Previewing Boston College
This story originally published on PackPride.com


Posted Feb 27, 2013


Ryan Anderson and Boston College enter tonight's game looking to upset the Wolfpack. Here is a preview of the Eagles.

  • ROSTER
  • SCHEDULE
  • STATS

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G #21 Olivier Hanlan (FR, 6-4/188) 14.4 ppg, 2.4 apg
    G #25 Joe Rahon (FR, 6-2/195) 9.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg
    G #33 Patrick Heckman (SO, 6-5/205) 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg
    F #12 Ryan Anderson (SO, 6-8/220) 15.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg
    C #24 Dennis Clifford (SO, 7-0/250) 3.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg

    STAR WATCH
    Ryan Anderson -- Boston College's top player, Anderson is having a breakout sophomore season for the Eagles. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding, and Anderson is a threat to post a double-double every time out.

    He finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the first matchup between the two teams.


    Boston College Notables

    BC FACES NC STATE IN RALEIGH
    • Boston College returns to The Triangle to take on NC State on Wednesday night at PNC Arena.

    • The game will be aired on the ACC Network (myTV38 in Massachusetts) and WEEI Radio (850 AM).

    • BC is 3-4 in the month of February and is coming off of an 89-68 loss at #6/6 Duke on Sunday afternoon.

    • NC State has won three of its last four but lost its last outing at North Carolina on Saturday, 76-65.

    • The Wolfpack won the first meeting against BC in Conte Forum in the ACC opener, 78- 73. It is also 14-1 at home with the only loss being a 79-78 decision against Miami.

    THE SERIES WITH NC STATE
    • Boston College is 8-7 all-time against NC State and has lost the last four meetings.

    • The Eagles are 5-7 against the Wolfpack since joining the ACC in 2005-06.

    • NC State won both games in the regular season last year: 76-62 at home and 56-51 in Chestnut Hill.

    • The two sides also met in the first round of the ACC Championship in Atlanta. The Wolfpack took that game as well, 78-57.

    • NC State won the first matchup of the season in Conte Forum on January 5, 78-73.

    THE FIRST MEETING
    • Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded game highs with 22 points and 13 rebounds, but Boston College lost to #23/25 NC State, 78-73, on January 5 in front of 6,248 fans in Conte Forum.

    • Boston College held a lead as large as six in the second half and pulled within one point of the Wolfpack on four occasions inside of the last four minutes, but could not reclaim the lead.

    • Freshman Joe Rahon scored 18 points, sophomore Lonnie Jackson netted 11 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan had 10 for the Eagles.

    • Boston College went on the first run of the game when it was trailing 14-12. The Eagles scored eight consecutive points as part of a 10-1 run to earn a 22-15 lead with 8:56 left in the first half. Hanlan scored five points during that stretch to give BC its largest lead of the game, and sophomore Eddie Odio scored BC’s last field goal of the half - at the 8:56 mark - to cap the streak.

    • The Wolfpack clamped down on defense and went on a 12-2 spurt to regain the lead, 27-24, with 2:13 remaining in the half. NC State led at the break, 29-28.

    • After the two teams traded runs to open the second half, BC went on a 10-4 run to claim a 49-43 lead with 11:56 remaining. Jackson scored five points during that span.

    • The Eagles could never pull away and with the game tied, 64-64, NC State’s Scott Wood scored his first points of the game on a 3-pointer with just under four minutes remaining. BC pulled within one point on four different occasions down the stretch but could not tie or regain the lead. On the last such occasion, Heckmann made two of three free throws with 18.9 seconds left to cut NC State’s lead to 74-73.

    • Rodney Purvis led NC State with 19 points and Richard Howell grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Wood scored 12 of the Wolfpack’s last 14 points.

    ROAD WINS
    • Boston College was winless on the road all of last season, finishing 0-9 in true road games. It has two road wins in nine games this year.

    • The Eagles snapped the winless streak away from home with a 73-61 win at Penn State on November 28. It was their first regular season win on the road since March 1, 2011 at Virginia Tech - a span of 10 games.

    • This core group of Eagles also won their first ACC road game at Virginia Tech on January 9. It was the first conference win on the road since March 1, 2011 - also in Blacksburg.

    HANLAN IS TOP ACC FRESHMAN SCORER
    • Hanlan has been one of the best freshmen in the ACC all season long, and he has seemingly gotten better in conference play.

    • The Aylmer, Quebec product ranks sixth in the league in scoring (15.7) since conference play began. No other freshman ranks in the top 10.

    • He is also sixth in steals (1.4), ninth in free throw percentage (.736) and 10th in field goal percentage (.446).

