Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs Boston College Eagles

The Blue Devils stay on the road to face Boston College

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FEB. 4 | CONTE FORUM | CHESTNUT HILL, MA | 7 PM

Series Info

Overall: 26th meeting; Duke leads 22-3
In Durham: Duke leads 11-0
In Chestnut Hill: Duke leads 8-2
At neutral sites: Duke leads 3-1
Current streak: Duke, W2
Coach K vs. Boston College: 21-3

Media Info

TV: ESPN (Rece Davis/Jon Crispin/Brooke Weisbrod)
WatchESPN
Radio: Blue Devil Sports Network (David Shumate/John Roth)
Duke Radio Affiliates
National Radio: n/a
Sirius/XM: 81 / 81 (Duke broadcast)

The Blue Devils are in action Tuesday versus Boston College on the road at Conte Forum. The Blue Devils have won 3 straight after dropping 2 games in a row and are at 18-3 overall and 8-2 in the ACC.

Duke vs Boston College
Duke and Boston College are meeting for the 26th time, with the Blue Devils leading the all-time series 22-3. Since BC entered the ACC, the series favors Duke, 18-3. The Blue Devils are 8-2 in Conte Forum, but dropped an 89- 84 decision in their last visit on December 8, 2017. Freshman Matthew Hurt poured in a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 5-of-10 from three-point range when the teams met earlier this season at Cameron Indoor -- an 88-49 Duke win. This season marks the first since 2012-13 that Duke and BC have played twice in the same regular season.

The Opponent
Boston College is 11-11 overall, 5-6 in the ACC, and coming off a 71-70 win at North Carolina on Saturday. Boston College is the fourth opponent to face Duke after defeating North Carolina in its previous game (Wofford, Clemson, Georgia Tech). The balanced Eagles have seven players averaging 6.0+ points, led by Derryck Thornton’s 12.8 points per game. Thornton is a graduate transfer from USC, who began his college career at Duke in 2015-16 (7.1 ppg and 2.6 apg in 36 games for the Blue Devils). Nik Popovic (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg) did not play when these team met on New Year’s Eve.

Duke
The Blue Devils nationally are 7th in blocked shots, 9th in field goal percentage 27th in assists and top 50 in 3-point field goal percentage. They lead the ACC in scoring, field goal percentage and assists. They are 2nd in blocked shots and 3rd in 3-point shooting and steals. Duke is second nationally in both scoring margin (+18.2) and scoring offense (83.4). Seven of Duke’s 18 wins are by 30+ points, including four ACC wins by 30+, which ties a program record. The program record for most 30-point wins in ACC play was previously set in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01. The 39-point margin in the BC win (88-49) was Duke’s largest in an ACC game since beating Georgia Tech, 110-57, on Jan. 3, 2017. Duke has held the opponent’s leading scorer to below his season scoring average 14 times this season, including in 12 of the last 14 games. In ACC play, Duke has faced nine of the conference’s 15 leading scorers 12 times, and held all but one (Syracuse’s Elijah Hughes) to below the player’s season scoring average. Wake Forest’s Brandon Childress was held scoreless in Duke’s win on Jan. 11 at Cameron Indoor -- he’s ninth in the ACC at 15.4 points, while the ACC’s second-leading scorer Jordan Nwora (19.3) was limited to six points in the Cardinals’ victory on Jan. 18. Nwora’s six points stand as a season low ... Landers Nolley II (Virginia Tech) scored seven versus Duke -- his fewest in ACC play and second-fewest this season ... Miami’s Chris Lykes has been limited to single-digit points in ACC play just twice -- both versus Duke.

Vernon Carey Jr. leads the Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding, nearly averaging a double-double with 17.8 points per game and 8.9 rebounds. Carey also leads the team in blocks at just under 2 per game. Tre Jones leads the Blue Devils in assists at 6.8 per game, he also averages 15 points and a team leading 2 steals per game. Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt round out the double figure scorers for the Blue Devils with 12.3 and 11.3 points per game respectively.

Probable Starting Lineups

Duke

Guard - Tre Jones - 6'3, 185lbs
Guard - Jordan Goldwire - 6'2, 185lbs
Guard - Cassius Stanley - 6'6, 193lbs
Forward - Matthew Hurt - 6'9, 214lbs
Center - Vernon Carey - 6'10, 270lbs

Boston College

Guard - Derryck Thorton - 6'3, 195lbs
Guard - Jay Heath - 6'3, 175lbs
Forward - CJ Felder - 6'7, 230lbs
Forward - Jairus Hamilton - 6'8, 234lbs
Forward - Steffon Mitchell - 6'8, 220lbs

Stats Comparison

Duke FG%
48.9%
Boston College FG%
40.5%
DUKE 3PT FG%
36.4%
Boston College 3PT FG%
30.2%
DUKE FT%
68.7%
Boston College FT%
64.8%
DUKE PPG
83.4
Boston College PPG
64.8

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