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Wake Forest (11-12) at Boston College (10-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 13, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: RSN. Home Record: Wake Forest 9-3, Boston College 8-6. Away Record: Wake Forest 1-7, Boston College 2-5. Neutral Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Boston College 0-2. Conference Record: Wake Forest 4-7, Boston College 2-8. Series Record: Boston College leads, 9-6.
GAME NOTES: After coming up just short against the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday, the Boston College Eagles are back in action to host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Conte Forum for an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
Boston College is 9-6 all-time against the Demon Deacons. The teams have split 12 games since BC joined the ACC in 2005-06.
Wake Forest is coming off of a surprising, 71-46 rout of Florida State on Saturday. The blowout win over the Seminoles snapped the Demon Deacons' four- game losing streak and lifted them to an 11-12 overall record which includes a 4-7 mark in ACC action. Travis McKie led the way with 15 points and six rebounds for coach Jeff Bzdelik's squad against FSU, while Codi Miller- McIntyre and C.J. Harris had 14 points apiece.
After allowing their previous five opponents to average 83 points per game, the Demon Deacons put the clamps down defensively and held FSU to 32.6 percent shooting from the floor. Wake Forest also held a commanding 45-25 rebounding advantage. Devin Thomas, who has emerged as a candidate for ACC Rookie of the Year, finished with seven points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three assists. McKie is the go-to-guy for the Demon Deacons with 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds. and 1.5 steals per game. Harris chimes in with 14.4 ppg, while Thomas posts 8.2 points and 7.6 boards per tilt.
Despite more than a couple gutsy performances by Steve Donahue's Eagles this season, Boston College is still tied for last in the ACC standings with Virginia Tech at 2-8. The Eagles have been very good at home this campaign, collecting wins over Providence, Auburn, and Clemson and losing by five points or less to Miami, NC State, and most recently, Duke. Boston College held a five-point lead over Duke with 2:15 left to play and had a chance to win before Olivier Hanlan's last second shot attempt was off the mark.
Hanlan, a freshman from Aylmer, Quebec, finished with 20 points versus Duke while sophomore forward Ryan Anderson contributed 17 points and six rebounds. As a team, BC went 17-of-20 from the free-throw line, but only 2-of-11 from beyond the arc. The Eagles' did a great job defensively on Dukes' young backcourt of Quinn Cook and Rasheel Sulaimon, who combined to go 4-of-17 from the field. In ACC games, the Eagles have the fifth best scoring offense in the league at 65.6 ppg, but place just ninth in scoring defense with an allowed average of 70.1 ppg. Anderson (16.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg) and Hanlan (14.1 ppg, 1.3 spg) are BC's top-two leading scorers, respectively, while freshman point guard Joe Rahon tallies 10.1 points and 3.6 assists per outing.
McKie and Harris give a group of young talent some senior leadership to follow, but the Eagles' are playing like a solid group at Conte Forum this season. Duke and Miami-Florida both were lucky to escape their visits to Boston College without being upset, Wake Forest may not be as fortunate.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 70, Wake Forest 64
02/13 10:32:31 ET
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