Georgia Tech vs Boston College
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
BROOKLYN – Boston College has concluded its winningest season since 2010-11 and looks to extend that success into the opening round of the ACC Tournament on Tuesday against Georgia Tech at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The No. 12-seed Eagles won seven games in conference play this season – sparked by league player-of-the-year runner-up Jerome Robinson and his ACC-leading 20.7 points per game – but struggled down the stretch in Saturday’s 85-76 defeat at Florida State.“We lost our composure and got away with what was working,” Boston College coach Jim Christian told the media after the loss to the Seminoles, the fourth setback in the Eagles’ past five games. The 13th-seeded Yellow Jackets lost seven league games in a row before winning their final two games of the regular season, earning victories over North Carolina State and Wake Forest last week. Josh Okogie hit six free throws in the final 17 seconds of Saturday’s 64-56 victory over the Demon Deacons, and enters the tournament averaging a team-best 18.4 points per game. “The bench and the guys have been great all year long, even through some tough stretches,” Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner told reporters afterward. “Guys have stayed positive and upbeat.”
TV: Noon ET, ESPN2
ABOUT GEORGIA TECH (13-18): Okogie, a sophomore who surpassed 1,000 career points Saturday, missed the first eight games of the season but returned to shoot 38.3 percent from 3-point range and reach double-figures scoring in 21 of his 23 games. Tadric Jackson averages 12.1 points per game and has taken over at point guard following the season-ending elbow injury to freshman Jose Alvarado. The Yellow Jackets allow 67.3 points per game, fourth in the ACC and 47th in the nation.
ABOUT BOSTON COLLEGE (17-14): Robinson enjoyed a stellar regular season, averaging 24.3 points per game in ACC contests while hitting 44.5 percent of his 3-point attempts in league action. Fellow guard Ky Bowman is the only player in the nation to average at least 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season. Boston College leads the ACC in made 3-pointers per game (8.8) and the Eagles are one of just three teams in the nation to have a trio of players (Jordan Chatman, Robinson and Bowman) to make at least 73 3-pointers this season.
1. The opening-round matchup will not be strange territory for either program, as the two schools meet in the ACC Tournament opener for the fourth time in the past six years (the Eagles won in 2013 and 2015; Georgia Tech won in 2014).
2. Boston College won the only meeting between the two teams this season, getting key baskets from Bowman in overtime of an 80-72 home victory Feb. 4.
3. Tuesday’s winner faces fifth-seed North Carolina State at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, with that survivor advancing to Thursday’s quarterfinals against fourth-seed Clemson.