Duke vs. Boston College: Full Game Preview

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Duke vs. Boston College: Full Game Preview
(4) Duke
(20-2, 4-2 away)
Boston College
(10-12, 8-7 home)
Venue: Silvio O. Conte Forum
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, February 10, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Duke M Plumlee 18.2 M Plumlee 10.7 Q Cook 6.1
Boston College R Anderson 16.0 R Anderson 8.8 J Rahon 3.6

On Sunday, No. 4 Duke visits Silvio O. Conte Forum to take on Boston College. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Blue Devils are 5-1 against the Eagles over the last four years. The last time they met (Feb. 19, 2012) they won 75-50.

Duke is second in the conference and Boston College is 11th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Blue Devils got past NC State 98-85 on Feb. 7 with the help of 30 points and 9 rebounds from Mason Plumlee. He contributes a team-leading 18.2 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 1.7 blocks per game. For the Eagles, Ryan Anderson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds in the 72-50 loss to Miami (FL) on Feb. 5. He leads the team in points with 16 per game and rebounds with 8.8 per game.

In terms of team stats, Duke has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Blue Devils have an edge over the Eagles, 79 points per game to 67 points per game.

Boston College StatSmack

  • Duke has a potent offense, scoring more points (79.0 per game vs. 67.5 per game) than Boston College this season.
  • Duke is better under pressure, and has defeated Boston College in four out of the last four games decided by five points or fewer.
  • The Duke blocks leader (Mason Plumlee, 37 blocks) has more blocks than the Boston College blocks leader (Dennis Clifford, 19 blocks).
  • Duke has more wins over the last 5 years than Boston College (172 vs. 91).
  • Duke has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Boston College (10 vs. five).
  • That must sting. Duke has blown out Boston College by 20 points or more on four occasions since 2000.
  • Duke has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Boston College (21 vs. five).
  • Duke has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Boston College this season (six vs. zero).
  • Since 1998, Duke has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Boston College (36 vs. zero).
  • A for effort, but Duke has emerged victorious against Boston College the last five times they've played.
  • Duke has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Boston College (one vs. zero).
DUKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Mason Plumlee 34 18 11 2 1 2 3
A- Quinn Cook 34 12 4 6 2 0 2
A- Ryan Kelly 28 13 5 1 1 2 1
B+ Seth Curry 30 17 2 1 1 0 1
B+ R. Sulaimon 30 12 3 2 1 0 1
C+ Amile Jefferson 14 5 3 0 0 1 1
C+ Tyler Thornton 21 3 2 3 1 0 1
C Josh Hairston 12 2 2 0 0 0 0
C Alex Murphy 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Todd Zafirovski 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Plumlee 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
BC Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Ryan Anderson 33 16 9 1 1 1 2
B Olivier Hanlan 34 14 4 3 1 0 2
C+ Joe Rahon 35 10 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Lonnie Jackson 32 10 3 2 1 0 2
C P. Heckmann 23 8 2 2 1 0 1
C- Dennis Clifford 16 4 4 0 0 1 1
D+ Eddie Odio 15 3 3 0 0 1 1
D+ Andrew Van Nest 13 4 2 1 0 0 1
D K.C. Caudill 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Danny Rubin 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Steve Perpiglia 4 0 0 0 0 0 1
F Drew Jacobs 3 0 0 0 0 0 1
F J. Cain Carney 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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