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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 12 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: ACC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Clemson 8-3. BC 7-5. Away Record: Clemson 2-4, BC 2-4. Neutral Record: Clemson 2-1, BC 0-2. Conference Record: Clemson 4-4, BC 1-6. Series Record: Clemson leads, 10-5.
GAME NOTES: The Clemson Tigers eye a third straight win on Saturday when they visit the Boston College Eagles in an Atlantic Coast Conference affair at Conte Forum.
This will be just the 16th meeting between the Eagles and Tigers. Clemson holds a 10-5 advantage in the rivalry, but Boston College is 5-1 all-time at home against the Tigers, including a slim two-point win last season.
Clemson posted its second consecutive victory on Tuesday, as K.J. McDaniels scored 15 points to lead the Tigers past the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 63-60. Milton Jennings was both a point and a rebound shy of a double-double for Clemson, which has won four of its last six.
Boston College's struggles continued on Tuesday, as it suffered its fifth straight defeat, falling to North Carolina, 82-70. Olivier Hanlan scored a game-high 22 points, Ryan Anderson added 16 and Patrick Heckmann chipped in 12 off the bench for the Eagles, who lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
As might be expected Boston College has been one of the least effective offensive teams in the ACC, as it managed to go over 60 points for the first time in four games on Tuesday. The Eagles rank second to last in field goal percentage (.431) and ninth in scoring (67.9 ppg). The Eagles have managed to keep themselves in most games though by letting up just 68.2 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting. Anderson (16.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg) leads a quartet of players in double figures for the Eagles, while ranking third in the conference in scoring and fourth in rebounds. Hanlan (14.1 ppg), Joe Rahon (10.1 ppg) and Lonnie Jackson (10.1 ppg) all score in double figures as well but other than Hanlan (.406) none shoots better than 40 percent from the floor. The Eagles lack scoring off the bench as well with Dennis Clifford (4.1 ppg) and Andrew Van Nest (4.1 ppg) the only reserves scoring more than three points per game. That was evident against UNC, as the Tar Heels outscored the Eagles, 31-15, off the bench.
Brad Brownell's Tigers come in sporting a 12-8 overall record and are also an even 4-4 in the conference. The 6-foot-8 Devin Booker is usually a strong presence in the middle for Clemson, shooting .551 from the floor and pacing the Tigers in both scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Booker, though, managed just nine points against the Yellow Jackets and has not had a double-digit scoring effort his last two times out. However, he did hand out a career-best four assists in the win. McDaniels (11.4 ppg) and Jennings (10.7 ppg) provide the team with a couple of complementary scorers. However, Clemson is by no means an offensive juggernaut, averaging a modest 64.2 ppg. The team has been much better on the defensive end, limiting opponents to just 57.2 ppg, which is the second lowest mark in the ACC.
Clemson is going to need to start stringing wins together if it has any plans on making a run to this season's Big Dance. If the Tigers want to play this postseason this is a game they should win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 76, Boston College 65
02/02 10:33:35 ET
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