The Boston College Eagles travel to Tallahassee on Saturday for a noontime Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with the Florida State Seminoles in what is a very winnable contest for both teams.
Neither squad has enjoyed much success this season.
The Eagles (11-13, 3-8) have dropped seven of their past nine games, but enter the contest fresh off a home win over Wake Forest after having lost the first matchup earlier this season.
Florida State (13-11, 5-6) has had its share of struggles too.
After opening conference play with back-to-back road wins over Clemson and Maryland, the Noles have lost six of their last nine.
Offense has been an issue for FSU during four of those losses. They scored 36 at Virginia, 47 at Miami, 60 against Duke and 46 at Wake Forest.
Michael Snaer leads FSU in scoring at 13.7 PPG and assists with 2.6 APG. Okaro White is the only other Seminole to score in double figures with 12.1 PPG. The junior forward also pulls down 5.8 RPG.
Though Florida State struggles to score at times, the team has depth. Nine players average between 11 and 31 minutes per game.
Ryan Anderson leads Boston College in scoring with 15.9 PPG and in rebounding with 8.5 RPG. The sophomore is fifth in the ACC in scoring and fourth in rebounding.
BC has a trio of guards who all do a little bit of everything.
Can the Eagles defeat the Seminoles?
Freshmen Olivier Hanlon (13.9 PPG, 4.0 RPG) and Joe Rahon (10.2 PPG and 3.6 APG) both log heavy minutes for the Eagles as they average 34.1 and 35.4 MPG, respectively.
The third guard in this group is sophomore Lonnie Jackson. The California native scores 9.8 PPG, grabs 2.8 RPG, and dishes out 2.1 APG. His strong suit, though, is shooting the ball. Jackson connects on 39 percent of his three-point shots and knocks down 82.7 percent of his free throws.
Like FSU, the Eagles also have some depth. Eight players average between 12 and 35 MPG.
Boston College is an extremely young team. Eleven of 13 players are either freshmen or sophomores. The Eagles only have one win (at Virginia Tech) in five conference road games.
How well they take care of the basketball, handle the defensive pressure from the Seminoles and adapt to what’s sure to be a hostile environment will dictate whether or not BC can build on the momentum from defeating Wake Forest in its last contest.