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ACC Tournament 2017: Boston College Eagles Preview

Another year, another last place finish in the ACC for the Eagles, but there was some improvement.

NCAA Basketball: Virginia Tech at Boston College Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

For the next several days, the Tar Heel Blog staff will be previewing each ACC team heading into the ACC Tournament. We’ll be highlighting how the season has gone for each team, and discussing the state of each school heading into the postseason.

Boston College Eagles

Overall Record: 9-22

Conference record: 2-16

Biggest wins: Providence (79-67), Syracuse (96-81)

Worst losses: Nicholls (79-73), Hartford (65-63), Fairfield (89-83)

Key players: Jerome Robinson, Ky Bowman

Chance of making NCAA Tournament: Neither Jared Dudley nor Tyrese Rice are walking out onto the court for the Eagles, so very little to none.

In Boston College standards, this season was an improvement over the previous one (Progress!) in which they went 7-25 and were winless in the ACC. However, there really wasn't anywhere to go but up when comparing this year’s team to the 2015-2016 team. Unfortunately, one of the similarities though was that the Eagles were once again the cellar dwellers of the ACC and will once again be playing on Tuesday to open up the ACC tournament.

The 2016-2017 Eagles’ season started off with some head scratching losses to Fairfield, Hartford, and in their opening game of the season at home to Nicholls State. However, Boston College proved not to be complete pushovers with some good victories over Providence and NC State, as well as, they snapped their 20-game ACC losing streak with an impressive victory over Syracuse.

A big part of the reason that Boston College has improved a little from the previous year is because of the play of the probable All-ACC Freshman, Ky Bowman. Bowman, a native of Havelock, NC, has been a huge surprise for the Eagles. He is averaging 14.6 points per game on nearly 50% shooting, along with 5 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He had a career high 33 points in the game back in January against the Tar Heels.

Another North Carolina native who has helped the Eagles this season is Jerome Robinson out of Raleigh, N.C. Robinson leads the team in points (19.0), steals (1.7), and assists (3.3) per game. The duo of Robinson and Bowman have given the Eagles an effective scoring duo that has kept them in games this season, unlike the previous year where they were an easy W (last year Boston College was ranked 344th in the country with 61.2 points per game, but this year they are up to 204th with 72.5 points per game). This fits the narrative that there is definitely improvement from the prior year, but still they are not very good.

Note: The Eagles are 1st in the ACC in number of offensive rebounds allowed; however, it might be because they are worst in the ACC in opponents field goal percentage.

Boston College will open up the ACC Tournament on Tuesday at 2:00 against the #10 seed Wake Forest. The Eagles will try to end their 14-game losing streak with a win on Tuesday in Brooklyn, but they will face the Demon Deacons who are led by ACC Player of the Year candidate, John Collins. In order to make the NCAA Tournament, the Eagles will need to reel off five wins in five days. No worries though BC fans, at least it is still hockey season.