Boston College (8-6) at Virginia Tech (9-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 9, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) -- Blacksburg, Virginia. Television: RSN. Home Record: BC 7-3, VT 7-1. Away Record: BC 1-1, VT 1-2. Neutral Record: BC 0-2, VT 1-2. Conference Record: BC 0-1, VT 0-1. Series Record: BC leads, 14-8.
GAME NOTES: The Virginia Tech Hokies welcome the Boston College Eagles to Cassell Coliseum on Wednesday for an Atlantic Coast Conference clash.
Boston College had a five-game winning streak snapped in Saturday's 78-73 setback to NC State. That contest also wrapped up the team's season-long seven-game homestand. Beginning with this game, the Eagles will be on the road for four of their next five contests.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is looking to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat. The Hokies were also in action this past Saturday, dropping a 94-71 decision at Maryland in their ACC opener. The Hokies will play three of their next four outings at Cassell Coliseum, where they are 7-1 on the season.
BC leads the all-time series, 14-8, although the teams have split the last 10 meetings.
Against No. 20 NC State on Saturday, the Eagles led by as many as six at one point in the second half and were still within one point on several occasions down the stretch. However, the Wolfpack were able to escape with the victory by hitting free throws in the final minute. For BC, sophomore Ryan Anderson led the way with 22 points and 13 rebounds -- both game-highs -- for his fourth double-double of the season. It also marked the sixth time Anderson has scored 20 points or more. Joe Rahon chipped in with 18 points, Lonnie Jackson scored 11, and Olivier Hanlan finished with 10 points on the night. All four of the aforementioned players are either freshmen or sophomores, and that youth has led to some exciting moments but also some growing pains for head coach Steve Donahue. Anderson paces the squad with 16.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per tilt, while Hanlan (12.9 ppg) and Rahon (11.8 ppg) are also averaging double figures.
When the Hokies need a bucket, they have the luxury of turning to senior Erick Green, who currently leads the nation in scoring with 24.6 ppg. Green has taken more than 25 percent of his team's field-goal attempts on the season and is an 86-percent free-throw shooter (104-of-121), although he is certainly more than just a volume shooter. Green is also averaging 4.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per contest. Jarell Eddie chips in with 14.1 points and 6.5 boards per game, while Robert Brown rounds out the double-figure scorers with 10.6 ppg. While the Hokies are no doubt a capable offensive squad, they must somehow find a way out of their current tailspin. Over its past three contests, Tech has been outscored by 36, 26 and 23. In Saturday's loss, the Hokies allowed Maryland to shoot 51.7 percent from the floor and knock down 10-of-23 3-pointers. Green scored 28 on 8-of-18 shooting from the floor in the loss, but his teammates shot just 34.7 percent.
Green has been as dynamic as any player in college basketball this season. However, as the Hokies are learning the hard way, it's awfully hard to win consistently without a supporting cast.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 82, Virginia Tech 79
01/09 10:34:16 ET