After its loss to Virginia, the 10-4 Boston College Eagles will play host to the Clemson Tigers. This is a really big game for BC. After a tough one point loss to the Cavaliers, the Eagles have games at home against Clemson and Wake Forest before heading back on the road against UNC. It will be crucial to see how the Eagles will fare when they put their perfect home record to the test. Last year, the Eagles started off ACC play with two wins and then faltered, losing their last 16 games. The game against the Tigers will be the first opportunity for the Eagles to truly build off of their early success in ACC play.
Keys to the Game
While BC’s 1-4 record against power 6 schools indicates that they have no chance of being a bubble team, if they can find a way to go 9-9 or 10-8 in the ACC, they will be in that conversation by the end of the year. While a victory against UVA would have gone a long way towards getting there, they still have an opportunity to get to 9 ACC wins, but this Clemson game is the first step in that direction. To do so, the biggest keys to the game are Ky Bowman, Jim Christian, and controlling the ball. Bowman’s five turnovers against Virginia were what ultimately prevented the Eagles from completing the upset. He does enough rebounding and getting others involved that he doesn’t always need to shoot the ball well, but as a point guard, he needs to limit his turnovers and do a better job defensively. Ty Jerome was the best guard on the court on Saturday and it wasn’t that close. Ky needs to take the other teams’ best players out of commission. In the ACC, at best, the Eagles are equally as talented as their opponents. Jim Christian needs to counteract that talent discrepancy by outcoaching Brad Brownwell and Danny Manning this week.
Katie: 72-68 BC
Matt: 83-75 BC. Bowman, Jordan Chatman, and Jerome Robinson run the court and give the Eagles a huge ACC win.
Toppin: 79-76 Clemson
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