UNC Basketball: Keys for Tar Heels against Boston College on the road

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CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA – FEBRUARY 23: Nassir Little #5 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a dunk against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half of their game at the Dean Smith Center on February 23, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

With a penultimate regular season matchup against Boston College on Tuesday, UNC Basketball is looking to add another key ACC victory to its record. What do the Heels need to do to grab their 15th conference win of the season?

The No. 3 North Carolina Tar Heels (24-5, 14-2 ACC) find themselves squarely in the midst of a three-way race for the ACC regular season title, with No. 2 Virginia (26-2, 14-2 ACC) and No. 4 Duke (25-4, 13-3 ACC) jockeying for the top seed in this year’s conference tournament. For UNC or Virginia to clinch at least a share of the regular season title, both teams would likely have to close out their respective seasons without anymore losses.

As such, that makes UNC’s remaining two games — a Tuesday road matchup with Boston College (14-14, 5-11 ACC) and a Saturday rematch with Tobacco Road foe Duke — extremely valuable must-wins for a Roy Williams-led squad hoping to improve its resume and its shot at claiming a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Following Saturday’s nail-biting and chaotic 81-79 road win over Clemson (17-12, 7-9 ACC), the Heels hit the road again, this time against a struggling Eagles team coming off of an overtime loss to Georgia Tech. While the Heels have something — a lot, really — to play for, the lowly Eagles, who currently sit 10th in the conference, are essentially left playing for conference tournament seeding (as well as their pride and dignity).

Led by white-hot freshman Coby White, fifth-year marksman Cameron Johnson and senior forward Luke Maye, the Heels and their high-octane offense look to leave Conte Forum with another win under their belt before returning home for Saturday’s senior night.

What does UNC Basketball need to accomplish in order to win on the road and leave with ACC win number 15?

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