The Boston College Eagles (8-5, 0-0 ACC) will open ACC play Jan. 5 at Conte Forum against the 23rd ranked NC State Wolfpack (11-2, 0-0 ACC). The game is set to tipoff at 4 p.m.
After a 3-5 start, the Eagles have gone on a 5-game winning streak highlighted by close victories over UNH and Providence. During the streak, BC has had three different high scorers in Ryan Anderson, Patrick Heckmann and Joe Rahon, proving that the Eagles can find different ways to put points on the board. The Eagles have also improved their 3-point shooting of late, a key aspect of Coach Donahue’s offensive system.
The Wolfpack are currently on a 7-game winning streak of their own, with quality wins over UConn and Stanford during that stretch. NC State’s only losses on the season have come against current AP Top 25 opponents, 22nd ranked Oklahoma State and 2nd ranked Michigan. Top performers on the season for the Wolfpack include junior forward C.J. Leslie with 15.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG, and junior guard Lorenzo Brown with 12.4 PPG and 6.3 APG.
The match-up of the game is BC forward Ryan Anderson against NC State forward C.J. Leslie. As they are both top players for their teams, this battle down low will surely have a great impact on the outcome of the game. Another match-up to watch is freshmen guards Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon against NC State guard Lorenzo Brown. The consistent production of Hanlan matched with the reliable decision making of Rahon will match up well against the experience and skill of the NC State junior guard.
The game will be broadcasted on ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.