N.C. State faces Boston College

J.P. GiglioJanuary 11, 2011 

When: 9 p.m. today

Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

TV: ESPNU Radio: WRAL-101.5

Projected starting lineups

N.C. State (11-4, 1-0 ACC)

G Javier Gonzalez 5.3 ppg, 2.1 apg

G Lorenzo Brown 10.1 ppg, 3.5 apg

G Scott Wood 10.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg

F C.J. Leslie 10.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg

F Tracy Smith 13.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Boston College (12-4, 2-0)

G Biko Paris 11.1 ppg, 3.5 apg

G Reggie Jackson 18.9 ppg, 4.6 apg

F Danny Rubin 7.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg

F Joe Trapani 13.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg

F Josh Southern 7.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg

Player to watch: Reggie Jackson, Boston College, Jr., guard

Jackson leads a short-handed BC team in scoring, assists and steals, and he has adapted to Steve Donahue's 3-point system by shooting 48.6 from 3-point range (19 percentage points higher than last season). That's why N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said Monday that Jackson is "playing as well as anyone in the conference." Lowe likely will use freshman Lorenzo Brown to defend Jackson, who lit up Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert for 25 points in the Eagles' second ACC win on Saturday.

Observations: Boston College, which boasts nonconference wins over Texas A&M and South Carolina, ranks No. 40 in the latest RPI. N.C. State is 0-4 against top-50 teams, one of the key components for an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. (The Wolfpack's win over George Mason - No. 54 - qualifies as its best to date.)

First-year BC coach Steve Donahue won three straight Ivy League titles at Cornell before taking the BC job. Donahue went 38-4 against the Ivy League in his last three seasons, but he's 0-2 against the Ivy League (home losses to Yale and Harvard) this season with the Eagles.

N.C. State is 3-4 against BC in ACC play, with two straight wins in the series. This is the only regular-season meeting this season between the two teams.

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