North Carolina Tar Heels Fixing Road Woes at Boston College

By Patrick Schmidt
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina entered Tuesday night’s contest at Boston College 3-3 in ACC play which has Roy Williams’ squad staring up at four teams in the conference standings. The primary reason for the team’s struggles this season has been a dismal road record having lost four of seven road games on the year.

Traveling to the Silvio O. Conte Forum where Boston College calls home could be the tonic that cures the Tar Heels ills. Entering tonight’s game with a 1-5 conference record and a 9-10 record on the season, Boston College is the perfect opponent to figure out why the team has been in a funk when they get away from Chapel Hill, Nc.

I think part of the reason the team has shown to have an aversion to the road has been the absence of poise, toughness–both physical and mental and an uncharacteristic lack of confidence.

How is it possible that a team the caliber of UNC could lack for confidence?

The play of shooting guard Dexter Strickland and point guard Marcus Paige have been forcing the issue from the field as they try to do much and end up taking ill-advised shots and that has resulted in a combined shooting percentage of 26% during conference play.

Their offensive woes have been a sore spot for the team that usually has strong guard play, and the difficulties on the offensive end have had a direct impact leading the team and in hostile road arenas you need your point guard to direct the offense and maintain ball security and rally the team when things start to go sour.

North Carolina has been unable to stop the opposition from getting out to big leads in four of their six losses this season, something that has to stop before they play at Miami and Duke in the second week of February.

Boston College appeared on the schedule at the right time and tonight’s blowout road win could be exactly what the Tar Heels needed to get back on track and regain their confidence and make a move up the ACC standings.

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