North Carolina-Boston Collge: Tar Heels Fall Flat In Conference Play Opener

Rachel ScallContributor IJanuary 4, 2009


North Carolina's dreams of an undefeated season ended early with an 85-78 loss to Boston College Sunday.

It is hard to believe that the team that showed up at the Smith Center to take on the Eagles was actually the Tar Heels.

North Carolina shot only 38.4 percent from the field, and the range of missed shots included everything from threes to layups to dunks. The Heels shot only 55.6 percent from the line in contrast to their 73.3 percent season average.

But what was really missing from the game was Carolina's defense. After last season's tournament run, it was clear that UNC needed to beef up on D.

So far, it doesn’t look like the Heels have learned too much.

UNC's defense did not show up for the first half of the game. BC took open threes, drove past the Heels to the post, and beat Carolina down the court.

Coach Roy Williams must have whipped his team into shape during half-time, because for the first few minutes of the second half, Carolina's D was ready to play. Unfortunately, that was short lived.

The Tar Heels did pick things up again during the last two minutes of the game, but it was too little, too late.

Of course, UNC's 15 turnovers didn't help. If the Tar Heels want to gain back their No. 1 spot, they will have to work a lot harder than they did against Boston College.

This may seem like a lot of criticism after one loss, but when a team is the consensus preseason No. 1, their first loss is going to bring about a lot of criticism. Now it's time for the Heels to take the criticism, work with it, and come back from this loss better than ever.