Virginia Tech-Boston College preview

January 10
Virginia Tech vs. Boston College

When: Noon.

Where: Cassell Coliseum, Blacksburg, Va.

TV: Comcast SportsNet.

Radio: WJFK-106.7.

Records: Hokies 8-6, 1-1 ACC; Eagles 4-11, 0-2.

Welcome back: Virginia Tech got some good news in Tuesday’s 72-52 loss to No. 2 Syracuse when guard Adam Smith and forwards C.J. Barksdale and Marshall Wood all returned to the lineup after being questionable with various injuries. Barksdale finished with a team-high 12 points as the Hokies gave the Orange a bit of a challenge. Virginia Tech trailed 44-40 with less than 15 minutes left before Syracuse pulled away with a 16-0 run.

Where’s Jarell Eddie? Virginia Tech’s leading scorer and rebounder got off to a scorching start this season, but the senior has been mostly held in check in recent weeks. After almost single-handedly carrying the Hokies to a win at Miami on Dec. 8, the 6-foot-7 forward has been a nonfactor in three of Virginia Tech’s last four games. He scored just six points against Syracuse after registering only four points on 1-for-12 shooting in an upset loss to UNC Greensboro on Dec. 28. Coach James Johnson is hoping for more consistency going forward.

Turnover trouble: Even after committing a season-low eight turnovers in each of its past two games, Virginia Tech remains one of the more mistake-prone teams in the country this year. Relying on freshman Devin Wilson as their primary ballhandler, the Hokies are still No. 267 in the country in turnovers per game (13.9). The good news is that Boston College, which had been mentioned before the season as a contender for an NCAA tournament, has the ACC’s worst defense. The Eagles are allowing more than 76 points per game.

— Mark Giannotto

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