ACC Basketball: Wednesday Preview

There are only two games on the docket this evening around the ACC. Virginia Tech will do battle with nearby rival, Radford. Meanwhile up the east coast, Boston College will take on Kris Dunn and the #15 Providence Friars in another local non-conference rivalry game. Here’s the preview.
 

Virginia Tech (5-3) Vs. Radford (5-4), 7:00 PM ET on ESPN3.com
 

Game Notes

  • Virginia Tech is coming fresh off a blowout win over Arkansas Pine-Bluff courtesy of forward Zach LeDay. While it was a team effort to effectively mop the floor against the lesser Golden Lions, LeDay’s contributions this season cannot be overlooked. He scored 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory, and is averaging 16.1 points and 9.4 rebounds this season to surprisingly contribute more than originally expected.
  • Radford is a team that definitely will not be short on confidence heading into a home battle with the Hokies. Radford upset Virginia Tech in Blacksburg last season, and already has an early season non-conference win against Georgetown. Highlanders guard Rashun Davis is the player to watch, as he leads the team in points (14.8) and assists (5.6) per game this season.

Prediction

This will be a hard fought game. However, unlike a year ago, the Hokies will be bringing much more athleticism to the floor to stymie any sort of upset that nearby Radford may be brewing. The Highlanders caught Virginia Tech off-guard a year ago, but I don’t expect that to happen again tonight. Zach LeDay and freshman wing Chris Clarke have been excellent in rebounding the basketball so far this season, and I anticipate that they will be the difference in the game to swing the outcome in favor of the Hokies.
 

Virginia Tech 70    Radford 62

 

Boston College (3-5) Vs. #15 Providence (8-1), 7:00 PM ET on ESPN3.com
 

Game Notes

  • Eight players from the Boston College roster are continuing to suffer from effects of the E. Coli outbreak in the northeast. This is a large reason why Jim Christian’s squad lost an otherwise head-scratching defeat at the hands of Massachusetts-Lowell on Sunday.
  • Providence boasts perhaps the best point guard in the country in Kris Dunn. The junior guard is averaging 18.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game this season in leading the Friars to an 8-1 start out of the gate.

Prediction

Providence is the more talented of the two teams to begin with in this match-up. On top of that, the Eagles are not healthy right now through no real fault of their own. I can’t see Boston College hanging in for a full 40 minutes with this talented Friars squad, especially with Kris Dunn playing as well as any player in the country entering play. I’ll take Providence in a rout.
 

Providence 68    Boston College 52

 
 

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