DATE & TIME: Saturday February 25th, 1:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawrence Joel Coliseum (14,665) -- Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Television: RSN. Home Record: BC 7-9, WF 8-6. Away Record: BC 0-7, WF 3-7. Neutral Record: BC 1-3, WF 1-2. Conference Record: BC 3-10, WF 3-10. Series Record: Boston College leads, 9-4.
GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles will try once against to pick up their first road victory of the season as they head to the Lawrence Joel Coliseum for an Atlantic Coast Conference battle with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
The Eagles hold a 9-4 lead in the all-time series with Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons have won four of the past six meetings since 2008-2009, including a 71-56 victory on Jan. 21 last month.
Boston College's season has been a struggle so far, as it comes in with an 8-19 overall record after its 75-50 loss to the nationally ranked Duke Blue Devils on Sunday. The Eagles had trouble finding their shooting touch for the second straight contest, as they managed to hit only 34.1 percent of their field goals. BC has been held under 40 percent shooting in six of its last seven outings. Head coach Steve Donahue's team is now 3-10 in league play, which is just a game in front of the last place Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Donahue has been developing his very young core of players as the possibility of post-season play was erased long ago. The Eagles' rotation is built up mostly of freshmen. Ryan Anderson became the third Eagle to earn the ACC Rookie of the Week award on Monday, as he was honored after averaging 21.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in two games last week . Junior guard Matt Humphrey is netting a second-best 10.3 ppg. Dennis Clifford, Patrick Heckmann, and Lonnie Jackson are all solid contributors for Boston College, but none have provided enough to lead the team to victories.
Wake Forest lost for the seventh time in eight games last week as they were handled, 74-56, by the Miami-Florida Hurricanes. The loss dropped the Demon Deacons' overall record to 12-15 and their league record with 3-10. The Demon Deacons kept up and led 43-42 three minutes into the second period, but Miami scored 13 points in a row to run away with the contest. Wake Forest was overpowered by the Hurricanes as it lost the rebounding battle, 39-24. The Demon Deacons poor record can be attributed to their inability to compete on the defensive end of the floor as they rank last in the ACC with an allowed average of 70.2 ppg. Jeff Bzdelik's team averages 64.9 ppg on the offensive end.
The Demon Deacons are led by the two-man show of guard C.J. Harris and forward Travis McKie. Harris is leading the team with 16.8 ppg, while McKie carries averages of 15.7 points and 7.2 boards per game. Harris scored a team-high 14 points in the loss to Miami last week, while McKie added 10 points and five boards. Chase Fischer got into the mix with 12 points, while Nikita Mescheriakov and Tony Chennault were non-existent in the defeat.
This one could get either way as both teams have been very disappointing down the stretch. Boston College has more depth, but Harris and McKie are going to be the two most talented players on the floor. Wake Forest was able to win the first meeting with BC by 15 points, this one should be a little closer but the Demon Deacons still hold an advantage on their home floor.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wake Forest 69, Boston College 62
02/25 10:35:54 ET
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