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Boston College (13-16) at Clemson (13-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,325) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: RSN, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Boston College 11-6, Clemson 8-6. Away Record: Boston College 2-8, Clemson 3-8. Neutral Record: Boston College 0-2, Clemson 2-1. Conference Record: Boston College 5-11, Clemson 5-11. Series Record: Clemson leads, 10-6.
GAMES NOTES: A couple of teams deadlocked in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings will collide at Littlejohn Coliseum on Tuesday night when the Boston College Eagles square off with the Clemson Tigers.
Joe Rahon nailed a 3-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining that lifted Boston College to an emotional win over Virginia on Saturday. The victory came just days after Virginia downed then No. 3 Duke. Eagles' fans haven't had much to cheer about this season with a record of 13-16 overall and a 5-11 mark in league action. The lack of success in the ACC has the Eagles tied with not only Clemson but Georgia Tech and Wake Forest near the bottom of the conference standings. Boston College will return home to host Georgia Tech in Saturday's season finale.
Things haven't gone so well for Clemson this year either. The Tigers have lost seven of their last eight games to drop to 13-15 overall and among the four teams knotted for eighth in the ACC standings. The Tigers' most recent loss was a 69-61 setback on the road against Virginia Tech, which is currently in last place in the ACC. This is Clemson's final home game of the season with a matchup against No. 6 Miami next.
After going down, 52-50, with 29 seconds remaining it looked like Boston College might be disappointed yet again. However Rahon got a pass from Patrick Heckman out of a timeout to nail the game-winner against the Cavaliers. Rahon finished the game with a team-high 15 points.
For the Eagles, Ryan Anderson (15.0 ppg, 8.1 rpg) has been the best commodity on the floor most nights. The 6-foot-8 forward, along with Duke's Mason Plumlee, are the only two players in the conference averaging at least 15 points and eight rebounds per game. Anderson has been inconsistent lately, falling out of double figures in two of the last four games. Olivier Hanlan (14.4 ppg) is a solid scorer out of the backcourt while Rahon (10.0 ppg, 3.6 apg) is an erratic shooter prone to dry spells as he shoots less than 40 percent from the floor and hadn't scored in double figures in six of the previous seven games before facing Virginia.
Clemson trailed by as many as 15 points against Virginia Tech in the second half. The Tigers pulled within two points twice in the final 20 minutes but were never able to take a lead. Devin Booker scored 17 points to lead the Tigers in the loss.
The Tigers have not been a particularly strong offensive team this season as the lowest scoring team in the ACC (61.7 ppg), while shooting at just a 42.5 percent clip from the floor. A lack of ball movement has been a major weakness as the Tigers assist on just 10.8 field goals per game, the second worst mark in the conference. Clemson does play well on defense though, holding teams to 59.3 points per game on 41.1 percent shooting. Booker (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg) gives the Tigers a counter to Anderson with his ability to score and rebound. Milton Jennings (10.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg) is another solid performer in the frontcourt. K.J. McDaniels (10.7 ppg) can also score, but is questionable with a sprained ankle.
Neither of these teams has the type of personnel to afford losing an important contributor. If McDaniels is sidelined the Tigers will struggle to replace his scoring.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Boston College 65, Clemson 60
03/05 10:46:18 ET
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