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Men’s Basketball Preview: Boston College @ Florida State

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BC’s regular season finale is a must win game

NCAA Basketball: Notre Dame at Boston College Adam Richins-USA TODAY Sports

It was an historic night in Chestnut Hill, inside the Conte Forum, as the Boston College Eagles set a school record with 19 converted three point shots. The Eagles still lost by 13 and with that loss, missed out a chance to get a first round bye in the ACC tournament. Now they must win in order to have a chance at that first round bye and they must do it hostile territory against one of the ACC’s strongest teams.

When

March 7th, 2020

4:30 pm EST

Where

Donald L. Tucker Center

Tallahassee, FL

How to Watch

The game is being broadcast on NESN/ RSN.

How to Listen

WEEI 850 AM

Previewing the Seminoles

The Noles have been on the rise the past few years under Coach Leonard Hamilton and this season they currently sitting atop the ACC standings tied for the lead with the Louisville. Florida State has some real stand-out victories this year over top 25 teams, Tennessee, Florida, and two wins over Louisville. This is certainly one of the ACC teams that will go to March Madness. The team possesses the second best offense in the conference 75.3 points per game, second in field goal percentage with 45.9% and 3-point percentage with 36%. This offensive production comes without having a single player in the ACC top five scoring wise. Florida State also brings a solid defense to the table. They only surrender a 5th best 65.7 points per game, they lead the ACC in steals with 8.83 per game and are second in the ACC in blocks and turnover margin. Overall this a team that can really pressure the Eagles where they are the weakest.

Player to Watch

Trent Forrest. Forrest is the team’s second leading scorer averaging 11.7 points per game but he does a little bit of everything for the Seminoles. Forrest is also second in rebounds but also leads the teams in assists and steals. Shooting-wise, Forrest is averaging 46.5% field goal shooting but only 30.8% from beyond the arc.

BC’s Best Chance to Win

Hit 19 threes again. Even if the Eagles are able to put together a consistent performance they will need some sort of extra-ordinary performance from either an individual player or from the team as a whole. Florida State is simply better as a collective. That’s even if Nik Popovic and the Hamilton brothers play. The Seminoles also have the home-court advantage.

Score Prediction

BC - 68 / FSU - 82