Boston College vs NC State
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
BROOKLYN – Fifth-seeded North Carolina State plays its first game of the ACC Tournament on Wednesday in the second round against 12th-seeded Boston College after the Eagles advanced with an 87-77 first-round victory over Georgia Tech. The Wolfpack are playing their best basketball of the season and come into the tournament having won five of six, including a 76-69 home victory over Louisville in Saturday’s regular-season finale.
Sophomore guard Ky Bowman was on fire for BC against the Yellow Jackets as he poured in 26 points on 8-of-13 shooting while adding 10 rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Nik Popovic had a very efficient outing with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for his highest scoring game of the season, while Jerome Robinson, the conference regular-season scoring leader at 20.7 points per game and runner-up for ACC Player of the Year to Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, struggled from the floor with 5-of-17 shooting but still managed to chip in with 19 points and shot 8-of-9 from the free-throw line. Allerik Freeman scored 16 points and Torin Dorn added 15, but it was a focus on getting stops that proved successful for N.C. State in its last game against Louisville. “I thought our defense was as sharp as it’s been in a long time,” N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts told reporters afterward as his team held the Cardinals scoreless for nearly six minutes midway through the second half as it pulled away for the win.
TV: 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
ABOUT BC (18-14): The Eagles, who led the ACC with 8.81 3-pointers made per regular season game, usually win when they are hot from behind the arc but was able to survive a poor shooting day as it went 2-of-14 from the 3-point line against Georgia Tech. The Eagles are one of just three teams in the NCAA (along with Marquette and Mount St. Mary’s) to feature three players with at least 73 3-point field goals on the season (Jordan Chatman 80, Robinson 75 and Bowman 73). Robinson finished the season first in the ACC at 43.8 percent from behind the arc, while Chatman was seventh at 39.9 percent.
ABOUT N.C. STATE (21-10): The Wolfpack were the surprise team of the ACC this season by finishing sixth after it was picked to finished 12th in the preseason, and the league took notice by giving some players individual recognition in the awards announcement Sunday. Sophomore Omer Yurtseven, a 7-foot center from Turkey, was named to the All-ACC Third Team after averaging 14.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 18 conference games. Freeman, who leads the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game, and point guard Markell Johnson, who is tops in the ACC and third in the nation with 7.5 assists per game, were both named to the All-ACC honorable mention list.
1. N.C. State won the regular-season matchup 82-66 at home Feb. 20.
2. The Wolfpack had only four turnovers in the win against Louisville after committing 11 in a loss to Georgia Tech two games ago.
3. Robinson was named to the All-ACC first team and Bowman was named to the All-ACC honorable mention list.