Boston College (7-7) is set to host ACC rival Notre Dame (9-4) tomorrow in another, always important, ACC matchup tomorrow.
The Eagles of Boston College are coming off a lopsided loss, surprisingly full of positives, against Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Duke Blue Devils in their first ACC matchup of the season. Boston College had something to be proud of after their loss to Duke.
“I think they’re a better team than they were last year,” said Coach Krzyzewski after the game Saturday. The Eagles had won four straight prior to Saturday’s game and had started to play better basketball.
Graduate student Eli Carter has been averaging 19 points per game over the last five games. Carter has been the Eagles leading scorer all season and will have to continue to score to give the Eagles a chance to win tomorrow.
The Eagles will have to keep an eye out for Notre Dame Point Guard Demetrius Jackson who has been the Irish’s stud all season. The junior Point Guard leads the team in points-per-game with 16.4 and assists-per-game with 4.9. The Eagles will have to limit Jacksons offensive production by playing physical and playing smart defense.
The Fighting Irish have a good group of players behind Jackson in Zach Auguste, V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia. Notre Dame is nine and four on the season and are coming off a loss in their first ACC matchup to #5/5 Virginia. Notre Dame will be just as hungry for an ACC win as Boston College will.
The Eagles Head Coach Jim Christian shouldn't have to hype up the importance of this game for his team. The Eagles have lost nine of their last ten to their foes in green and gold, but are hoping this game will be different.
The fifth year senior Dennis Clifford received high praise from Duke’s Coach K after the game Saturday and will be riding that confidence into tomorrows matchup. Last year against the Irish Clifford played a great game, scoring 17 points add grabbing six boards in the 17 point loss.
Clifford will need to put up big numbers against Notre Dame’s captain Zach Auguste. Auguste is coming off a terrible performance against Virginia and will look to redeem himself tomorrow night at seven.