    • For the season, Hanlan leads all freshmen and is ninth overall in scoring (14.4).

    • He has 22 double-digit scoring games which leads ACC freshmen.

    • Hanlan is the only freshman guard in the conference with a double-double. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds vs. Providence.

    • He is the only player in the conference to be named ACC Rookie of the Week three times.

    AND AMONG OTHER LEADERS
    • Hanlan is the only ACC freshman that ranks in the top five in points, rebounds and assists among the rookie class.

    • Hanlan is fifth in the league in rebounding (4.1) and fourth in assists (2.4).

    • Only two other freshman appear on two of the lists. Teammate Joe Rahon is one of them as he is fifth in points (9.9) and second in assists (3.6).

    • The other player is Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt (10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg).

    • Freshman Olivier Hanlan is the only active player in the ACC to hail from Canada.

    • He is already third on the career scoring chart for Canadians in the conference.

    • The Aylmer, Quebec (about 10 miles west of Ottawa) product is the 10th player in ACC history from The True North.

    ODIO STEPS UP
    • Sophomore Eddie Odio has stepped up his game over the last eight contests.

    • He has been productive all around the floor as he is averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.3 steals in those eight games.

    • He leads the team in blocks (15) and is second in steals (10) during that span.

    • Odio had a career game against Maryland on February 19. He set career highs in minutes (31), rebounds (11) and blocks (6).

    • The six blocks were the second most in the conference this year.

    • He was 4-for-4 from the field and connected on a triple to score a career-high nine points at Florida State. He also had four rebounds and two assists in that game.

    • Odio had two spectacular dunks (his only two FG attempts) against #4/4 Duke on February 10 to go along with five rebounds and three steals.

    • The Miami, Fla., product had six rebounds and four blocks against North Carolina on January 29.

    • Odio was all over the place in the first half against Clemson on February 2 as he had seven points, five rebounds and three steals in the first 20 minutes.

    AND DUNKS A LOT
    • Odio has quickly become a fan favorite at Conte Forum not only because of the above numbers, but because his dunks are quick and explosive.

    • He has 14 jams this year, but has 11 in the last eight games alone.

    • He had two apiece in the games against North Carolina, Clemson, #4/4 Duke and Maryland.

    • Odio’s two slams against the Blue Devils landed him on SportsCenter’s weekend top 10. He finished a dunk while being fouled by Mason Plumlee, then electrified the crowd with an acrobatic dunk on an inbounds play.

    A FIRST FOR THIS GROUP
    • Boston College was 0-20 last year when it trailed with one minute to play.

    • It was 0-11 this season until it beat Wake Forest on February 13, 66-63.

    • BC scored the game’s final 10 points in the last two minutes to overcome a 63-56 deficit. It trailed 63-60 with a minute remaining.

    • The situation nearly mirrored the one against #4/4 Duke in the previous game. The Eagles were down a point with the last possession in both games.

    • In both instances, head coach Steve Donahue called a timeout with 18 seconds left.

    • Freshman Olivier Hanlan drove the ball into the lane and got an open jumper against Duke, but the shot missed to the left and the scramble for the rebound drained the rest of the clock.

    • Freshman Joe Rahon controlled the point against Wake Forest. He drove down the lane and drew a foul for two shots, which he hit, to take the win.

    1-POINT LOSSES TO ACC 1-2
    • Boston College nearly knocked off the top two teams in the league at Conte Forum but came up one point short both times.

    • An unranked Miami team came to Chestnut Hill on January 16 and the Hurricanes escaped with a 60-59 win.

    • The Eagles had a chance to tie the game at the end of regulation as freshman Olivier Hanlan went to the free throw line for three shots with half a second remaining. He connected on the first two before hitting the front rim on the final attempt.

    • Miami is currently 13-1 in the league and reached #2/2 in the national polls, the highest in program history.

    • BC came up a bucket short against #4/4 Duke on February 10, losing 62-61.

    • On the game’s final possession, Hanlan drove into the lane from left to right. His jump shot from just inside the right elbow missed the rim and the Eagles could not corral the rebound for a final shot.

    • The Eagles were leading Duke, 61-56, with two minutes remaining.

    • BC’s four ACC home losses have come by an average of 4.7 points.

    CLOSE CALLS
    • Boston College has played 16 games decided by 10 points or fewer and is 7-9 in those contests.

    • The Eagles are also 4-6 in games decided by 1-4 points.

    • BC’s first four ACC losses were all decided by five points or less.

    • BC has played more games decided by five points or overtime than any other team in the conference. It is 4-8 in 12 games.

    • Three teams have played in 10 such games.


    Boston College athletics contributed to this report.



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