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Men’s Basketball Preview: Boston College vs Notre Dame

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NCAA Basketball: Clemson at Boston College Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Well to quote Bugger McFarland again, “If the other team makes more shots than you, they will score more points than you, and likely win the game.” Sadly, that was basically what happened to the Eagles Saturday night against Clemson. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead, never cooled off, and despite forcing plenty of turnovers the Eagles could never close the gap. Now the Eagles host the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The Eagles were able to pull a close victory the Irish on their own court all the way back in December. Certainly, Notre Dame will have revenge on their minds.

When

February 26th, 2020

9:00 pm EST

Where

Silvio Conte Forum

Chestnut Hill, MA

How to Watch

The game is going to be broadcast on the new ACC Network, which can be found on channel 612 for DirecTV, 402 for Dish Network, 388 for Spectrum, and for Verizon Fios channel is 329 for standard definition and channel 829 for high-def.

The game will also be available to those subscribed to the ACC Network via the ESPN app.

Furthermore, the ACC Network is available to those with subscriptions to Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, or Sling TV.

You can also find a TV provider with ACC Network by going on GetACC.com

How to Listen

WEEI 850 AM

Previewing the Fighting Irish

After starting off the season on a 6 game winning streak, Notre Dame went through a 12 game stretch where they went 5-7. Yet, the Irish have turned it around recently, winning six out of their last eight and now sit 17-10, tied for 5th with an 8-8 conference record. Despite their modest record Notre Dame possesses the 3rd highest scoring offense in the ACC, averaging 75.0 points per game. This offense is fueled by moving the ball around to find good looks from beyond the arc. While only ranked 9th in field goal percentage per game, Notre Dame is fifth in the ACC in 3-point percentage per game. They also rank first in the conference in terms of assists per game. However, as a team Notre Dame also gives up 69.1 points per game, the 6th most in the ACC. Notre Dame may not lock down on defense but they make up for it by locking down the boards, ranking 5th in the conference in rebounds per game. A team that lives by the three could either be a disaster for the Eagles or an opportunity. If the Irish’s shot is off, then BC has a chance to score points on a weak defense. If their shot is on...well, it could be Clemson all over again.

Player to Watch

TJ Gibbs. Gibbs is the Irish’s second leading scorer, third on the team in assists, and shooting 42.3% from the field. His most important stat for this game is his 43.9% three point shooting. BC got shelled from beyond the arc against Clemson and Notre Dame, loving the the three ball as they do, will be eager to try and replicate what Clemson did. If that is the game-plan, Gibbs will likely play a key role in it.

BC’s Best Chance to Win

Chase Notre Dame off the three point line. Defending the perimeter has been a struggles at times for the Eagles. BC can’t trade threes with Notre Dame, not when they are only shooting 30.1% from three compared to 34.7%. In terms of 2-pt percentage per game BC is shooting 47.2% while Notre Dame is shooting 49.2%. The picture is fairly clear. This also takes into account that the Eagles will likely have fewer chances to shoot given Notre Dame’s advantage in terms of rebound on defense.

Score Predictions

BC - 69 / Notre Dame - 74