Boston College put on a show against Georgia Tech in its second ACC game of the season on Saturday, defeating the Yellow Jackets 86-75. The win was the Eagles' eighth in their last ten games.
The Eagles will look to win their third consecutive ACC game when they host conference rival North Carolina State on Tuesday night at Conte Forum (9 p.m. EST; TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).
Boston College leads the all-time series against N.C. State 7-4. The last meeting between the two schools came on March 7, 2010, and the Wolfpack topped the Eagles 66-54. BC has lost two straight against N.C. State, as it also lost its 2009 match-up with the Wolfpack, 74-69. Prior to that, Boston College had defeated N.C. State four times in a row and seven out of eight times.
Boston College (12-4, 2-0 ACC) has been firing on all cylinders under first-year head coach Steve Donahue. The Eagles won three of its first five games before going on a seven game winning streak,
Losses to Rhode Island and Harvard tripped up the Eagles temporarily, but BC was able to get back on track in its next game each time. Donahue's Eagles have not lost two games in a row this season.
Reggie Jackson has been the Eagles' catalyst this year, averaging 18.9 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Joe Trapani is second in scoring (13.9 PPG, 6.2 RPG) and Corey Raji is third in scoring (12.5 PPG, 6.9 RPG).
The Wolfpack (11-4, 1-0 ACC) have been red-hot, winning their last five and seven of eight. During its winning streak, N.C. State has defeated Delaware State (72-70), Alabama A&M (82-51), San Diego (76-54), Elon (87-72) and Wake Forest (90-69).
N.C. State has five players who average double-digit scoring. Tracy Smith leads the pack, averaging 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds for the Wolfpack. C.J. Leslie averages 10.9 points and 7.9 rebounds, Ryan Harrow averages 10.9 points and 3.5 assists, Scott Wood averages 10.7 points and Lorenzo Brown averages 10.1 points per contest.
As a team, N.C. State averages 74.1 points (88th in the country) and is shooting 46.4%. Boston College is averaging 76.1 points per contest (53rd in the nation) and is 17th in the country in field goal percentage at 48.9%.
Boston College travels south to face ACC foe Miami (FL) in its next game on January 15th in Coral Gables, FL (6 p.m. EST; ESPNU). N.C. State will also head to Florida for its next game on January 15th when it faces Florida State.