Duke hopes to continue mastery of Boston College
Durham, NC (Sports Network) – A pair of teams coming off buzzer-beating
victories collide at Cameron Indoor Stadium this evening, as the Boston
College Eagles tussle with the 10th-ranked Duke Blue Devils from Durham.
BC was last in play on Tuesday, when it used a three-pointer at the buzzer
to defeat Florida State 85-82. It was the seventh win in the past eight
games by the Eagles, who improved to 14-5 overall. The victory also kept the
team, coming into the weekend, a half-game ahead of both North Carolina and
Virginia Tech for first place in the ACC at 6-1.
As for Duke, it took on Clemson on Thursday and thanks to a little help from
the officials and a layup at the buzzer, it was able to escape with a 68-66
triumph. It was team’s 20th straight win over Clemson and its fourth in a row
following an 0-2 start to league play this season. With the win, the Blue
Devils also improved to 17-3 overall and 13-1 at home.
Duke leads the all-time series with BC, 6-1, and it has won five straight
meetings, including a 78-76 victory in the 2006 ACC Championship game.
BC is led by the trio of Jared Dudley, Tyrese Rice and Sean Marshall and they
are the main reason why the team’s is averaging 78.1 ppg and shooting 48.2
percent from the floor this season. Dudley is one of the elite big men in the
league and he leads the Eagles in scoring (18.9 ppg) as well as rebounding
(8.8 rpg). Rice is netting a solid 16.7 ppg and he has been responsible for
running the offense with a team-best 5.9 apg to his credit. Marshall rounds
out the trio with 16.3 ppg to go along with 5.4 rpg. In the team’s last game,
Marshall drained a three-pointer over two defenders at the buzzer, lifting BC
past Florida State. Marshall finished the game with a double-double that
consisted of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Rice led the charge with 26 points and
six assists, while Dudley logged 23 points and six boards. The Eagles shot a
solid 52.8 percent from the floor and converted 22-of-31 free-throw attempts
in the win.
The Blue Devils have thrived at the defensive end of the court this season, as
they are limiting their opponents to a mere 55.8 ppg and only 39.1 percent
shooting from the field. The team has also done a solid job on the boards,
outrebounding its foes by 6.9 rpg. Offensively, DeMarcus Nelson leads Duke
with 14.4 ppg and he is also grabbing 5.5 rpg. Josh McRoberts however, may be
the squad’s most versatile player, as he leads the Blue Devils in rebounding
(8.0 rpg) and assists (4.0 apg) to go along with 12.8 ppg. Jon Scheyer fills
out the double-digit scorers with 12.1 ppg. In the squad’s previous outing, it
was David McClure who played the role of hero, as he converted a layup as time
expired, sending Duke to a 68-66 win over Clemson. The bucket helped
compensate for the Blue Devils blowing a five-point lead in the final 13
seconds, although there was controversy about how much time should have been
put back on the clock following a game-tying three-pointer by Clemson.
McRoberts led Duke with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, while
Nelson finished with 13 points and eight boards.