Thursday, January 31, 2008

Boston College at No. 3 North Carolina

The Tar Heels just won the opening tip and still have the ball with 10 seconds on the shot clock. Their first look was an uncharacteristic mid-range jumper from Tyler Hansbrough that drew back iron. But Wayne Ellington gathered the rebound and about a 14-footer to get what has become a 6-0 run started. That was followed by what looked like a terrible blocking call. Deon Thompson looked pretty planted in the lane, but Roy didn't flip out too much. This is exactly the kind of start that UNC has needed in an ACC game as they haven't looked this sharp since throttling N.C. State back on Jan. 12.

A lot of talk has been about their lack of defense, an area in which the Tar Heels deserve criticism. The more interesting point, I think, is that UNC hasn't shot more than 50 percent from the field in its last six games. That's a telling stat. It's now 14-4, though, so they're off to a much better start.

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