Georgia Tech Vs. Boston College: Yellow Jackets, Eagles Square Off In ACC Tilt

From here on out, it's nothing but ACC basketball for Boston College. The Eagles, who faced 14 non-conference teams in their first 15 games, will close out the season with 15 straight games against ACC opponents.

The Eagles will face conference foe Georgia Tech in the second of 16 ACC games this season at 4 p.m. EST on Saturday at Conte Forum (TV/Radio: RSN/WEEI).

Georgia Tech leads the all-time series against Boston College 4-8. The first meeting between the two schools took place on December 31, 1946 at Boston Arena, and Georgia Tech came away with a 54-50 victory. 

In the last meeting on February 27, 2010, the Yellow Jackets escaped with a 73-68 win behind Iman Shumpert's 24-point performance. Derrick Favors, who was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, scored 14 points in the game. Joe Trapani scored 26 points in the loss for Boston College, which fell to 14-14 (5-9 ACC).

Recent history is also on the Yellow Jackets' side, as they have won four of the seven meetings against Boston College since the Eagles joined the ACC back in 2005. BC does have the edge in game played at Conte Forum, winning two of the three home games against Georgia Tech.

Boston College (11-4) is coming off of a disappointing loss to Harvard on Wednesday. Joe Trapani scored 21 points and Reggie Jackson added 18 points for Boston College, which trailed 33-29 at halftime and lost 78-69.

Prior to the loss against Harvard, the Eagles defeated South Carolina 80-75. Joe Trapani scored 23 points and Biko Paris added 18 points for the Eagles in the impressive victory. BC has won nine of its last eleven games.

Jackson, who was one of five ACC players named for the Wooden Award Top 30 list on Thursday, leads the Eagles in scoring (18.5 PPG), assists (5.7 APG) and steals (1.3 SPG). Trapani is second in scoring with 14.5 PPG and second in rebounding with 6.1 boards per game. Corey Raji leads the team in rebounding (6.7 RPG) and is third in scoring (11.8 PPG).

Boston College is averaging 75.5 points per contest and has scored 1,132 points in 15 games. The Eagles are third in the ACC in field goal percentage (48.5%) and are third in the ACC in three-point percentage (39.7%).

Georgia Tech (7-6) has not yet faced an ACC opponent and is coming off of an 86-83 double-overtime loss to Charlotte. Shumpert scored 28 points on 8-of-19 shooting in the loss for the Yellow Jackets.

The Yellow Jackets won four of their first five games but lost three in a row to fall to 4-4. However, Georgia Tech rebounded to win three of their next five games heading into Saturday's match-up with Boston College. Of the Yellow Jackets' six losses, only one has come against a ranked team (No. 9 Syracuse, 80-76). 

Shumpert leads Georgia Tech in scoring, averaging 15.8 points, and also leads the team in rebounding (5.8 RPG). Glen Rice Jr. is second in scoring for the Yellow Jackets, averaging 12.2 points, and Brian Oliver is the only other Yellow Jacket to average double-digit scoring (11.4 PPG).

Georgia Tech is averaging 71 points per game and has scored 923 points. The Yellow Jackets are last in the ACC in field goal percentage (40.7%) and are last in the conference in three-point percentage, shooting a dismal 28.8%.

Following Saturday's game, the Eagles will host N.C. State on Tuesday, January 11th at 9 p.m. EST. Georgia Tech travels to face conference foe Clemson on Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

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