Virginia Tech travels to Boston College to take on a struggling Eagles team. The Hokies (15-6, 5-3 ACC) have bounced back well after an embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech two weeks ago while the Eagles (14-8, 4-4 ACC) is riding an ugly three-game losing streak.
Boston College has suffered two straight blowout losses to the ACC elite of Duke and North Carolina. Virginia Tech has the opportunity to kick a team while it’s down.
Although Boston College is in the midst of a skid, it surely cannot be overlooked. Four players are averaging over 10 points-per-game and they can shoot lights out from behind-the-arc. This surly has been a weak point for Virginia Tech’s defense.
Reggie Jackson leads the way for Boston College. Jackson is averaging 18 points-per-game and rounds out the stat sheet with 4.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists-per-game. If that isn’t scary enough, Jackson’s 3-point percentage is an astonishing 42.7-percent.
Jackson’s partners in crime are Joe Trapani and Corey Raji. The two forwards do a great job at grabbing rebounds and are averaging 14.6 and 12.7 points-per-game, respectively. Trapani and Raji average over 14 rebounds between the two of them and to make matters worse, they can knock down the 3-point shot.
Virginia Tech needs Jeff Allen to continue to his dominating play against an inferior front line of Boston College. Allen has a double-double in his past three games and shows no signs of slowing down.
Victor Davila needs to team up with Allen and break out offensively. Davila is clearly working on his rebounding—he had 13 last game—and he needs to put back easy second chance points.
If Virginia Tech can dominate the paint, it will make life much easier for Malcolm Delaney and Erick Green. The two guards have teamed up very well and their game dictates how well Virginia Tech will play, but it’s always nice to get some help from the supporting cast.
If Virginia Tech can contain the 3-point shot and establish itself in the paint, the Hokies should come away with an easy road win. Should the Hokies perimeter defense continue to fall asleep, Virginia Tech will find itself possibly on the wrong end of a nail-biting finish.