Jan 22, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Devin Wilson (11) shoots the ball during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Tech at Boston College Preview and Prediction

The Virginia Tech Hokies have struggled in the ACC and will be desperate for a bounce-back win tonight after getting blown out by arch rival Virginia this past weekend. One of the losses in this 6-game losing came at home against Boston College but the Hokies now get a second shot at the Eagles in tonight’s showdown. While James Johnson was not directly mentioned today, incoming AD Whit Babcock indirectly gave Johnson his support by saying how he has no immediate plans to make coaching changes which is big for Johnson in what has been a tough season.

The loser of this game between the Hokies and Eagles will be last in the ACC so both Virginia Tech and Boston College will come out with the hopes of getting that big win. Devin Wilson struggled against Virginia but with Ben Emelogu getting healthy, Wilson should have more space to operate and make some big shots. Wilson knows how to kick the ball outside to and Ben Emelogu who will be looking to have a big game tonight. Olivier Hanlon struggled some in the first game but Hanlon seems likely to have a better game while Lonnie Jackson hasn’t done as well since when Boston College played the Hokies earlier in the season. Jackson surprised the Hokies last time but Ben Emelogu and Devin Wilson will make sure Jackson plays nowhere near as well.

Ryan Anderson has been the featured scorer for Boston College in the post but Joey Van Zegeren will be matched up against Anderson a lot. Anderson knows how to stretch the floor some but Van Zegeren will limit the opportunities that Anderson gets in the paint. C.J. Barksdale will be the difference maker tonight as his ability to stretcb the floor has given the Hokies a different type of offensive threat. This will be a great game but the Hokies will end their losing streak with a big win against Boston College.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 65, Boston College 59

Tags: Ben Emelogu C.J. Barksdale Devin Wilson Joey Van Zegeren Virginia Tech Basketball

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