The Boston College Eagles will host the Virginia Tech Hokies in ACC play Saturday afternoon from the Silvio Conte Forum. The Hokies came through with a 79-77 overtime home win over the Tar Heels last time out, and the Eagles were dealt a tough 74-72 road loss by Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. The Hokies tallied a 77-56 home win against the Eagles in the only meeting last season.
Hokies Defeat Tar Heels, Earn 5th ACC Victory
The Virginia Tech Hokies enter this one on a winning note. They rallied for a 79-77 double-overtime home win against a depleted Tar Heels team on Wednesday in a matchup that had the Hokies tagged as seven-point favorites. The Hokies are playing well overall, earning a win in four out of their last five games to improve their ACC record to 5-3.
Landers Nolley II has now surpassed 20 points in three out of his last four games. The freshman guard does a good portion of his damage from three-point range where he features a 38% efficiency and he is sporting an average of 18 PPG and 5.7 RPG. Nahiem Alleyne has reached double-digits in points in three straight games. The freshman guard has drained eight three’s in his last two games and he has increased his season average to 9.6 points. P.J. Horne has shot above 50% in two out of his last three tilts. The junior forward only scored six points in Wednesday’s victory and he is third in team scoring with 8.4 PPG.
The Hokies are currently positioned 57th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and feature a solid 3-1 road record. Virginia Tech is scoring an average of 72.2 points on the season, ranking them 156th overall. They are limiting opponents to only 63.1 points, good for 47th in all of DI.
Boston College Fading After Strong Start to ACC Play
The Boston College Eagles will attempt to thwart a rough five-game losing streak in this one. They started ACC play with a 3-1 record and have dipped to 3-5. The Eagles are having difficulties scoring enough points to win games in their current slide, although their defense has not been much better.
Derryck Thornton has looked good in his last few games which included 13 points in Wednesday’s loss. The senior guard has accumulated a total of 28 points in his last two games and has recorded an average of 12.8 points on 40% shooting. Jay Heath is one of many who are struggling with their shot. The freshman guard has shot below 40% in four consecutive games and his average has fallen to 12.1 PPG. Nik Popovic has not been productive, reaching double-digits in points in one out of his last three games. The senior forward is averaging 11.8 PPG on a 44% efficiency from the field accompanied by 5.5 RPG.
The Eagles are positioned 171st in DI in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and own a 6-5 home record. Boston College is only averaging 64.4 points, pegging them 322nd overall. They are allowing an average of 68.1 points, placing them 152nd in the country.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are:
- 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games against a team with a losing record.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record.
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Boston College Eagles are:
- 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.