Boston College (11-13) at Florida State (13-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 16, 12 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Donald L. Tucker Center (10,000) -- Tallahassee, Florida. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: BC 9-6, FSU 6-7. Away Record: BC 2-5, FSU 4-4. Neutral Record: BC 0-2, FSU 3-0. Conference Record: BC 3-8, FSU 5-6. Series Record: BC leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles and Florida State Seminoles will tip it off in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at the Tucker Center.
Boston College is coming off a much needed 66-63 victory over Wake Forest on Wednesday night. Prior to that victory, the Eagles had lost seven of their eight previous contests. Following this tilt, they'll return to campus to host Maryland on Tuesday night.
Florida State put up a good fight against No. 3 Miami on Wednesday, but ultimately the Hurricanes prevailed in a 74-68 final. For the Seminoles, the loss was their third in the last four games as they've dipped below .500 (5-6) in ACC play. Next up, they'll hit the road for a pair of games next week beginning with NC State on Tuesday.
This is the 10th meeting between these two programs, and BC leads the all-time series, 5-4. The Eagles claimed the most recent meeting, 64-60, last February in Chestnut Hill to snap a three-game slide against FSU.
Freshman Joe Rahon stepped to the charity stripe and sank the go-ahead free throws with 7.6 seconds remaining against Wake Forest earlier this week. After forcing a turnover on the defensive end, sophomore Lonnie Jackson made two more free throws with 2.5 seconds left to complete the comeback from a seven- point deficit in the final 2:13. As a team, BC made 18-of-21 foul shots for the game (.857), which helped make up for a defensive effort that allowed WF to shoot 51.1 percent from the floor. Patrick Heckmann paced four Eagles in double figures with 14 points, while Rahon finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. Ryan Anderson was another one of those double-figure scorers, finishing with 12 points, and he leads the team in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg) on the season. Olivier Hanlan (13.9 ppg), Rahon (10.2 ppg) and Lonnie Jackson (9.8 ppg) have been steady contributors on the offensive end of the floor.
Leading the way for Florida State is Michael Snaer, a 38-percent shooter from beyond the arc (45-of-118) who also averages 4.6 rebounds to go along with his team-best 13.7 ppg. Okaro White is second on the squad in both scoring (12.1 ppg) and rebounding (5.8 rpg). White was instrumental against Miami as he scored a team-high 15 points, although he fouled out with just over two minutes to play in a tight game. Only two weeks earlier, the Seminoles found themselves on the wrong end of a 24-point loss at Miami. And in Wednesday's rematch, FSU was without forward Terrance Shannon (8.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg) due to a sprained neck, while his replacement, 7-3 freshman Boris Bojanovsky, left the game early with an injury. Still, the Seminoles battled, as they jumped out to an early 11-point lead and later chipped away at a 12-point deficit in the second half. However, they were unable to overcome 17 turnovers and 64-percent shooting from the floor by Miami.
The Seminoles need to put Wednesday's tough loss behind them, and they also need their big men healthy, although Shannon is out indefinitely. Fortunately, they'll get to face an Eagles squad that is just 2-7 outside of their own building this season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Florida State 67, Boston College 62
02/16 10:39:40 ET
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