The first edition of the ACC men’s basketball power rankings comes with six teams ranked in the AP Top 25, including two in the top four as No. 1 Duke and No. 4 Virginia gear up to battle for the conference title.
Without Steffon Mitchell, BC looked helpless both on the boards and on defense, allowing countless open looks and buckets in the paint as the Cavaliers cruised to a 27-point win.
Without Wynston Tabbs and a fully healthy Steffon Mitchell, the Eagles fell apart in the second half and watched a close game with the Hokies slip away.
BC’s starting lineup combined for 20 fouls, and the No. 10 Hokies took advantage, erasing a halftime deficit and dealing the Eagles their second-straight loss.
Conference play is finally getting underway in the ACC, so here’s a look at how each team fared in non-conference play and what they bring to the conference title chase.
The Eagles were led by Ky Bowman’s career-high 44 points, but also turned the ball over 19 times, and Jason Dunne hit three free throws to tie the game with four seconds left after being fouled on a 3-pointer as BC lost to Hartford 79-78 in overtime.
Saturday afternoon’s win over DePaul featured a late takeover from Wynston Tabbs, strong post play from Nik Popovic, and an uncharacteristic day from Ky Bowman among other things.
BC only led the Blue Demons for 32 seconds, but it happened to be in the final half minute as it rallied from a deficit as large as 12 to claim a crucial road victory.
Over the course of the past eight days, Chris Herren Jr. has made his first two collegiate starts and logged a season-high 22 points—and to cap it all off, he was awarded a scholarship on Thursday afternoon.