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Men’s Basketball Previewed: Boston College @ Virginia Tech

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Can BC pull off another upset? This time in enemy territory

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

The Eagles held it together for all but five minutes but those 5 minutes appeared to be all Duke needed to walk out of Conte Forum with the victory. There was a lot to like about BC’s performance, especially on the defensive side of the ball. However, they just couldn’t finish it off on the offensive end despite shooting the ball well for most of the game. Now the Eagles travel to Blacksburg to face a Virginia Tech team that hasn’t won since their upset defeat at the hands of BC.

When

February 8th, 2020

12:00 PM EST

Where

Cassell Coliseum

Blacksburg, VA

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 Hokies

The Hokies have been on four game losing streak since they fell to BC all the way back on January 25th. The losing streak has not been marked by terrible performances. The Hokies are still averaging 40.5% shooting from the field over this four game stretch compared to their season average of 43.1. They still rank third in the nation with a assist-turnover ratio of 1.55. One of Tech’s strengths is their bench and it is still producing, scoring 20 points or more in 14 of their 29 games this season. Their 3-pt percentage of 27.6% per game has been slightly low (they’re averaging 35.9% for the season) considering that the Hokies rank 15th in the nation in three-pointers made. In each of Tech’s four losses they’ve been out-rebounded by their opponents. The Hokies have also been turning the ball over more during this stretch, 11.5 turnovers per game compared to their season average of 9.8. This is still a very talented team led by Tyrece Radford and Landers Nolley II and one that still outmatches BC, at least on paper.

Player to Watch

Tyrece Radford. Nolley is still leading Tech in points per game but Radford has been the one with the hot hand recently. He has lead the Hokies in scoring since the Miami game and in general has stepped up his production. In Radford’s first 20 games he averaged 8.4 points and 64.1 field goal percentage on only 6.1 attempts. Now over the last 3 games he’s averaging 18 points per game and 71.9% from the field on 10.7 attempts per game. I’d imagine he’ll try to keep this streak going against the Eagles.

BC’s Best Chance to Win

Dominate the boards. BC had a very good shooting night against Duke but their knack for inconsistency makes me wonder if they can do it in back to back games. Furthermore, I do not think Virginia Tech is going to shot 6.7% from 3 (like Duke) and even if BC has a great shooting night Tech is a great shooting team so I’m betting they’ll keep pace. When it comes to rebounding the BC and Tech are more even and it is the area that Tech has struggled the most over the last 4 games. Thus, if there is an area where BC can gain an edge it is in terms of rebounding.

Score Predictions

BC - 69 / VT - 71