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Tough ACC opener for BC at UNC

There’s no easing into the ACC for Boston College in 2012. Right from the get-go, the Eagles fly to Chapel Hill, N.C., to play No. 4 North Carolina on Saturday.

Ryan Anderson, meet Harrison Barnes.

“They’re obviously an extremely talented basketball team,” BC coach Steve Donahue said of the Tar Heels. “Great size. I have not seen them play at all, I’m just assuming that they’ve got the same players that were there last year and added a couple of McDonald’s All-Americans.

“But they do a great job. It’s a program. You know what you’re gonna get. Roy [Williams] does a terrific job getting their guys ready to play. We’ve gotta have really great preparation and we’ve gotta go down there and play four minutes at a pop and play our best basketball since the group’s been together.”

It’s hard to imagine two teams on more different tracks than BC and UNC. One team returned a massive amount of talent, the other is being rebuilt from the ground up on the fly. One team comes into the matchup 13-2 after the nonconference schedule, the other comes in 5-9.

One team leads the nation in scoring (88.1 points per game) and rebounds (47.1 rebounds per game), the other ranks 300th (61.8) and 309th (31.2).

Can you guess which is which?

After the Eagles lost their nonconference finale in double overtime to Rhode Island, Anderson was asked about facing the Tar Heels.

“I haven’t put much thought into it right now,” he said, “but at the same time I feel they’re a great offensive basketball team. They have a lot of weapons. But if we execute our game plan that Coach Donahue gives us every night we have a great chance to win the game.”

Jack McCluskey is an editor for ESPN.com and a frequent contributor to ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter @jack_mccluskey.