Boston College came into this season with a lot of hope that they would finally get out of the basement and get out of their rut. To some extent they have. They had a respectable OOC and have started off conference play with wins against Duke and FSU. Unfortunately for the Eagles, they have lost three in a row and now find themselves just 3-6 in conference and looking at this game as a possible must win game at home. Georgia Tech is coming off an ugly wire-to-wire win against Syracuse and now they are looking to get back to .500 in conference as they begin to gel.
Boston College on offense revolves around their dynamic guards Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson. Robinson is a leader on a very young team and also a fantastic player. He averages 19 points per game and is deadly from three hitting 45.1% from deep. Ky Bowman is also a great scorer with 16.8 points per game, although he can be a bit of a chucker averaging only 41.6% from the field. He is solid from deep as well with a 34.2% 3P%. 6’5” Jordan Chatman acts as a great third scorer adding 13 points per game. He is mostly a spot up shooter (he shoots twice as many three pointers as two pointers) and is great from deep hitting 43.4%. Like the Yellow Jackets, the Eagles run a very short rotation. Along with those three mentioned, expect to see a lot of power forward Steffon Mitchell and center Nik Popovic and to see a little bit of 6’7” small forward Vin Baker and center Luka Kraljevic off the bench.
The key to this game for the Jackets will be to limit the effectiveness of the Eagles perimeter players. That may mean playing more man defense which was brutally effective against Syracuse, but with only a six man rotation Josh Pastner may be tempted to play more zone to save some legs.
This game takes place at noon at the Conte Forum at Boston College. My prediction is that BC will bring the energy in a must win home game and take down GT 68-62.