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2011-12 Boston College Basketball: No. 3/4 North Carolina Game Thread (2:30 PM, ACC Network)

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Boston College Eagles (5-9, 0-0 ACC) vs. No. 3/4 North Carolina Tar Heels (13-2, 0-0 ACC)

What: 2011-12 ACC opener
Time: 2:30 PM Eastern
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012
Place: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Arena: Dean E. Smith Center
Capacity: 21,750

TV: ACC Network (TV38 in Boston)
TV Announcers: Tim Brandt, Mike Gminski
Radio: WEEI (93.7 FM/850 AM)
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel, Malcolm Huckaby
Internet Audio: BCEagles.com

Line: Boston College +30

Last Time Out: Boston College fell to Rhode Island, 78-72, in double overtime. The Eagles are now 5-9 overall.

Series: Boston College and North Carolina have met 13 times. North Carolina leads the all-time series 8-5.
Last Meeting at Dean Dome: North Carolina 48, Boston College 46 (February 19, 2011)

Last Five Meetings:

L - North Carolina 48, Boston College 46 (February 19, 2011)
L - North Carolina 106, Boston College 74 (February 1, 2011)
W - Boston College 71, North Carolina 67 (February 20, 2010)
W - Boston College 85, North Carolina 78 (January 4, 2009)
L - North Carolina 90, Boston College 80 (March 1, 2008)

Trends: The Tar Heels have won seven straight after falling to then #1 Kentucky 73-72 in Lexington. BC has lost two straight after rattling off three straight wins. North Carolina is 6-4 against the Eagles as a member of the ACC. North Carolina is +11.8 in rebounding margin this season while BC is -5.4.

North Carolina's 2010-2011 Record: 29-8 (14-2 ACC), NCAA Tournament Elite 8

North Carolina's Probable Starters:

G - Dexter Strickland (Jr.) - 6-3, 180 lbs., Rahway, N.J. - 7.9 PPG, 2.1 APG, 2.1 RPG
G - Kendall Marshall (So.) - 6-4, 195 lbs., Dumfries, Va. - 5.3 PPG, 10.0 APG, 2.7 RPG
F - Harrison Barnes (So.) - 6-8, 215 lbs., Ames, Ia. - 17.0 PPG, 1.2 APG, 4.7 RPG
F - John Henson (Jr.) - 6-11, 220 lbs., Tampa, Fl. - 15.0 PPG, 1.5 APG, 10.0 RPG
F - Tyler Zeller (Sr.) - 7-0, 250 lbs., Washington, In. - 13.9 PPG, 1.3 APG, 8.9 RPG

Boston College's Projected Starters:

G - Jordan Daniels (Fr.) - 5-8, 153 lbs., Fontana, Ca. - 5.2 PPG, 2.2 APG, 1.4 RPG
G - Patrick Heckmann (Fr.) - 6-5, 196 lbs., Mainz, Germany - 11.3 PPG, 2.2 APG, 3.4 RPG
G - Lonnie Jackson (Fr.) - 6-3, 170 lbs., Valencia, Ca. - 7.1 PPG, 1.1 APG, 2.8 RPG
F - Ryan Anderson (Fr.) - 6-8, 217 lbs., Lakewood, Ca. - 9.4 PPG, 1.1 APG, 6.4 RPG
C - Dennis Clifford (Fr.) - 7-0, 241 lbs., Bridgewater, Ma. - 9.3 PPG, 0.9 APG, 5.3 RPG

Forecast? Pain. Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below.

Go Eagles!