If you’re the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, losing on the road is nothing new. If you’re the Boston College Eagles, it’s about time you finally won a close game at home, even if the opposition is sub-par.
On Wednesday evening at a sparsely-filled Conte Forum, the Eagles defeated Wake Forest, 66-63. With the win, BC improves to 11-13 (3-8) on the season and has split their season series with the Demon Deacons. The victory also snaps a three-game losing streak to Wake.
The statistical particulars of this game are of little consequence. A cursory analysis of this game would reveal the following:
• Neither Boston College nor Wake Forest played well
• BC’s defense was generally below average
• The game was highly uninteresting until the final two minutes, despite being close
Against Duke on Sunday, BC played a good game and would have deserved to win, but they lost. Tonight, the Eagles did not play a particularly strong game, but they won. In a way, it all evened out.
Boston College has much to fix, whether it comes down to defense on cutting down on the careless mistakes that have cost them dearly. In spite of the win, which at this point BC will take no matter how it comes, this was a highly inconsistent effort and a better team might have made tonight thoroughly unpleasant. One could surmise that the Eagles are playing up or down to the level of their competition, which in some cases has appeared to be quite true this season.
None of us know how many more games BC basketball will win this season given their wild inconsistency, so if you were having any misgivings about the victory, then I suggest you put them aside and just take it. Wake Forest is not a good team and this won’t impact BC beyond the ACC Tournament (because their calendars will be very free), but appreciate the win and move forward.
Boston College hoops returns to the court on Saturday afternoon at Florida State.