Previewing 2017-18 Men’s Basketball: Florida State

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Boston College men’s basketball (17-13, 7-10 Atlantic Coast) will wrap up its regular season on the road against Florida State (19-10, 8-9) on Saturday afternoon, looking to complete a season sweep of the Seminoles and improve its seeding in the upcoming ACC tournament. With Wednesday’s win over Syracuse, the Eagles recorded their 14th win at Conte Forum this season—their most home victories in a single season since the 2008-09. BC hopes to enter the ACC Tournament on a two-game win streak.

Who is BC playing?

Florida State

When is BC playing?

Saturday, March 3,  2 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center, Tallahassee, Fla.

How to Watch:

The game will be livestreamed on WatchESPN, RSN and NESN.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) Jerome Robinson, the ACC’s leading scorer, racked up 22 points against Syracuse on Wednesday night—his 16th game of the season with 20-plus points. He also ended the game with a season-high seven assists.

2) The Eagles had 19 assists against Syracuse on Wednesday, giving them a 73.1 percent assist percentage. Additionally, 12 of those assists set up made 3-pointers.

3) BC shot 48 percent from the floor against Syracuse, a bit higher than its season average of 45 percent. The Eagles were also just shy of 52 percent from the perimeter.

FSU:

1) The Seminoles are logging 81.9 points per game and have a scoring margin of plus-7.8. Their scoring average eclipses that of BC’s 75.8 points per game.

2) Phil Cofer has heated up as of late and scored 21 points in the Seminoles’ last game against Clemson. His season average is 13.4 points per game.

3) Terrence Mann, FSU’s leading scorer, had a tough game the other night against Clemson, where he was only 1-for-9 from the floor and finished 10 points lower than his average of 13.5 points per game.

Last Meeting:

BC beat the Seminoles, 81-75, earlier this season on Jan. 15th, which was its first win over FSU since 2012, ending a six-game losing streak against the Seminoles. The Eagles played great defense against, limiting FSU to 34 percent from the floor and only a 19-percent mark from the arc. BC held FSU to 10 points below it’s scoring average and about 15 points below its shooting percentage.

BC wins if…

It limits turnovers. Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson need to pick up where they left off and continue to hit their shots and be consistent with racking up points. BC also needs to maintain its strong defense against the Seminoles like it did in the teams’ January matchup. If the Eagles can do this, they’ll most likely keep FSU’s potent offense in check.

BC loses if…

FSU continues to play well on defense and halts the Eagles’ backcourt-inspired scoring attack. If BC’s defense falls through, allowing leading scorers like Cofer and Mann to score easily and quickly, then the Eagles could very well drop their regular season finale in Tallahassee.

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