Boston College (1-4) vs. Washington (2-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Madison Square Garden (18,200) -- New York, New York. Television: ESPNU. Home Record: BC 1-1, UW 2-1. Away Record: BC 0-1, UW 0-0. Neutral Record: BC 0-2, UW 0-1. Conference Record: BC 0-0, UW 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles and Washington Huskies will both be looking to bounce back as they square off at Madison Square Garden as part of the 2K Sports Classic.
The Eagles fell to 1-4 on the season despite submitting their strongest performance to date on Thursday. Boston College came up just short of an upset and fell, 72-70, to the 18th-ranked Connecticut Huskies which sent it to the consolation round. Coach Steve Donahue's team began the season with three consecutive losses before narrowly defeating Florida Atlantic prior to visiting the Big Apple. The losing record is not due to a poor performance on the offensive end as Boston College is netting 79 points per game on 46.2 percent shooting from the floor. However, it is allowing 82.8 points per game on 47.4 field goal efficiency.
Washington is 2-2 after its lopsided, 102-84, loss to Indiana in the second part of Thursday's action at Madison Square Garden. Coach Lorenzo Romar's team began the 2013-14 campaign on a positive note as it took down Seattle by 10 points, but it was surprised in its next outing and dropped a 14-point decision to UC Irvine. The Huskies bounced back with a 12-point victory over Eastern Washington prior to heading to New York.
This will be the first meeting in history between Boston College and Washington.
The Eagles received strong performances out of Ryan Anderson and Olivier Hanlan in Thursday's loss to UConn. Anderson posted 22 points and seven rebounds thanks to a perfect, 11-of-11 clip at the free-throw line. Hanlan, the reigning ACC Freshman of the Year, added 19 points, five boards and three assists. Alex Dragicevich provided a spark off the bench for Boston College with 10 points on 2-of-3 shooting from the field. Donahue's team has struggled on the glass this season as it is averaging 8.2 less rebounds per tilt than the opposition.
Washington has had an incredibly balanced attack through its first four games as five different players are carrying double-digit scoring averages and Mike Anderson is nearly a sixth with 9.5 points per game. C.J. Wilcox has been tremendous en route to a team-high 21.3 ppg while Andrew Andrews is netting 13.5 ppg. Freshman point guard Nigel Williams-Goss is contributing in a variety of ways with 13.5 points, 2.5 steals and just under five assists per contest. Washington is tallying 84 ppg, but just like the Eagles, has struggled defensively and given up 86.5 ppg.
The Huskies were killed on the boards by Indiana, which finished the contest with a 50-29 advantage in rebounding. Wilcox poured in 24 points and Perris Blackwell registered a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
With the way these teams have been playing in the early going, the scoreboard attendants will have a busy night. Boston College is a much better squad when Anderson is contributing, as it opens up the perimeter to make things much easier for Hanlan. The Huskies have a lights out scorer of their own in Wilcox, who should be able to perform better after hitting on only 2-of-10 attempts from 3-point range versus Indiana.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Washington 80, Boston College 78
11/22 10:34:29 ET