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Men's Basketball Loses to Duke in First Round of ACC Postseason Tournament

Boston College men’s basketball finished its season in a style characteristic of its play all season. The Eagles lost 86-51 to a Duke team that has underperformed all year long.

The Tuesday afternoon 35-point blowout win for the 10-seed Blue Devils tied their second-largest ACC tournament margin of victory in school history. 

While no Duke players lit up the scoreboard, the entire team performed well offensively. Duke finished with 11 players scoring a basket, with seven players scoring eight points or more. This contrasts with BC, whose leading scorer, Makai Ashton-Langford, scored nine points on 40% shooting from the field. 

The game was never particularly close. The Eagles did not hold a lead in the game, and trailed by double digits for the final 30 minutes. 

Despite the empty arena in Greensboro being hailed by some as a shooter’s gym, the Eagles’ primary struggle was their inability to shoot the ball. They drained only one of 15 attempts from behind the arc. Their other shooting splits were not much better, shooting under 40% from the field and hitting only two-thirds of their free throw attempts. 

Turnovers were also an issue for Boston College. The Eagles turned the ball over 20 times over the course of the game, giving Duke a slew of easy scoring opportunities. 

Rebounding was one somewhat bright spot for the Eagles. While they did not dominate on the boards, they were at least able to keep the rebounding battle close. On the other hand, Duke did a great job of capitalizing on its second-chance opportunities, scoring over twice as many second-chance points as BC.

Following their elimination from the ACC tournament, it is safe to assume that the men’s basketball season is over. 

The Eagles finished the season at an abysmal 4-16, with an even worse 2-11 record in conference play.

BC’s biggest success this season was its decision to depart from head coach Jim Christian, who led the Eagles to a winning record only once in seven seasons. Wynston Tabbs has already entered the transfer portal, with more players likely to follow. With Steffon Mitchell also graduating, next year could be a struggle for BC.

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