Boston College stands 8-8 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. Their lone ACC win was over Syracuse, with their two losses at the hands of Wake Forest and Duke. Wednesday night they will host NC State where they will look to build upon a second half where they outscored Duke 48-40 at Cameron Indoor. What do you need to know about the Eagles?
Jerome Robinson leads the Eagles in scoring averaging 20.6 per game.
Robinson is having a great sophomore season for the Eagles. He has taken the responsibility of being the go-to guy for BC which has helped improve their fast-paced attack. Robinson has a well-rounded offensive game. He shoots well from the field and has a handle that allows him to get defenders leaning to beat them to the basket. The 6-5 guard is talented at taking smaller guards off the bounce, scoring over the top. Robinson also works hard off the ball, cutting backdoor, moving for spot up threes when teammates drive, and curling off of ball screens. His diverse skill set and constant movement make him a difficult cover for opposing teams.
Turnovers plague the Eagles averaging 15.8 per game.
Boston College plays fast and doesn’t mind challenging teams to a track meet. In their last game at Duke, they went back and forth with the Blue Devils; however, their 17 first half turnovers proved to be too much to overcome. A lot of these turnovers were unforced by the Blue Devils, results from poor decisions to rush or attack without numbers.
Boston College plays fast on offense and gives up points defensively.
The Eagles average 74.6 points per game on the season although they have improved that average to 81.3 per game in their three ACC games. BC’s fast-paced attack leads to lots of possessions offensively but it has also strained their defense. In conference play, they are allowing 84.2 PPG. Transition defense hasn’t been great for Boston College as they have been punished for live-ball turnovers. Duke converted 24 points off of Boston College turnovers in the first half. BC’s inability to control turnovers and stop opposing teams consequently slowing their success.
The Eagles can play with any team in the ACC; however, they have not secure a big win due to defense and turnovers. Rebounding has also been of concern as they have a negative rebounding margin in ACC play at -2.7. One thing is sure the Eagles are improving under Coach Jim Christian. Wednesday night Boston College will look to clean up turnovers as well as build upon their second half as they look to beat NC State.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS
Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.
NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.
How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?
Burns. Ross. Morsell.
DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.
Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).
How you ask?
Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).
Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.
A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.
NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.
Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?
Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.
The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.
The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.
The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.
The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.
NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.