The Boston College Eagles (9-7, 1-2 ACC) return home Jan. 16 to take on the Miami Hurricanes (12-3, 3-0 ACC). The game is set to tip off at 7:00 pm ET.
The Eagles are coming off a close 75-72 loss to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. BC has dropped two of their last three games after winning five straight prior to the start of ACC play. Lonnie Jackson had a season-high 23 points in the game to lead the team, and Ryan Anderson recorded his fifth double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
The Hurricanes are currently on a four-game winning streak big with wins over UNC and Maryland. The Hurricanes’ roster is highlighted by 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Shane Larkin, who leads the team in assists and is third in points per game.
Larkin also shoots the ball well from the 3-point range at over 40 percent for the season, and he is among the top players in the nation in steals, averaging over 2.3 per game.
One matchup to watch is the combined guard play of the Eagles against Larkin. Since the Eagles often have three guards on the floor at once in Jackson, Olivier Hanlan, and Joe Rahon, their combined effort against Larkin should make for a competitive contest at the perimeter.
Another interesting matchup is on the boards, where Miami has two players averaging over seven rebounds per game in Reggie Johnson and Kenny Kadji. Ryan Anderson, who averages nearly 10 boards per game, is sure to hold his own, but the Eagles will need a second player to step up and contribute.
In particular, the 7-foot tall Dennis Clifford has a huge impact on the glass when he is on the floor and will need to be heavily involved for BC to have a chance at winning the rebounding battle.
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