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Game Preview: Duke at Boston College

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After 24.9 inches of snow, the greater Boston area is back up and running, just in time for Duke's game at Boston College. Credit: Laura Keeley

Duke vs. Boston College
When:
6:00 p.m.
Where: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
TV/Radio: ESPNU/WKIX-102.9 FM
And? The toughest part of the Duke-Carolina hoopla? Preparing for the game before it.

Projected starting lineups:

No. 4 Duke (10-2, 7-2 in the ACC)

G Quinn Cook, So., 11.9 ppg, 6.1 apg
G Seth Curry, Sr., 16.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg
G Rasheed Sulaimon, Fr., 11.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
F Amile Jefferson, Fr., 4.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F Mason Plumlee, Sr., 18.2 ppg, 10.7 rpg

Boston College (10-12, 2-7)

G Joe Rahon, Fr., 10.3 ppg, 3.6 apg
G Olivier Hanlon, Fr., 13.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg
G Lonnie Jackson, So., 10.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg
F Ryan Anderson, So., 16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg
F Eddie Odio, So., 3.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg

Player to watch:

Mason Plumlee, Duke

Duke’s big man reminded everyone at Wake Forest why he was, after the nonconference season, the frontrunner for national player of the year. Plumlee dominated the young Demon Deacons frontcourt, pouring in a career-high 32 points on 12-of-15 shooting. An encore performance could be on tap up North. A pair of sophomores anchor the Eagles’ frontcourt, and neither one is taller than 6-foot-8.

Observations:

***Josh Hairston, who had surgery earlier in the week to combat a right arm infection, has shown improvement and will be a game-time decision. He did not play Thurs. against N.C. State.

***Duke’s 98 points against N.C. State was the highest total posted in conference play this season. Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry, the designed focal points of the offense, accounted for 56 points, or 57 percent of the total.

***One of Boston College’s two ACC wins actually came on the road. The Eagles went to Blacksburg, Va., Jan. 9 and beat Virginia Tech 86-75. Boston College’s other conference win came Feb. 2 at home, 75-68, against Clemson.

***The Eagles are the youngest team in the league. Boston college has two juniors and one fifth-year senior on the roster, but that trio only has two combined starts.
Nearly all of the production comes from the underclassman, including 95 percent of the scoring, 93 percent of the rebounds and 97 percent of the assists on the year. Freshmen and sophomores have played 4,112 of the 4,425 minutes this year - 93 percent.

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Laura Keeley is the Duke beat writer for the News & Observer. Follow her on Twitter @laurakeeley
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