Virginia (20-8) at Boston College (12-16)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
Television: ACC Network, ESPN3. Home Record: UVA 17-1, BC 10-6. Away Record:
UVA 3-6, BC 2-8. Neutral Record: UVA0-1, BC 0-2. Conference Record: UVA 10-5,
BC 4-11. Series Record: Virginia leads, 9-6.
GAME NOTES: Fresh off a home victory over the No. 3 Duke Blue Devils, the
Virginia Cavaliers will try to carry that momentum into Conte Forum as they
get set for an Atlantic Coast Conference bout with the Boston College Eagles.
This will be the second encounter between these schools this season. Virginia
overcame a two-point halftime deficit to capture a 65-51 victory over the
Eagles on Jan. 26 at John Paul Jones Arena. Justin Anderson and Akil Mitchell
scored 16 points each while Joe Harris had an off-game with just seven points.
Ryan Anderson led BC with 14 points in the loss, which gave the Cavaliers a
9-6 all-time series lead.
Tony Bennett's Cavaliers rode Harris's 36-point performance on Thursday to a
five-point home win over Duke in front of a sold out crowd. The win marked the
second in a row overall and the 16th consecutive at JPJ Arena. However,
Virginia will now begin a two-game road swing in Chestnut Hill with the hopes
of improving its 3-6 mark in true away games. Virginia is tied with North
Carolina for third place in the league standings with a 10-5 ACC record
heading into Sunday's action.
Steve Donahue's Eagles are returning home after losing two straight to Duke
(89-68) and NC State (82-64) on a short road trip that followed a 69-58 win
over Maryland at home. BC is 12-16 on the season, but owns a 10-6 record at
home where it nearly pulled off upsets of ACC powers Duke and Miami at Conte
Forum, losing to each by a single point. A win would place the Eagles in a tie
for second to last place in the conference standings with Wake Forest and
Clemson while a loss to the Cavaliers would drop them into a tie with Virginia
Tech in the ACC's cellar.
The Cavaliers are leading the ACC and rank fourth nationally in scoring
defense with only 54.5 points allowed per game. Harris, who leads the team in
scoring at 17.3 ppg, is the only player in the ACC ranked in the top 10 in 3-
point field-goal percentage (first), field-goal percentage (sixth) and free
throw-percentage (seventh). Akil Mitchell has been solid from the forward
position all season long to net 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest.
Mitchell made Duke's Mason Plumlee a non-factor and produced a double-double
of 19 points and 12 rebounds for Virginia in the upset win on Thursday.
The Eagles' poor record this season is reflected in their statistics, as they
rank in the lower-half of the league in both scoring offense (67.1 ppg) and
scoring defense (68.9 ppg), while also ranking last in field-goal percentage
defense (.454) and 3-point percentage defense (.384). Despite the team's
struggles, Anderson has been consistently one of the conference's best
forwards, shooting 48.2 percent from the field for 15.3 ppg to go with 8.1
rpg. Olivier Hanlan is a strong second option with 14.4 ppg, while Joe Rahon
(9.8 ppg, 3.7 apg) and Lonnie Jackson (9.9 ppg) have also been effective.
The Cavaliers knocked off one of the nation's best in their last appearance,
but they will need to come out with the same intensity to down BC in Conte
Forum. There is a strong chance the Eagles pull off another unlikely victory
against a Virginia squad that struggles on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 68, Virginia 66
03/03 10:34:26 ET
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