The Boston College Eagles and Duke Blue Devils are scheduled to meet at Cameron Indoor for a Wednesday night showdown in the ACC. It has not been a solid start for either team this season. Boston College understandable. They had no expectations going into this season and are just seeing what happens.
When it comes to Duke, though, they are expected to be a yearly contender. Duke has only played in five games because of Covid-19, so perhaps it’s too premature to conclude anything about the Blue Devils, but they certainly don’t look like a top-10 contender in the 2020-21 season.
Nor does their rival, North Carolina, so the rivalry doesn’t feel quite as meaningful this year. If there’s any season to have an “off” year, it has to be the Covid-19 campaign, though. Some programs can use this as a rebuilding season for when things return to some normalcy. It still feels so odd to me watching games at places like Cameron Indoor without an electric atmosphere.
This is supposed to be one of the more difficult arenas to go and win a game at. While the Cameron Crazies advantage might be a little overrated in a sense, it doesn’t feel the same without the crowd at Duke home games. Note that Coach K will not be able to participate in this game.
He is currently quarantining and will be unavailable for his normal coaching duties on the sidelines. The 73-year-old will sit out at least the next game or two. He hasn’t returned a positive test, as far as I know at the moment, but has been in contact with somebody who has tested positive. Duke goes into Wednesday with a record of 3-2.
They are coming off a 75-65 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on the road. This was after Illinois took them out to the toolshed at Cameron Indoor for a 83-68 win. They also have a loss against Michigan State at home, 75-69, on December 1. A loss against Boston College at home? Fans will be hitting the alert button pretty hard. Boston College heads to Duke with a record of 2-7, and losses in six of their previous seven outings. Head below for our free Boston College vs. Duke pick on January 6, 2021.
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Duke needs a “get right” game, and they’re hoping that Boston College can be that team on Wednesday. They are going to have to do it without Coach K, but that shouldn’t hamper them too much in a game like this. Duke has netted an average of 73.8 points per game this season for 153rd in the NCAA. That’s extremely vanilla for the Blue Devils, and considering who they’ve played, nobody really special except maybe Illinois, this has not been a great start for Duke in 2020-21. This could be a spot for their offense to get going in the right direction, though.
Boston College has conceded 81.1 points per game on defense. That ranks just about at the back of the NCAA. It isn’t much of a defense for the Eagles at all. An average St. John’s team scored 93 points in a 97-93 win, while Florida scored 90 points in a 90-70 win, and Syracuse went to Boston College to blast them by a final score of 101-63. As bleh as the Duke offense has been this season, they will likely score with ease in this one. Sometimes it’s just a matter of one team’s athletes better in college hoops. That’s likely what we see at Cameron Indoor on Wednesday night.
Boston College has two wins, which came against Rhode Island, 69-64, and Maine, 78-62. Their best effort game of the season, though, had to be against Minnesota on the road in a 85-80 loss. That kind of effort from the Eagles has been hard to find out of them this season, though. After beating Notre Dame soundly, expect Duke to return home with some momentum on their side. It might be close in the first half, but look for the Blue Devils to get to a very soft Boston College defense and pull away. Duke may not deserve to be ranked No. 21 in the NCAA right now, though the Eagles shouldn’t offer much resistance.