20th-ranked North Carolina picked up a convincing win on Tuesday night, but are the Tar Heels the pick to take down an unranked, but streaking Notre Dame team when they square off in the ACC clash on Saturday?
UNC vs Norte Dame
No. 20 North Carolina vs Notre Dame
When: Saturday, January 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM ET
Where: Purcell Pavilion, South Bend, IN
Luke Maye scored a career-high 32 points and threw In a career-high 18 rebounds for good measure to help No. 20 North Carolina to a convincing 96-66 win against Boston College on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak. Head coach Roy Williams went to a small lineup after watching his team lose to Florida State 81-80 and get dominated by Virginia 61-49 in its previous two games.
"We got beat twice in a row and we weren’t playing well," said Williams, who typically prefers a two-post offense. "So I decided to do something. I may go back big next time, who knows?"
Maye is the first Tar Heel to go for 30 and 15 at home since national player of the year Antawn Jamison did it back in 1997-98.
"The past couple of games, I’ve kind of gotten down on myself and I haven’t been the same position," Maye said, adding: "I kept telling myself, `Just continue to work hard and work to get in the right spot,’ and my teammates found me. The basket was pretty big tonight. It was really fun."
Notre Dame has won five straight heading into their Wednesday night road date against Georgia Tech. The Fighting Irish got past Syracuse 51-49 in a low-scoring tight affair on Saturday as T.J. Gibbs scored a team-high 18 points and set up Rex Pflueger’s game-winning layup with 2.6 seconds remaining.
For this intriguing ACC matchup, I’m going to urge you to back the streaking Notre Dame Fighting Irish to get the outright home win against a North Carolina team that is still trying to find its identity halfway through the regular season.
The Fighting Irish are certainly the better defensive team in this affair and I believe that forward Bonzi Colson will be the best player on the floor in this matchup. Notre Dame has gone 3-0 in conference play so far while North Carolina has really struggled in going 2-2 in four conference matchups.
After seeing the Tar Heels held to a mind-boggling 49 points against Virginia last Saturday, I can see the Irish also putting North Carolina on lockdown!