Eagles turn attention towards Clemson

CLEMSON - Boston College had one last non-conference bout on tap Tuesday night before picking ACC play back up in Clemson this Saturday.

The Eagles opened ACC play on Dec. 5 against Miami, beating the Hurricanes 61-60, in the first of eight-straight home games. Boston College's last road game was on Dec. 2--a 62-58 win in Ann Arbor against Michigan.

Boston College wraped up the home stand against the New Jersey Institute of Technology (5-9) before adjusting their focus on the Tigers and the remaining ACC schedule.

"If our non-conference schedule is supposed to get us prepared for the league schedule, we're not very prepared right now," said head coach Al Skinner during the season's first ACC Coaches Teleconference.

"Obviously, we've had our ups and downs. We'll have to make some improvements, but it's always tough during league play."

In the first seven games of the current home stand, Boston College has managed to go 4-3, with losses to Harvard, Rhode Island and Maine.

"I'm very surprised (with the five losses this season). The guys have played enough minutes to understand what's needed and what's required," Skinner said.

The Eagles are missing just one player from last year's team, Tyrese Rice, who happened to be their best, most consistent player.

Skinner has trouble naming the current team's most consistent player.

"That's the problem. There hasn't been consistency from anyone, and that's surprising," he said.

Forwards Joe Trapani and Corey Raji are likely the best candidates for the coach, who might still be bitter about Saturday's 52-51 loss to Maine.

Trapani is averaging 15 points and 6.9 rebounds per game, while Raji is averaging 13.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. Guard Reggie Jackson is third is scoring, tied for second in rebounding and is second in assists.

Still, Skinner contends that he's searching for consistency.

"There hasn't been any individual that's been there night in and night out," he said. "That's really what the problem is."

A day after a tough 74-53 loss at Duke, Clemson coach Oliver Purnell admitted Monday morning that he hadn't had enough time to give an educated assessment of Boston College.

"I really haven't seen a lot of them. Obviously, here this morning, I've watched a lot of tape on them," he said.

From watching the Eagles one Sunday afternoon on television, Purnell said they looked like a "typical, physical" team.

"They're very controlled offensively, gritty on the defensive end of the floor with a lot of toughness," he said. "That's a really uneducated view right there, because I really haven't studied them."

Clemson is off until Saturday when Boston College plays at Littlejohn Coliseum. Tip-off for the Raycom televised game is set for 4 p.m.

CUTigers.com Top Stories