Coming off a touch 60-56 loss against the Miami Hurricanes, the Boston College Eagles (7-7) look to break .500 as they face off against the Harvard Crimson (10-3) on Wednesday.
No, BC does not have the opportunity to win their first ACC game of the year (0-3 in ACC competition), but they have the chance to prove that they are the best basketball team in the state of Massachusetts with a win. Right now, that title belongs to Harvard ever since they topped UMass Amherst 75-73 back in November.
Harvard might be known for the academics, but their basketball team has been nothing to scoff at these past few years. Ban the game they got pummeled 76-27 against sixth ranked Virginia, and the Crimson are in the middle of a great season. They might not be the top team in the nation (47th in nation by Daily RPI), but they have talent to work with.
The top player for Harvard is none other than senior guard Wesley Saunders. Saunders who hardly ever comes off the court is averaging 16.2 points per game with 5.8 rebounds, four assists and 2.1 steals per 33.1 minutes. His .515 field goal percentage is impressive to say the least.
Defense is the name of the game for the Crimson however, as they allow just 55.7 points per game which is the eleventh fewest in the nation while racking up 5.9 blocks per game (sixteenth most in the nation).
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they struggle enough offensively to begin with. Their 65.9 points per game ranks 223rd in the nation while their 33.6 rebounds ranks 229th. Riding a three game losing streak (including the past two which they have lost by four points or less), momentum is not exactly in Boston College’s favor right now.
The Eagles will need a big performance out of junior shooting guard Olivier Hanlan who will be countering Wesley Saunders. Hanlan is averaging 16.4 points per game with 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.9 blocks per 36.1 minutes.
Starting at 7 PM EST, the game is set to air on ESPN 3 live from Conte Forum.