Feb. 19, 2014
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BC TAKES ON TOP TEAM IN THE NATION
Boston College heads to the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night for the first time since 2004 to take on #1/1 Syracuse at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
Syracuse won the first meeting back on January 13, 69-59, when it was ranked #2/2 in the country.
The Eagles led by as many as eight points early in the second half in that game. Boston College held a 51-46 lead, but Syracuse scored 14 unanswered points over the span of 4:04 in the second half to take a 60-51 lead with 6:05 left.
BC is coming off of a 73-69 loss to Notre Dame at home on Sunday night. It is 1-9 on the road this year.
Syracuse is one of two undefeated teams remaining along with #3/3 Wichita State. It most recently defeated NC State at home in the final seconds, 56-55.
BC LOSES TO NOTRE DAME
Junior Ryan Anderson recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds as Boston College lost to Notre Dame on Sunday night, 73-69.
It was his 19th career double-double and he is the active ACC leader in that category.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan scored a game-high 18 points while adding four rebounds and three assists. Classmate Joe Rahon registered 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.
The first half featured all six ties and six lead changes in the game. Notre Dame took a 38-35 lead into the locker room.
Boston College scored seven unanswered points early in the second to cut an eight-point deficit to 45-44.
The Irish responded with a 10-2 run to build a 55-46 lead.
BC cut the lead back down to four, 63-59, with 3:12 to go, but the Irish built its lead back up to 10 points with 36 seconds on the clock.
LAST TIME vs. SYRACUSE
Junior Lonnie Jackson scored a team-high 18 points and went 6-for-9 from beyond the arc as Boston College lost to #2/2 Syracuse on January 13, 69-59.
Junior Ryan Anderson recorded 14 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan had 13 points and six assists. Classmate Joe Rahon registered nine points, six rebounds and four assists.
The Orange scored 10 unanswered points over 2:26 to take a 32-23 lead with 2:28 left in the first half.
BC closed the half by scoring the last seven points to cut the lead to 32-30.
Syracuse led 35-30, then BC went on a 15-2 run to take a 45-37 lead with 15:52 left.
Boston College held a 51-46 lead, but Syracuse scored 14 unanswered points over the span of 4:04 to take a 60-51 lead with 6:05 left.
The Eagles only got as close as six the rest of the way.
According to the 2014 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings, Boston College features the 23rd-most efficient offense in the country and third best in the ACC behind #5/6 Duke and #1/1 Syracuse.
KenPom defines its adjusted offensive efficiency as an estimate of the offensive efficiency (points scored per 100 possessions) a team would have against the average D-I defense.
BC SCHEDULE RANKED 3rd TOUGHEST BY KENPOM
Boston College established one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country this season.
BC's opponents in November are a combined 106-73 this year and #21/21 Connecticut is ranked in both polls. UMass, Toledo and Connecticut each have at least 20 victories while Providence has 17.
The Eagles' opposition in the month of December is a combined 91-59 with VCU reaching 20 wins already.
All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 429-247 - a .635 winning percentage.
According to the 2014 Pomeroy College Basketball Ratings, Boston College has the third toughest schedule in the country.