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Boston College vs. Georgia Tech: who ya got?
Brian: After 30 regular season games, only one remains -- today's Senior (?) Day home game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Eagles are looking to earn just their second 3+ ACC winning streak under Donahue and first since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Both teams come into today's matchup relatively hot. Boston College has won two straight and three of its last five. Georgia Tech has won two of its last three, including a 71-69 upset of #6/7 Miami on Wednesday in Coral Gables.
Vegas has installed BC as a 4 point favorite this afternoon.
How does this game go down?
Jeff: I like BC's chances today. In addition to the fact that BC is a 4 point favorite and they are working on their first winning streak of the conference season, Georgia Tech is coming off an emotional upset victory over Miami. So far this season, BC has had great success against teams coming off victories over top 5 teams. BC is 2-0 in those game so far this season having beaten Virginia and Maryland when both were coming off their respective wins over Duke. Georgia Tech managed to beat Miami on the road so it will be even tougher I feel for them to win two on the road back to back to end their regular season since they have not had a very successful year.
Brian: With a BC win, the Eagles would earn the no. 8 seed and face either Clemson (for the third time this season) or Georgia Tech (for the second time in five days). Which draw do you prefer for BC and why?
Jeff: I want to see BC win, get the no. 8 seed and play Clemson in the 8-9 game. Clemson is the team stumbling the most into this tournament. They have lost eight straight games right now and their the only team that we might end up playing that we have beaten on their home floor. The neutral site game should be something the Eagles can handle considering the Tigers have really been struggling lately. The 8-9 game is also important to get into because, if we win, we would have a matchup against Miami instead of a matchup against Duke. With Ryan Kelly back for the Blue Devils, they are once again the team to beat in the ACC. So far this season, Duke has not lost with Kelly in the lineup.
Brian: The old Big East may use social media to help determine a new conference name. Good idea?
Jeff: Can't hurt them any more than they have already hurt themselves.
Jeff: BC tied Vermont last night and now is in third in Hockey East with one game to play. They need a win tonight to make a run at the Hockey East tournament title, right?
Brian: Yes, but they need a win more for NCAA Tournament seeding. Right now they are down to a #3 seed (but would play in Providence).
Brian: The Big 12, which currently doesn't have a bowl tie-in with the ACC, may take the Big East's spot in the Russell Athletic Bowl. You like the move?
Jeff: Yes, associating your league with the Big East in any way is a bad move these days.
Jeff: Are we partly to blame for Johnny Gaudreau cooling off the second half of the season. Maybe too much hype?
Brian: I know many are disappointed with Gaudreau's second-half performance but you have to put it in perspective. No way he was going to keep scoring at his first-half clip (and he's STILL tied for third in the nation with 1.33 points per game).
Brian: Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons are getting a new stadium. What happens first? Matt Ryan plays in the Super Bowl or Boston College plays a bowl game / kickoff classic / other game at the new Atlanta Stadium?
Jeff: Matt Ryan Super Bowl.
Jeff: Since Eddie Odio has become somewhat of a fan favorite, how many dunks does he get in his final home game of the season?
Brian: EDDIE ODIO SMASH COUNT: 2
Brian: Last one. Next week's ACC Tournament's top seed, Miami, has now lost three of its last four. Do the Canes make it to the Championship game?
Jeff: I don't think so but then they make a run in the big dance.