Basketball: Jackets face Boston College in ACC Tourney

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The first round is upon us and the Jackets must face Boston College in First Round play.

The relationship that these two teams have is very odd. Boston College swept the Jackets in the 2012-13 season with back to back games (season finale and the ACC Tourney 1st Round). Last years ACC Tourney historically marked Olivier Hanlan's record breaking 41 points against Georgia Tech. He couldn't be stopped.

This season, the Jackets have swept the Eagles thus far. However, these games have not been without their exciting moments. The Jackets won the first one on the road by 8, followed by a win at home by 3. Both games also saw snowfall outside. Boston College has lost too many to count by less than 5 points and should not be counted out of this contest whatsoever.

That being said, this Jackets team seems to be on a roll and I am excited for how this season has ended. They have defeated the zone defenses of both Syracuse and Virginia Tech to give them a two game winning streak as the regular season comes to an end.

For the previous match-ups between these teams, Hanlan dropped 19 and 21 against the Jackets. Other main BC contributors included Anderson, Jackson and Odio. The Boston College team is very different from most opponents that Tech faces, with Ryan Anderson playing the 5 position as more of a mid-range shooting 4 with just as much ability to get into the lane. They are dangerous all over the floor and if they get hot, watch out. The find ways to get into the paint and can cause the Jackets to turnover the ball.

The success for the Jackets all depend on how well they can control the ball and play their style of play. The struggle at transition defense but when set in the backcourt, they play very strong defense. While perimeter shooting has been improving for the Yellow Jackets, the stress needs to be to find a way to get the ball into the paint- whether it be drives from Golden or feeding the ball inside to Miller, Carter Jr. and Holsey. The shots will come, but they cannot force them if they want to make it out of the first round for the first time under Brian Gregory.

The game can be seen on ESPN2/ESPNU at 7pm. Follow us live on twitter for the action, or comment on here.

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