College hoops action on Wednesday evening and we will see a pair of teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference square off as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish grapple with the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Boston College won the first meeting by a score of 73-72. Notre Dame enters this game at 17-10 overall, including 8-8 in league play while the Eagles have gone just 7-10 against the ACC and 13-15 overall.
The Irish Are On The BubbleThe Notre Dame Fighting Irish have had an up-and-down year in the ACC as they have gone 8-8 in league play thus far. Notre Dame is in a four-way tie for 5th place in the ACC while going 17-10 overall. They are clearly on the bubble to get into the NCAA Tournament and may need a win or two in the upcoming ACC Tournament to get in. Even though the Eagles have struggled in ACC play, this could be a big win for the Irish. They have Wake Forest on the road on deck followed by home games against Florida State and Virginia Tech to close out the regular season. a 3-1 mark in these last four games, coupled with a win or two in the ACC tournament could get the Irish off the bubble. KenPom has the Irish ranked 57th in the nation and they have faced the 82nd ranked schedule.
The Irish come in off a very solid 87-71 home win over the Miami Hurricanes, in a game that they were favored by eight points in. The offense has gotten back on track as the Irish have averaged 82.0 ppg over their last two games after putting up just 56.7 ppg over their three previous games. Notre Dame shot 47% from the field overall, including 45% (14/31) from long range while committing just seven turnovers against Miami. The Irish take good care of the ball and they are currently 2nd in the nation in fewest turnovers per game at 9.7. Leading their attack was John Mooney and Temple Gibbs, who both had 19 points. Mooney has 12 boards and is currently 2nd in the nation in rebounding at 12.65 per game. The defense played well against the Canes as Notre Dame held them to just 41% shooting overall, including 23% (5/22) shooting from long range.
Notre Dame enters this game ranked 78th in the nation in scoring at 75.0 ppg, 235th in field goal percentage at 42.6%, 105th in three-point shooting at 34.7% and 83rd in free-throw shooting at 73.5%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 168th in points allowed at 69.1 ppg, 109th in defensive FG% at 41.6% and 243rd in three-point defense at 33.9%.
The Offense Is Not Flying For The EaglesIt has been a rough season in the ACC for the Boston College Eagles as they have gone just 7-10 in league play while going 13-15 overall. the Eagles will clearly need to win the ACC Tournament to get into the Big Dance. A win in this game could give the Eagles some confidence and hope that they could finish the regular season strong and at least get an invite to one of the lesser postseason tournaments. The Eagles have gone just 4-9 over their last 13 games and a big reason for their struggles this year has been their offense. Boston College has scored more than 72 points just once in their last 15 league games and that was a game that went to OT. They have averaged just 63.9 ppg in league play on the year and that may be enough against a Notre Dame team that has played very well on offense. this year.
Boston College is off of an 82-64 home loss to Clemson, in a game they were dogs of 2.5 in. The Eagles shot just 38% from the field overall, including just 2&% (7/26) from long range. Leading their attack was Jay Heath, who had 16 points while Jared Hamilton had 12. The BC defense has taken a hit of late as they have now allowed 78.3 ppg in their last four games while surrendering 73.2 ppg in league play overall. the Tigers shot a whopping 69% from the field overall, including 52% (12/23) from long range against BC. The Eagles did force Clemson into 18 turnovers but they still lost by 18. Boston College is ranked 176th by KenPom and they have faced the 62nd ranked schedule.
Boston College enters this game ranked 319th in the nation in scoring at 64.8 ppg, 324th in field goal percentage at 40.6%, 326th in three-point shooting at 30.1% and 304th in free-throw shooting at 66.4%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 193rd in points allowed at 69.8 ppg, 255th in defensive FG% at 44.4% and 254th in three-point defense at 34.2%.
Trends Are Courtesy Of Covers.com Notre Dame is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite
- The road team is 4-0 ATS the last four games in this series
Boston College is:
- 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games