicks played in Saturday's game. There was the Hicks who started the game, getting a spot in the starting lineup along with Nate Britt in place of J.P. Tokoto and Kennedy Meeks. That Hicks looked a little overwhelmed with a start in a league game. But after taking a quick early break, Hicks came back with his best ACC effort ever, scoring a career-high 21 points. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: North Carolina 79, Boston College 68View the complete box score from North Carolina's 79-68 win over Boston College in Chestnut Hill on Saturday: (View Box Score)
Kings having serious talks with George KarlThe Sacramento Kings are seriously considering making another midseason coaching change and bringing in longtime head coach George Karl, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. (USA Today)
James Michael McAdoo looking to latch on with Golden StateA D-League Warrior for most of the season, James Michael McAdoo will make stops in Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia and Minnesota this week while on his second 10-day contract with the Golden State Warriors — a deal that was inked on Monday. He is hoping his performance, skill and talent are enough to warrant a deal with the team for the remainder of the season. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
Basketball helps Wayne Ellington cope with father's murderIt was 7:45 p.m. in Philadelphia, 4:45 in L.A. The Lakers were 0-5. Wayne Ellington Sr. texted his son before and after all of Wayne Jr.'s games. Often, that first text would begin an extensive digital conversation between them. This time, it didn't. "I texted him," Ellington Jr. said, "but he didn't hit me back, which was weird." They never spoke again. (Philly.com)
Preview & Prediction: #12 UNC at Boston CollegeThis is the type of game that can serve as an opportunity for the Tar Heels to get back on track in terms of execution and reestablishing some confidence. Roy Williams is fond of saying that "everything looks better when the ball is going in the basket." UNC really needs the ball to go into the basket and get out of Chestnut Hill with a win sans any additional injuries. Prediction: UNC 75, Boston College 65 (Tar Heel Blog)
Boston College men’s basketball team hopes for home cookingThe Boston College men’s basketball team will finally be reprieved from a grueling stretch of travel when it returns to Conte Forum on Saturday. The only caveat is the Eagles come home to face a hungry North Carolina team looking to snap its first losing streak of the season — losses to Louisville and Virginia. The No. 12 Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3 ACC) had won six straight prior to the skid. (Boston Globe)
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