North Carolina’s victory against Boston College gave the Tar Heels a perfect road record in Atlantic Coast Conference play this season
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the second team in ACC history to go 9-0 on the road in league play, wrapping up their road schedule with a victory at Boston College on Tuesday night.
They now join Virginia, which accomplished the feat last season, as the only two teams to go unbeaten on the road. During this stretch UNC had an average margin of victory of 16 points and averaged 84 points per game away from the Dean Dome.
For the most part, UNC dominated on the road this season. Their closest margin of victory came last Saturday at LittleJohn Coliseum when they held off a late Clemson surge to earn the victory and did so without head coach Roy Williams for the second half. Williams left the game early due another vertigo attack.
Assistant coach Steve Robinson took a handle of everything and help guided the Tar Heels to an 81-79 win.
Prior to this season the Tar Heels best record year since the ACC expanded to 18 games was at 6-3. They accomplished this achievement during the 2014-15 season, and in 2015-16. Before expansion the Tar Heels went 7-1 on the road during the 2011-12 season.
Williams has a chapter about road game in his book Hard Work. Chapter 11 is titled “Stealing Brownies” and on page 213 he explains what stealing brownies means. “I love playing road games. I love that atmosphere. I encourage my players to treat games away from home as a wonderful challenge. I like to tell my team, ‘Let’s go into their living room and steal their brownies.’ It’s all about having the confidence and attitude that I can beat your butt anytime, anywhere, anyplace, anyhow.”
One of the highlights of their impressive 9-0 feat on the road came just a few weeks ago when they met Duke in Durham for the first meeting between the two teams. Even with Zion Williamson going out within the first 30 seconds of the game, the Tar Heels flat out dominated the Blue Devils in the paint.
UNC went on to roll to a double-digit win, stunning the home crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No matter the result against Duke this weekend, 15 regular season conference wins the Tar Heels currently have are a school record as well; a memorable season for this remarkable team.
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