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Boston College 81, Wake Forest 67 And The Big Finish

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Brian: BC put the 2010-11 version of Wake Forest men's basketball out of their misery yesterday, building up a 47-31 halftime lead and cruising to an 81-67 final score. A trio of Eagles dominated the box score, led by Reggie Jackson's 27 points. Joe Trapani added 22 and Biko Paris caught fire from behind the arc, hitting 5 first-half three pointers and finishing with 21.

The Eagles played a near perfect first half, but let up a little in the second to allow the Deacs to at least make it somewhat interesting. Still, BC never really surrendered its double-digit lead throughout.

Most importantly, the Eagles earned win #20 and a 10th win in the ACC (including the Tournament). Were you disappointed that BC wasn't able to keep the foot on the gas and blow Wake Forest out of Greensboro Coliseum? In other words, do style points count? Or at this point of the season, is surviving and advancing all that we could ask of the Eagles? Your thoughts?

Jeff: No, not disappointed at all, we got the style points we needed if we did need any by having a significant lead anytime anyone would have turned on the game or checked the score. Most people who matter probably didn't watch that game but BC winning by 14 should've been enough to keep them on the right side of the bubble.

Brian: What will it take to beat Clemson today in the ACC Quarterfinals?

Jeff: Like I said the other day, I think today comes down to shooting. Reggie went a ridiculous 10 for 13 from the field yesterday and Biko hit five 3s in the first half. If those two continue to play like that or near that level, we will win today. Trapani will get his and I think the defensive intensity will hold Clemson to 70 or less. BC should win this game today.

Big Finish

Brian: Virginia blew a 10 point lead with just 42 seconds remaining, eventually falling to Miami in OT in the first game of the Tournament. Where does this meltdown rank among the all-time meltdowns you have ever witnessed?

Jeff: That meltdown was terrible and awesome. It's not Reggie Miller at the Garden but it was close.


Jeff: Maryland and Virginia Tech did their thing last night. Odds ACC gets six into the dance?

Brian: With how weak the bubble is this year, I'd say chances are decent. 52 percent.


Brian: Virginia Tech lost $1.6 million on its trip to this year's 2011 Orange Bowl. Should BC be worried about a similar loss if we ever make it to a BCS bowl?

Jeff: Losing money to go to a BCS bowl would be money well spent for BC.


Jeff: Syracuse recently signed an extension to play more football games at the New Meadowlands Stadium. They currently have Notre Dame twice, USC and Penn State scheduled. When does BC jump on the neutral site bandwagon?

Brian: When BC consistently fills up Alumni, or when the AD shelves his ego.


Brian: Earlier in the week, BC baseball lost to UCF 18-0. Not exactly the way you want to go into the start of ACC play this weekend. Do the Eagles at least manage a win against the Noles this weekend?

Jeff: Unlikely.


Jeff: Hockey prediction time. What goes down in the Hockey East Quarterfinals tonight / this weekend?

Brian: Considering this senior class is 14-1 in Hockey East Tournament play (and 22-1 in the postseason), I expect nothing less than a sweep of the Zoo -- 4-1 and 5-3.


Brian: Last one. Prediction time. Who ya got in this one? What's the final score?

Jeff: Well of course I'm taking BC if you've been reading. Boston College 73, Clemson 68.