Carolina was able to right the ship after two road losses with their 30-point victory over Boston College earlier this week. The Heels now head to South Bend, Indiana, with hopes of finally picking up their first conference win away from Chapel Hill.
Among the things that went right in the game against BC, Luke Maye looked like the Luke Maye from the beginning of the season and Cameron Johnson slid into a starting role with great success. Will Roy Williams stay with the Berry-Williams-Pinson-Johnson-Maye lineup against the Fighting Irish?
The Heels are getting Notre Dame at a relatively fortuitous time. Bonzie Colson is sidelined with a broken foot for several weeks and Matt Farrell is likely to miss the contest against UNC due to an ankle injury. Overcoming the loss of two really good players against a talented Tar Heel team should be difficult for the Irish if the Heels come to play.
Everything went right for Carolina against the Eagles on Tuesday. The offense moved much more fluidly even with Roy liberally using Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley despite Johnson getting the start. Roy likes to say everything looks better when the ball is going in the basket, as it was on Tuesday, but getting Maye back on track had to be huge. UNC was also able to enjoy a massive rebounding advantage.
Hopefully Carolina can execute the way they did against BC against Notre Dame this evening. Missing two of their best players definitely opens the door for UNC to steal a win on the road.
We’ll be back after the game, as always, with a complete roundup of the game. Until then...