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Off the cuff: With one more loss this season, Carolina will have lost as many games as it has in the previous three seasons combined.

UNC coach Roy Williams once again talked about this being the most frustrated he's ever been as a coach. He said he really thought the Heels would play well and win. Further he said he thought it would lead to five straight ACC wins and an NCAA berth. Instead, Carolina is ensured of a low seed in the ACC tournament.

David Wear was hurt (hip) in practice on Friday and was limited against Boston College. In his place, Zeller, just back from injury, was rusty but still managed nine points and seven rebounds. Carolina fans have never really seen a healthy Zeller for long. If he gets and stays healthy, Carolina can still win some games this season. He's that big a difference.

The losing is even more frustrating because if the Tar Heels were even slightly below average, they'd win some of these games. For instance, Will Graves, who is supposed to be Carolina's shooting ace, was just two of six from the field, including four misses from three-point land. If he had hit just one of those threes and Henson had hit his free throws in that late-game one-and-one situation, the Heels would have won.

Boston College 71, Tar Heels 67
It's S.O.S. for Carolina - Same Ole Sh*t

Maybe it's time for North Carolina to send out an S.O.S. distress signal as another scoring drought leads to another loss for the Tar Heels as Boston College, losers of four in a row, won 71-67 in Chestnut Hills. (2/16)

The Tar Heels went on a 10-2 run to start the second half to move out to a 46-39 lead with 17:45 left. But over the next seven minutes, Carolina managed just one field goal and fell behind 55-51 midway through the second half.

Boston College had its largest lead of the game at 63-53 with 7:13 left but the Heels scored seven straight (while leaving three missed free throws off the scoreboard) to pull to 63-60 going into the final TV timeout.

Larry Drew II scored on a driving layup with 1:38 to play and was fouled. After sinking the free throw, Carolina trailed just 67-65. But Rakim Sanders scored in the lane for BC while Deon Thompson missed on the other end for Carolina and after free throws by BC's Reggie Jackson, it was over.

Tyler Zeller got back into the lineup after being sidelined with an ankle injury for nearly two months. He scored nine points and pulled in seven rebounds in only 16 minutes but, during a Eagle 8-0 run, he missed a crucial layup that would brought the Heels to within a pair and then seconds later threw an inbounds pass away.

The Tar Heels got out to an eight-lead early in the game but BC scored five three pointers over the next few minutes to get the lead. BC held a 37-36 halftime lead before Carolina's early second half run seemed to put the Heels in control. But then came the scoring drought combined with being outrebounded by eight rebounds in the second half.

Carolina, now 14-13 and 3-9 in the ACC, was led by Thompson's 17 points. John Henson scored 11 points and hauled in 10 rebounds but he also missed three key free throws down the stretch, including the front end of a one-and-one situation. As a team, Carolina hit only 16 of 24 free throws and only one of eight three-point shots. Marcus Ginyard added 10 points for UNC.

Boston College, now 13-13 and 4-8 in the ACC, was led by Reggie Jackson's 17 points.

The Tar Heels play at home against Florida State on Wednesday night.


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