Boston College vs. Providence game guide: Game Time, TV Schedule, Live Stream and MoreThe last time Providence squared off against Boston College, it was one of the lower points of 2016-17. The Friars (4-1) suffered an ugly lost at the hands of the Eagles (5-1). They'll look to get even when Boston College comes to town on Saturday night.
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Providence leads the all-time series against Boston College, 60-51. The Friars and Eagles meet annually, even after realignment, they have kept this game going. There has been alternating winners since 2011. Boston College won the most recent meeting at Chestnut Hill, winning 79-67, on Dec. 23, 2016.
According to Oddsshark.com, the Friars are listed as a nine-point favorite against the Eagles.
KenPom rates Providence an 82 percent favorite to beat Boston College, predicting a score of 78-68.
What to Watch For
Not A Two-Man Show
Boston College is off to a hot start this season. The Eagles are already past the halfway mark to match their nine-game win total from last year and off to their best start since 2011. While they were predominantly carried by Jerome Robinson and Ky Bowman, the Eagles' leading tandem from a year ago now has a lot more help and a better supporting cast, which has helped spark this showing. Whether or not these guys are for real, their close nine-point loss with a Texas Tech squad that blew out then-ranked No. 20 Northwestern might be an indicator.
Robinson and Bowman are still the guys in front, the Eagles' top two scorers. Robinson, a junior, is a dynamic scorer. He can attack the basket or pull up from deep. He is a bit of a liability at the free throw line, converting approximately 67 percent of his attempts. He's more of an impact player offensively than defensively. As for Bowman, he made quite the splash as a freshman last year and has only taken his game to a higher level. He's a 6-foot-1 do-it-all guard, averaging 14.8 points, 5.2 boards, 5.8 assists, and a team-high 1.2 steals. He's more of a slasher and isn't that big of a threat from deep.
As for the supporting cast--graduate transfer Deontae Hawkins (Illinois State) has been a double-double machine as of late. He's a physical forward that attacks the boards well and is a nice complementary scoring piece. He's got 12.7 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per game to start this season. Jordan Chatman is enjoying a much better start after playing his first season at Boston last year. Rounding things off is Nik Popovic. Popovic had barely any impact in the Colgate game, and will look to bounce back. He's a capable two-way inside presence that can contribute, it's unlikely he does virtually nothing two games in a row.
Heading into the 2016-17 season, Kyron Cartwright was determined to help lead Providence to a better finish than ninth and step out from being under Kris Dunn's shadow. The Friars ended up finishing third, while Cartwright started forging a name for himself. If there was still any leftover doubt lingering about his game, he ended it all on Wednesday night with a running three at the buzzer for the win against Belmont. His heroics topped off a a 17-point performance on the Bruins.
He's continued his growth this season, as a scorer and distributor. He has an improved three-point stroke and still dishing out the ball very well, boasting a 42.2 percent assist rate--the 11th highest in the country. He'll be getting the ball to a Rodney Bullock that has been playing well as of late. Over the last three games, he's been averaging just over 15 points per game and is shooting 50 percent while doing so. Also helping out are Kalif Young and Alpha Diallo, two sophomores that are off to a great start, also showing much growth and improvement from their freshman year. This is a Providence squad that flows at its best when it gets to move the ball and assist on almost 60 percent of its baskets. Boston College isn't very disruptive in the passing lanes, so the Friars should be able to get to work with ease if they....
Take Care of the Ball
Overall, Providence doesn't value the ball enough. The Friars turn the ball over on 20 percent of their possessions, only good for 208th in the country. They make up for it on the other end of the court, where they're one of the best in forcing turnovers. They will have a challenge in Boston College, as the Eagles boast a meager 4.6 percent steal rate offensively--the fifth-best in the nation. This is a team that takes great care of the ball and doesn't lose it often.