Boston College (4-11) at Virginia Tech (8-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 12 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cassell Coliseum (9,900) -- Blacksburg, Virginia.
Television: RSN, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Boston College 3-3, Virginia Tech
7-3. Away Record: Boston College 0-5, Virginia Tech 1-0. Neutral Record:
Boston College 1-3, Virginia Tech 0-3. Conference Record: Boston College 0-2,
Virginia Tech 1-1. Series Record: Boston College leads, 15-8.
GAME NOTES: Both the Boston College Eagles and Virginia Tech Hokies have
struggled as of late, and look to turn things around in this Atlantic Coast
Conference matchup at Cassell Coliseum.
Boston College has lost four consecutive games dating back to Dec. 22, before
the team went on its holiday break. The last time the Eagles defeated a
Division I opponent was back on Nov. 26 - an overtime bout against Sacred
Heart. The Eagles are coming off a 62-60 loss against ACC foe Clemson.
Virginia Tech is also trying to recover from a recent loss, as the Hokies were
downed by 20 points, 72-52, by second-ranked Syracuse in ACC play. Virginia
Tech has lost three of its last four games and is now 8-6 on the year overall.
Boston College has the edge in the all-time series between these two programs,
15-8. The Eagles came away with an 86-75 victory in the last outing, back on
Jan. 9 of last season.
The Eagles' last contest came down to free-throws at the end, as guard Olivier
Hanlon had to intentionally miss his second free-throw attempt after missing
his first with 1.7 second remaining and down by two points. Boston College had
late-game free-throw woes that eventually hurt the team in the short term.
Still, Hanlon led all scorers in the game with 27 points on 7-of-16 shooting
from the floor, which included 4-of-7 from 3-point range and 9-of-12 from the
charity stripe. He added five rebounds in 39 minutes of action. Ryan Anderson
scored 13 points, but turned the ball over six times in the loss.
Hanlon is by far the leading scorer on the team, and one of the bright spots
on an otherwise sinking Boston College squad. Hanlon averages 19.9 ppg on 43.1
percent shooting from the floor. He tops the team with 45 total assists this
season, and contributes 4.2 rpg. Anderson is first on the team in rebounding
at 6.9 rpg and second in scoring with 16 ppg. The Eagles score an average of
71.3 ppg, but give up 76.3 ppg to opponents.
Virginia Tech was only down by six points at the end of the first half to
Syracuse earlier this week, but the No. 2-ranked team in the nation caught
fire in the second frame, outscoring the Hokies 37-23 in the half by
connecting on 51.7 percent of its shots from the floor. C.J. Barksdale was the
only Hokies player to net double figures against the Orange, scoring 12 points
on 5-of-6 shooting. Joey van Zegeren led the team with five rebounds in the
Jarell Eddie tops Virginia Tech with 16.6 ppg on 41.2 percent shooting this
season. The next closest scorer to Eddie who has played in all 14 games is
Devin Wilson, who nets 7.1 ppg. Eddie is the team's leader in rebounding,
averaging six per contest. The Hokies aren't a team that will blow any one
opponent out of the water, as they average a steady 72.4 ppg this season, and
give up 69.4 ppg.
Neither team is playing its best basketball at this point in time, but Boston
College appears to have a lot of issues as it starts up ACC play. Hanlon can't
do it all for the Eagles.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Virginia Tech 73, Boston College 65
01/11 10:30:38 ET
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