The ACC is frequently labeled as the toughest league in all of college basketball by fans, players, and coaches alike, but, once again, the conference has been exposed when it matters most: March.
In its worst defensive performance of the season, BC gave up 19 points on the break and was outscored, 48-18, in the paint against the defending national champion Tar Heels.
Two years in a row, the Eagles have played North Carolina down to the wire. Both seasons, the Tar Heels have ended up in the national final. Are BC’s moral victories within the ACC legitimate, or are they meaningless?
The Eagles gave UNC a run for its money on Saturday afternoon. Despite losing 90-82, BC snapped out of its recent offensive struggles, breaking the 80-point mark for the first time in two weeks.
Ky Bowman exploded for 33 points, including seven 3-pointers, but the Tar Heels escaped Conte Forum with a 90-82 victory.
The Eagles face a big test on Saturday in the Tar Heels’ frontcourt trio of Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks, and Justin Jackson.
With the Tar Heels running a short bench lacking several key players and head coach Roy Williams, Justin Jackson took over Tuesday’s game against BC.
The Eagles couldn’t hold onto a six-point halftime lead, falling to No. 9 UNC in dramatic fashion, 68-65, at a packed Conte Forum.