The sports world has turned to Sochi and has dreams of Olympic gold. While everyone else watches ice-skating, hockey, and bobsledding the Duke Blue Devils travel up north to take on the BC Eagles. These aren’t exactly War Eagles as they are 6-16 and 13th in the ACC.
Throughout their previous road trip, Duke has delivered each step of the way. Sure, they lost to Syracuse but in OT without their best player. If you can ever have an impressive loss, that is it. Playing their best ball of the year, this team is growing right in front of our eyes.
One of the marks of a great team, is players that step up when it counts. Duke is full of players that can do that as Tyler Thornton, Rasheed Sulaimon, and Andre Dawkins have been clutch of late.
Who is Boston College?
The Eagles average 69.9 PPGs and are 1-5 in their last 6 games. Leading the charge for BC is Olivier Hanlan. Hanlan has proven he can score in bunches as he tallied 38 in BC’s firs win of the year. That being said, this team lacked firepower, and when Hanlan struggles so do they.
Assisting Hanlan will be Junior Ryan Anderson. The forward is playing better basketball than Hanlan right now, but the two will have supplement one another and play great for this to be a close one.
On paper, BC is not in the top 100 of any stat. Their bright spot is assists per game at 12.9, but at 173rd in the nation, it isn’t exactly a ray of positivity.
Duke is hot right now. Barring a quick cool off, Duke should make pretty quick work of BC. I expect Duke to come out sluggish due to travel, but by halftime this will not be a game. BC does not have the talent to contend with Amile Jefferon’s rebounding and Parker’s all around game. If you throw in some Hood, Dawkins, and Sulaimon and this is a blow out in the making.