Reggie Jackson and the Boston College men's basketball team face conference rival Florida State in a battle for first place at the Donald L. Tucker Center on Saturday at 7 p.m. EST (TV/Radio: ESPNU/WRKO).
The Eagles and Seminoles enter Saturday's game with identical records, as both are 14-5 and 4-1 in ACC play. BC leads the all-time series against Florida State 4-3. However, the Eagles have lost their last two meetings against the Seminoles, losing 61-57 at Conte Forum on January 30, 2010 and 62-47 at the Tucker Center on February 14, 2010.
Boston College is coming off of a closely-contested 70-67 win over Virginia on Wednesday. Joe Trapani led BC with 18 points and Reggie Jackson, who scored his 1,000th career point late in the game, finished with 16 points. Despite the win, the Eagles shot 40.7% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc.
Jackson is the Eagles' leading scorer, averaging 19.4 points, and also leads the team in assists (4.8 APG) and steals (1.2 SPG). Trapani is second in scoring, averaging 13.9 points, and is second in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game. Corey Raji is third in scoring, averaging 12.5 points, and leads the team in rebounding with 6.8 rebounds per contest.
Florida State is fresh off of a 55-53 win against in-state rival Miami on Wednesday. The Seminoles missed their first 10 shots to open the game and trailed by 10 in the second half, but they overcame the deficit to post the well-earned victory.
Terrance Shannon scored a team-high 10 points to lead Florida State. Bernard James and Chris Singleton each scored eight points, Derwin Kitchen and Michael Snaer had seven points a piece and both Okaro White and Deividas Dulkys added six points for the Seminoles.
Singleton is Florida State's leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points, and averages a team-best 7.7 rebounds. Kitchen is the only other Seminole to average double-digit scoring with 10.1 points and leads the team in assists (3.6 APG).
The Eagles rank 53rd in the nation with 75.5 points per game and are 29th in the country in field goal percentage (48%). The Seminoles rank 141st in scoring (70.8 PPG) but are 10th in rebounding with 41 boards per game.
Boston College has its toughest test of the season in its next game, traveling to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on No. 4 Duke, on Thursday night at 8 p.m. EST. Florida State faces Clemson in its next game on Saturday, January 29th.