The Boston College Eagles and Miami Hurricanes meet on Friday evening to close out the season at the BankUnited Center. These are two teams that have been trying to stop the blood for quite some time. It has been a major struggle for both sides, who have had to deal with a long list of injuries. Miami goes into Friday on a six-game losing streak.
There has been little effort for most of this stretch for the Hurricanes. However, the Hurricanes have shown a bit of life recently. They headed on the road for tough matchups against Clemson and Virginia. Despite those difficult opponents, Miami was able to make a game out of both teams.
In the first of two road games, Miami covered against Clemson in a 66-58 loss on February 27. They were tight at the half, with Clemson holding a 4-point lead going into the break. Clemson was able to out score Miami by the same in the second to pull away for a close win. That was much better than expected from the Hurricanes.
Despite losing by 11 against Virginia, their effort against Virginia might have been even more impressive. They lost by a score of 62-51 against the No. 21 Cavaliers, which doesn’t sound like much. But I will say impressive because it does indicate that at least the Hurricanes were putting in some effort. That was not the case earlier.
They appear hungry to end this losing streak, and motivation in a 7-16 season can be tough to find sometimes. Boston College was on a four-game losing streak before they snapped out of it with a 94-90 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on February 27. That was a nice win for the Eagles, though it is only their second win in their previous 11 outings.
Straight after that win, Boston College was pummeled by Florida State in a 93-64 loss on Wednesday. Florida State is a strong team, but that was a lifeless performance from the Eagles. They looked content on ending the losing streak and going into the offseason. Not yet, though, as Boston College will close out the season on the road at Miami. Head below for our free Boston College vs. Miami pick on March 5, 2021.
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This is the second meeting between Boston College and Miami in the 2020-21 season. The first was a big success for the Eagles at home. They pulled away from the Hurricanes easily for a 84-62 win on January 12. That was not expected. Boston College were small home underdogs, but should have been a sizable favorite, never mind an underdog at home. The Eagles haven’t figured out how to win on the road, at least not yet.
A win against Miami and Boston College will have their first win on the road, and end the season with a road record of 1-6. They’ve been winless as visitors so far, with a record of 0-6 going into Miami. Boston College has been getting creamed for 79.1 points per game. That’s 332nd in the country defensively. On the road, it gets even worse for Miami, as they’ve conceded 82.5 points per game.
That’s way too many points to be giving up and expect to be winning games. Certainly not with an offense that is scoring 72.2 points per game. I give the Hurricanes some credit for how they handled Clemson and Virginia. The defensive intensity was turned up in an attempt to snap the losing streak. When you haven’t won since February 1, a 77-75 win against Duke, some desperation begins to creep in and the effort begins to go up considerably.
When it comes to effort for Boston College, what is there to play for this evening? Their body language against Florida State pretty well indicated that they checked out after beating Notre Dame last week. All they wanted to do was avoid five straight losses and call it a season. Hold up, though, the Eagles have to fly to warm and sunny Miami to finish the season.
When it comes to motivation, it’s hard to see any for Boston College. Miami? Come on. There has to be some energy from this team to avoid seven straight losses and not go out as losers on their home court against a bad Boston College squad. On senior night in the final game of the season, expect Miami to go out as winners by a score of 71-64 or thereabout.