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Men’s Basketball Preview: Boston College @ University of Miami

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BC storms into Miami for its first match-up with the Canes

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Boston College swept the season series against Virginia Tech in thrilling fashion with an overtime victory. Steffon Mitchell turned in a double-double which included a career high 21 points and a stat line that was the best in the ACC in over twenty years. The road trip comes to an end in Coral Gables with a match-up against the Hurricanes. The Eagles are 26-24 against the Canes but only 11-13 inside of Coral Gables. The Eagles can earn another much needed conference win against a Canes team having a down year.

When

February 12, 2020

7:00 pm EST

Where

Watsco Center

Coral Gables, FL

How to Watch

The game is going to be broadcast on NESN. For Xfinity customers NESN can be found on channel 13 in standard definition (SD) and channel 851 in HD. For RCN channel 367 SD and HD on 612. On Verizon FIOS, NESN is channel 76 for SD and 576 for HD. NESN is on channel 628 for Directv and that is both SD and HD. As for Dish Network, you can find NESN on channels 434 (SD/HD) and 5434 for just hi-def.

You can stream NESN and YouTube TV on Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, computers, and mobile devices.

For those in the New England area with subscriptions to fuboTV, it includes the NESN live stream.

How to Listen

WEEI 850 AM

Previewing the Hurricanes

In what has turned into a down year for the ACC, Miami is tied for last place in the ACC with a 3-10 conference record. The Hurricanes biggest problem is their defense, which allows 75.3 points per game while their offense is only managing 71.5 points per game. They also average 6.2 assists per game less than their opponents. The Canes offense is not without some merit shooting 43.7% from the field and 33.1% from beyond the arc. However, it doesn’t matter how efficient they are if they can hold on to the ball. Miami is being out-rebounded by an average margin of 4.4 rebounds per game and turning the ball over 12.7 times per game. The Eagles need to be wary of this team despite its struggles. The Hurricanes can score and score efficiently, if the Eagles have one of their poor shooting nights they could leave the door open for the Canes.

Player to Watch

Chris Lykes. The junior guard has definitely been a bright spot in the Hurricanes bleak season. Lykes is averaging 15.3 points per game, 2.4 assists per game, and 1.1 steals per game, all three of which are the best marks on the team. Lykes is also shooting 42.8% from the floor and a 37.8% three point shooter.

BC’s Best Chance to Win

Jay Heath goes for 15+ points. Boston College is 7-2 when Heath score more than fifteen points, 6-2 when he scores 16 or more, and 4-0 when he scores over 17. Against a struggling defensive team like Miami, Heath has an opportunity to have a big game. The Hurricanes will likely focus on stopping Derryck Thronton and that will open up space for Heath to score.

Score Predictions

BC - 75 / Miami - 63