GAME NOTES: The Boston College Eagles pay a visit to the Lawrence Joel Coliseum on Saturday, as they take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in an Atlantic Coast Conference tussle.
Boston College is looking to build on Wednesday's 86-75 victory at Virginia Tech. For the Eagles, it marked their sixth win in their last seven tries. It also began a stretch that will see them playing on the road four times over a span of five games.
Wake Forest is also playing well of late with victories in four of its last five outings. Most recently, the Demon Deacons claimed a 55-52 victory over Virginia on Wednesday night. They have fared rather well at home so far this season, boasting a 6-2 mark.
BC holds a 9-5 lead in the head-to-head series, although Wake Forest cruised to a 30-point victory over the Eagles when these teams last met up on Feb. 25, 2012.
There wasn't a whole lot for BC coach Steve Donahue to harp on following Wednesday's contest, as his team committed a season-low five turnovers while forcing 17. That resulted in a huge 29-0 advantage in points off turnovers for the Eagles, who also doled out a season-best 17 assists. However, they did struggle at the foul line, converting only 20-of-35 attempts (.571). Ryan Anderson led the way with 26 points, followed by Lonnie Jackson with 22, and Olivier Hanlan with 17. That trio also combined for 24 of the team's 33 rebounds. Anderson is nearly averaging a double-double on the season, as he is scoring 17.1 points per game while pulling down 9.7 rebounds. Hanlan (13.1 ppg) and Joe Rahon (11.6 ppg) round out the double-digit scorers for the Eagles.
Wake Forest is led by Travis McKie, who is tallying 15.0 points and a team- best 7.9 rebounds per tilt. C.J. Harris is next in line with 14.7 ppg, although an average of nearly seven points separates Harris from third-leading scorer Codi Miller-McIntyre. That lack of scoring balance has presented an issue at times for the Demon Deacons, although they can get hot any time along the perimeter. Harris is shooting a healthy 42.3 percent from 3-point range, and Wake is shooting 37 percent collectively. In Wednesday's win, Harris and McKie scored 16 and 14 points, respectively, but they were also the only two Deacs in double figures as Virginia nearly stormed all the way back from a 14- point second-half deficit. Wake was held without a field goal over the final 10:22 of regulation.
The Demon Deacons have been able to get by largely on the production of two players, but they'll no doubt need some other players to step up as they get into the heart of their ACC schedule. BC's knack for winning the turnover battle could be a key factor in the outcome of this one.
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