Three games into conference play, Boston College is holding strong. The Eagles have defeated Maryland, Georgia Tech and N.C. State in their first three ACC games of the 2010-11 season.
Boston College (13-4, 3-0 ACC) will look for its fourth consecutive conference win when it faces Miami in Coral Gables, FL at 6 p.m. EST on Saturday (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WEEI).
The Eagles lead the all-time series against Miami 24-11. The series began in 1992 when BC defeated Miami 51-50 at Miami Arena. Recent history is on the Eagles' side, as Boston College has won 15 of the last 18 meetings.
Ever since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles have a 6-3 record against Miami. BC won the last two games, 61-60 at Conte Forum on December 6th and 79-75 on January 19th.
Prior to that, Boston College defeated Georgia Tech, 86-75, at Conte Forum. Jackson scored 25 points and Raji added 22 points in the win.
BC has won four of its last six games, losing only to Rhode Island (67-65) and Harvard (78-69). The Eagles opened the season with three wins in their first five games before going on a seven game winning streak.
Jackson continues to lead the Eagles in scoring (19.5 PPG), assists (4.7 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Joe Trapani is BC's second leading scorer, averaging 13.6 points, and also averages 6.6 rebounds. Corey Raji averages 12.6 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds while Biko Paris averages 11.2 points and 3.6 assists.
The Eagles rank 50th in the country in scoring (76.1 PPG), 18th in field goal percentage (48.6%) and 30th in assists (16.1 APG). One of BC's biggest flaws is its rebounding, as the Eagles rank 300th in the nation in rebounding (32 RPG).
Miami (11-5, 0-2 ACC) is coming off of a 79-72 loss to Clemson. Durand Scott made 6-of-12 points and scored 24 points to lead the Hurricanes. Miami shot 41.5% from the floor and 39.1% from beyond the arc in the loss.
The Hurricanes didn't fare any better against top-ranked Duke on January 2nd, losing 74-63. Reggie Johnson scored a career-high 22 points for Miami, which only made 3-of-17 three pointers in defeat.
Prior to their loss against Duke, the Hurricanes had won four games in a row and nine of ten games. Miami ranks 64 in the nation in scoring (75.4 PPG) and 127th nationally in field goal percentage (44.9%).
Through 16 games, Malcolm Grant leads the Hurricanes in scoring and assists, averaging 15.5 points and 3.8 assists. Scott is second in scoring, averaging 13.9 points. Johnson averages 12.3 points and a team-best 9.7 rebounds.
Following Saturday's game in Florida, the Eagles will host fellow ACC foe Virginia on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. EST. Miami hosts in-state and conference rival Florida State in its next game on Wednesday, January 19th.