Wake Forest suffered a really tough loss on Saturday, but one of the benefits of conference play is that they don’t have to wait long for another chance to get a win. The Deacs will head back to the Joel on Tuesday night to take on a Boston College team that has surprised some people early. The Eagles head into the game 1-0 in the conference after thumping Syracuse on Sunday by a score of 96-81. Here are the guys you’ll want to keep an eye on during the game:
Jerome Robinson | Soph. Guard | #1
Robinson has been really good for the Eagles so far this year, scoring in double figures in all but 1 of Boston College’s 14 games. He has scored 20 or more points ten times and 30 or more once this season. He is averaging 20.6 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 3.2 assists per game, and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 45% from the floor and 39% for downtown. Robinson is a great driver, and he can finish at the rim with either hand. He is getting to the free throw line almost 6 times a game with his aggressive play, but he shoots just 65% from the stripe.
Robinson also leads the Eagles in 3 point shooting, averaging 5.3 3-point attempts and 2.1 makes per game. In a loss to Richmond earlier this season, he hit on 6-9 from beyond the arc, so he definitely has the ability to get hot and fill it up from deep.
On the defensive side of the ball, Robinson is great at getting into the passing lanes and coming away with steals. His ability to anticipate where the ball is going is the reason he is averaging 2.1 steals per game this season. The Deacs turned the ball over way too many times against Clemson by throwing slow, lackadaisical passes across the court, which Clemson easily intercepted. They will obviously want to avoid making any of those passes against a guy that is so good at creating turnovers.
Ky Bowman | Freshman Guard | #0
Bowman is the second leading scorer for Boston College, and the only other Eagle besides Robinson averaging double digits with 11.8 points per game. He has been playing really well as of late; in his last 3 games, he is averaging 26.3 points on 67% shooting. Like Robinson, he is a great driver that can finish at the rim with either hand through contact.
But really, the main reason to keep your eye on Bowman in this game is that he absolutely lit up Syracuse on Sunday in his first ever ACC game with 30 points, 9 assists, 4 steals, and 5 rebounds. He was scorching hot from deep, hitting 7-8 shots from downtown. It will be interesting to see how he plays in his first ACC road game following that incredible performance. If he continues his hot streak, the Deacs may be in trouble.