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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.

OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY
• 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.

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