Date: January 21, 2014
Tip-off Time: 9:00 PM ET
TV Channel: ESPNU, ESPN3 (Online)
Radio: 106.7 FM (Atlanta Flagship), Full list of Local Affiliates
Live Stream: Watch ESPN (Click here)
Saturday’s home defeat at the hands of Miami may have been the low point of the season for Brian Gregory and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. It is (obviously) inexcusable to drop a 14-point decision to anyone on your home floor, but when it’s a team that is considered to be quite average, it becomes an even larger indictment. Still, the Jackets must press on, and their next challenge will be on Tuesday night, as they travel to the Northeast to take on Boston College.
Fortunately, BC has been a bit of a trainwreck this season, starting 5-13 and 1-4 in ACC play. The Eagles are a dismal 163rd in the country according to KenPom.com, but it has been one side of the ball that has plagued Steve Donahue’s team.
BC actually ranks quite favorably on the offensive end of the court, scoring 112.2 points per 100 possessions despite a relatively slow pace. They have two big-time scorers in sophomore guard Oliver Hanlan (18.9 points per game) and junior forward Ryan Anderson (15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds per game), but the drop-off is also fairly severe after that. On the defensive side of the ball, though, the Eagles have been a mess, landing 298th in adjusted defense (allowing 111.7 points per 100), and that should provide some life to a Tech offense that sputters at times.
With all of that said about Boston College, the home team is still favored by 4.5 points in this game, lending credence to the vast population that has buried Brian Gregory’s team. Still, I believe that Tech is the better pure basketball team on the floor on Tuesday, and if they can overcome the venue challenges and slow down at least one of the Hanlan/Anderson combination, it could be an important road victory.
Stay tuned for more information as it arrives, and we will bring you a recap after the final buzzer sounds.