Lets start with the good news for Steve Donahue’s squad first. Joe Trapani recorded a double-double with 25 points and 15 rebounds and the Eagles scored 74 points total; more than in each of their other three conference losses. That’s the end of the good news. The Eagles were absolutely mauled at home by the North Carolina Tar Heels, losing by 32 for a 106-74 final score. They now stand at 14-8 overall and 4-4 in the ACC.
Some statistics stand out. The Eagles hit 13 3-point attempts, but just under half of their shots in the game (33 of 67) were from beyond the arc. They shot 35.3% from the field total, and converted on 13 of 21 free throws (61.8%). In contrast, Roy Williams’ bunch put on an offensive clinic. North Carolina hit 57.4% of their total shots and 52.4% of their 3-point attempts, while missing only three free throws out of 20 total.
Reggie Jackson, who was benched to start each half in BC’s loss at Duke, returned to the starting lineup. Dallas Elmore remained in the lineup as well while big man Josh Southern sat to begin the game as the Eagle’s initial strategy was to go small and attempt to shoot the longball. It worked for a while as BC had the lead at the under 16 minute timeout in the first half but it was downhill from there. They remained competitive for the first 10 minutes of the game but things quickly got out of hand after that. North Carolina became the first team to record triple figures in ACC conference play this season, and it was their program’s first time recording triple figures in 28 games. As for the Eagles’ they had not allowed triple figures in since the mid-90′s, back in their days in the Big East Conference.
At 4-4 in the ACC, the Eagles now have their work cut out for them if they should hope to reach the NCAA tourney comfortably and not be sweating on Selection Sunday or settle for the NIT. Fortunately for BC, they’re schedule gets significantly easier going forward. They would not have to face Duke again until the ACC conference tournament, and 7 of the 8 remaining ACC games (excluding the return date at Chapel Hill) all appear winnable.
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Written by Christopher Ferrick-Manley