Welcome to an ACC First Place Showdown

By David Scott - February 17, 2007

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Welcome to the Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College for tonight’s ACC match-up between the host No. 21 Eagles (18-7, 9-3) and the visiting No. 4 North Carolina Tar Heels (22-4, 8-3). It is the Tar Heels first-ever visit to BC and they can leave with first place in the ACC if they defeat the Eagles (who hold a half-game lead).

We’re still efforting confirmation on whether Tar Heel freshman Brandan Wright will be in the line-up for Roy Williams. Wright was reportedly hurt in practice on Thursday. Wright’s the Heels’ second-leading scorer (14.6 ppg) and rebounder (6.6 rpg) and his absence will even things up a bit (the morning line in the Boston Globe had BC a 7-point underdog).

. . . BC game notes are here

. . . UNC game notes are here

. . . Not a great deal of buzz in the arena even with the ESPN Game Day crew in the house. We know it’s the competitor and all, but the presence of the Worldwide Leader on a Saturday really does make a difference – even at usually staid, BC. The morning show was provided a great scene with a few full sections of gold-clad students. (It was much better than last night, when the backdrop was the Zamboni on the ice, a sure sign that your not in ACC country.)

However, now, 90 minutes before tip, the student sections (in each endzone) are only about half-filled and the rest of the arena is mostly empty. We'll take a cruise around shortly to find the GameDay Crew's set and report back with our findings.

. . . Four BC players are currently shooting around, including Tyrese Rice and Sean Marshall.

. . . The Eagles will again wear their gold uniforms which were broken out for the first time in 12 years against Virginia Tech on Saturday, February 3. The Eagles are 1-0 in the Gold under Al Skinner.

. . . Carolina lost its sixth consecutive overtime game on Tuesday against Virginia Tech (81-80). The Tar Heels, interestingly, have not won an overtime game since beating Georgia Tech, March 1, 2000. Four of the six overtime losses have come at home.

. . .UNC’s four losses (by a combined 19 points) have come against three teams in three different months: Gonzaga (November), Va Tech (January and February) and NC State (Feb.)

. . . In addition to Dick Vitale being in the house, Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News is also courtside and there's a seat reserved for Dick "Hoops" Weiss as well. These are all indications of how big this game is.

Posted by David Scott at 07:32 PM on February 17, 2007

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