Boston College (8-23) vs. Georgia Tech (15-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, March 12, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Greensboro Coliseum (23,500) -- Greensboro, North Carolina. Television: ESPN 2. Home Record: BC 4-9, GT 10-7. Away Record: BC 3-11, GT 5-7. Neutral Record: BC 1-3, GT 0-2. Conference Record: BC 4-14, GT 6-12. Series Record: Georgia Tech leads, 12-8.
GAME NOTES: The first round of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament concludes on Wednesday night at Greensboro Coliseum with a matchup between the 14th-seeded Boston College Eagles and the 11th-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Whoever survives this bout will move on the second round on Thursday to play sixth-seeded Clemson.
Steve Donahue had his work cut out for him again in Chestnut Hill, as Boston College failed to turn its youthful talent into many victories. Wins in- conference certainly didn't come easy, with the highlight of the year being an overtime thriller that handed Syracuse its first loss of the season in mid- February. However, two of BC's four league wins came against last-place Virginia Tech.
Georgia Tech suffered through its own stretches of futility this season, but was able to earn some distance from a four-game slide down the stretch with back-to-back victories to close out the regular season, including a shocking road win at Syracuse (67-62).
The Yellow Jackets swept the Eagles in two games this season to extend their lead in the all-time series to 12-8.
Boston College's regular season ended on Sunday with a 78-68 defeat at the hands of NC State, getting outshot from the field, 49.1 percent to 42.1 percent, and outrebounded, 37-27. Despite the setback, Olivier Hanlan was outstanding, shooting 10-of-17 from the floor en route to 29 points to go with five assists. Ryan Anderson was also solid with 15 points.
The Eagles have suffered from a lack of defensive grit this season, allowing 73.6 ppg, resulting in a league-worst -5.0 scoring margin. A lack of talent wasn't the problem however, as the sophomore Hanlan and junior Anderson both performed well. Hanlan finished fourth in the conference in scoring at 18.6 ppg. Anderson was 12th in scoring at 14.3 ppg and 10th in rebounding (7.1 rpg). Sophomore Joe Rahon added 9.0 ppg to the cause and was tops on the team in assists (3.2 apg).
Georgia Tech followed up its outstanding win over Syracuse by beating Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale, 62-51. Pacing the effort off the bench was Robert Carter Jr., who scored 16 points on 7-of-9 from the floor. Daniel Miller and Trae Golden both netted 14 points, with Miller adding nine rebounds and Golden dishing out eight assists.
Brian Gregory's Yellow Jackets didn't excel in any one area and was simply a middle-of-the-road squad for much of the year. They finished 11th in the league in scoring (66.5 ppg) and seventh in scoring defense (66.6 ppg). Despite the modest scoring numbers, Tech does possess some balance and scoring depth, as four players ended the regular season averaging double figures. Golden, an transfer from Tennessee in the offseason, made an immediate impact in Atlanta, leading the team in both scoring (12.9 ppg) and assists (3.1 apg) Marcus Georges-Hunt (11.6 ppg) provides some perimeter support, while Miller (11.3 ppg, 7.9 rpg) and Carter (11.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg) are a capable frontcourt duo.
Georgia Tech has everything going for it in this matchup, having ended the season on a high note and having the upper hand on Boston College in two previous meetings. Expect the Yellow Jackets to take care of business again in this one to advance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Georgia Tech 70, Boston College 65
03/12 10:38:12 ET