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 #16 Duke Blue Devils (11-4, 2-2) at Boston College Eagles (8-7, 2-2) 

Game #16 • Road Game #3 • ACC Game #5 • Saturday, Jan. 7 • 1 p.m. ET 

Silvio O. Conte Forum (8,606) • Chestnut Hills, Mass. 

TV: ACC Network 

Radio: Blue Devils Sports Network from LEARFIELD 

How to Listen

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Coming off of a humiliating loss at PNC Arena, No. 16 Duke remains on the road Saturday to battle Boston College in the second of two regular-season meetings this season between the ACC foes.

History

Duke leads the series with Boston College, 27-3, and has won seven straight overall. In Chestnut Hill, the Blue Devils are 10-2 all-time vs. the Eagles.

Last Time:

Behind 28 points combined from freshmen Mark Mitchell and Kyle Filipowski, the Blue Devils beat the Eagles, 75-59, at Cameron Indoor on Dec. 3.

The Series

In Durham, NC Duke leads, 13-0
at Cameron Indoor Stadium Duke leads, 13-0
In Chestnut Hill, MA Duke leads, 10-2
at Conte Forum Duke leads, 10-2
Neutral Sites Duke leads, 4-1
Last Meeting @Duke 75, BC 59 (Dec. 3, 2022)
Last 10 Games in Series Duke leads, 9-1 

About Duke

Duke leads the ACC in rebound margin (+8.7) and offensive rebounds (13.1), ranks second in scoring defense (62.4) and third in total rebounds (39.2) — top 50 nationally in each category. Duke has out-rebounded 11 of its first 15 opponents and is 10-1 this season when holding an advantage on the glass. Duke is 9-1 when leading in offensive rebounding. Duke has held 13 of 15 opponents to below their season scoring average — six to its then season low for points, including Iowa and Xavier.

The Blue Devils have seen seven different players lead the team in scoring over the last nine games, including a historic 20-point, 12-rebound effort by graduate Ryan Young vs. Florida State, a career-high 17 by Jaylen Blakes at Wake Forest and a then-career-high 15 by Dariq Whitehead vs. UMES. Young became the first Duke player all-time to record a 20-point double-double while not missing a shot, going 7-of-7 from the field and 6-of-6 at the free throw line. Only six other times in program history has a player scored 20 points on 100 percent shooting accuracy. Young is shooting .766 from the field overall and .947 (18-of-19) in ACC. Four-time ACC Rookie of the Week Kyle Filipowski has scored in double figures 13 times in 15 games. The freshman leads the team in scoring (13.8) and rebounds (8.6).

Duke head coach Jon Scheyer has announced that junior Jeremy Roach will miss Saturday’s game at Boston College due to a reaggravation of a toe injury.

About Boston College

The Eagles are 8-7 overall, 2-2 in the ACC and have won three of their last four. BC is 6-2 at home this season with ACC wins over Notre Dame, 70-63, and Virginia Tech, 70-65.

Makai Ashton-Langford averages 11.8 points to lead BC, while Jaden Zachary scores at a 10.9 clip and leads the Eagles in assists (2.3) and steals (1.3). TJ Bickerstaff leads the Eagles in rebounding at 6.7 per game and their leading assist man is Devil McGlockton.

Quinten Post has made an immediate impact since making his 2022-23 debut at Syracuse on Dec. 31. Post missed the first 13 games of the 2022-23 season due to a foot injury and has played in the last two games. The 7-footer made his first five field goal attempts last time out vs. Notre Dame, finishing with 10 points and nine boards. In his season debut at Syracuse, he came off the bench and tallied eight points, three boards, and two assists in 17 minutes.

A 2022 ACC All-Tournament pick, Post finished last season as one of the league’s top big men, averaging 11.2 points, 5.5 boards, 1.0 blocks while shooting nearly 58% from the floor and 56% from the perimeter over the final 10 games.

Stats Comparison

G MP FG FGA FG% 2P 2PA 2P% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
Duke 15 40.0 26.0 58.9 .441 19.1 37.7 .506 6.9 21.3 .326 14.0 18.1 .772 13.1 26.1 39.2 14.3 6.3 4.1 12.3 15.7 72.9
Boston College 15 40.7 24.2 57.7 .420 19.7 40.8 .484 4.5 16.9 .265 11.9 17.7 .672 10.3 24.9 35.2 10.3 6.9 3.9 12.4 15.6 64.7

Probable Starters

Duke Blue Devils

G Jaylen Blakes 6’2 200lbs So.
F Dariq Whitehead 6’7 220lbs Fr.
F Mark Mitchell 6’8, 220lbs Fr.
F Kyle Filipowski 7’0, 230lbs Fr.
F Dereck Lively 7’1, 230lbs  Fr.

Boston College Eagles

G Jaeden Zackery 6’2, 215lbs So.
G Makai Ashton-Langford 6’3, 180lbs Gr.
G DeMarr Langford Jr. 6’5, 220lbs Jr.
G/F Prince Aligbe G 6’7, 225lbs Fr.
F T.J. Bickerstaff 6’9, 220lbs Sr.

Thoughts

Without Jeremy Roach and coming off of a loss and back in a hostile environment it’s hard to imagine a mostly freshmen led team being able to put away the Eagles unless someone different steps up. The Eagles would be wise to pressure the Duke ball handlers as they have no one who has shown the ability to bring the ball up the court and initiate offense. I would expect pressing and trapping to be a huge part of what the Eagles employ today.

The Blue Devils have to make much smarter decisions with the basketball and have to trust their teammates, something that did not happen against NC State. This could be a very ugly game for the Blue Devils if they come out with the same timid nature and don’t compete for the second straight game.

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