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Three Points: A bottom-line game, praise of Donahue, a plea to the ACC

Three Points from N.C. State's 78-73 win at Boston College on Saturday:

1) All wins are not created equal ...

… but they all count the same in the conference standings.

Mark Gottfried made the point before Saturday's ACC opener, all 18 conference count the same, no matter how much more we (media/fans/players/coaches) want to put on the Duke or Carolina games.

N.C. State was not great, by any definition, on Saturday, but the Wolfpack was good enough to win. More importantly, it was a game it could have lost but did not.

Donahue wary of Leslie

It has been hard to miss, but Boston College coach Steve Donahue is as aware as anyone of C.J. Leslie's second-half surge for the Wolfpack. The 6-foot-8 forward averaged more than 17 points per game in N.C. State's final 10 games, and Donahue on Wednesday noted Leslie's improvement.

“I think he’s as talented as anybody in the league, for sure," Donahue said. "I think he’s made incredible strides, not only from last year but the middle of the season on, just so confident. With his size, he’s hard to guard, he can go off the dribble, he’s got a great feel for the game. Very difficult -- it’s a hard matchup for our guys, no doubt about it."

Instant analysis: BC's 20th win a tribute to Donahue

GREENSBORO -- It’s hard to call Steve Donahue a magician when he inherited two all-ACC players in Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani, but Boston College did win its 20th game Thursday with a starting lineup that includes a walk-on who was a women’s practice player a year ago.

What the former Cornell coach has done with Al Skinner’s players this season is nothing less than remarkable. The fifth-seeded Eagles beat Wake Forest by 16 on Sunday and were up that much at halftime Thursday on their way to a 81-67 win over the Demon Deacons.

BC looking for ACC-caliber home court

CHARLOTTE -- Joe Trapani isn’t going to argue. Ask him if he thinks Boston College has the weakest home-court advantage in the ACC, and the Eagles forward has no choice but to agree.

“It’s fair to say,” Trapani said. “It’s pretty obvious at times.”

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