Boston College Prepares for 1998 AT&T BIG EAST Championship
March 2, 1998
DON'T YOU FORGET: Boston College enters the 1998 AT&T BIG EAST Championship as the defending champion. The Eagles defeated Pittsburgh, Georgetown and Villanova to capture the 1997 tournament crown.
STREAKS: Boston College enters the tournament after winning its regular-season finale, a 72-69 home victory over 19th-ranked West Virginia. Prior to that win, BC had lost two consecutive games and five of its last six contests.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Duane Woodward scored a game-high 20 points and classmate Antonio Granger scored 16 points to lead Boston College to a 72-69 win over nationally-ranked West Virginia in the "Senior Night" contest at Conte Forum. Senior Mickey Curley (14 points, eight rebounds), junior Kostas Maglos (10 points, eight rebounds) and freshman Javier Rodriguez (10 points) also scored in double figures for the victors ... BC trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, before battling back and leading by as many as five points. WVU led, 36-35, at the intermission. The Mountaineers extended their lead to eight points -- 50-42 with 15:10 to play -- before the Eagles used an 11-0 run over the next 3:12 to take the lead for good. BC led by as many as seven points (68-61 with 4:43 to play), before WVU narrowed the margin to one point (70-69) on a Brent Solheim free throw with 52 seconds left (Solheim made 1-of-2). Woodward sank an 18-foot jumper with 23 seconds to play to close the scoring. WVU missed three three-point attempts in the final 14 seconds ... BC shot 55.1 percent from the field, including 60.9 percent in the final 20 minutes.
BOSTON COLLEGE'S PROBABLE STARTERS 1997-98 PPG, RPG LAST GAME (vs. WVU) F 21 Antonio Granger 17.7, 6.3 16 pts., 5 reb. F 23 Kostas Maglos 12.8, 6.9 10 pts., 8 reb. C 14 Mickey Curley 11.0, 6.6 14 pts., 8 reb. G 5 Dwayne Pina 1.5, 1.6 apg 0 pts, 3 reb., 2 asts. G 20 Duane Woodward 15.5, 5.0 apg 20 pts., 7 reb., 4 asts.
EAGLES VS. RANKED TEAMS: Boston College enters the BIG EAST Championship with a 2-3 mark against nationally-ranked teams. The Eagles defeated 21st-ranked Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis. on January 17, and upended 19th-ranked West Virginia, 72-69, on February 25. BC lost to top-ranked Arizona, 99-69, in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on November 24, 1997, dropped a 79-57 decision at #22 West Virginia on January 3, 1998, and lost to #8 Connecticut, 80-68, on January 11, 1998.
UNDER 70: Boston College has a 12-5 record when holding its opponent to fewer than 70 points. When its foe scores more than 70 points, the Eagles' record dips to 2-10.
THE HEAD COACH: Al Skinner assumed the head coaching duties at Boston College on April 17, 1997. Skinner, a 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, enjoyed nine successful years at the University of Rhode Island before coming to the Heights. In his tenure at URI, Skinner had a 138-126 record, leading the Rams to two NCAA Tournament (1992-93 and 1996-97) and two NIT (1991-92 and 1995-96) bids ... Including his tenure at Boston College, Skinner has a career record of 152-141.
1,000 x 2: Two of Boston College's senior captains have surpassed the 1,000 career-point mark. Duane Woodward became the 24th player in Boston College basketball history to reach the 1,000-point plateau in a 21-point effort against Connecticut on January 11. The senior entered the game with 988 points, and scored his 1,000th point on a jump shot with 7:55 to play in the second half. He is currently 18th on BC's career scoring list with 1,213 points. Antonio Granger became the second BC player this season and the 25th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point plateau with his 21 points against Providence College on January 20. Granger entered the game with 999 points, and topped the 1,000-point mark on a basket with 16:43 remaining in the first half. Granger ranks 16th with 1218 points.
CENTURY MARK: Each of the Eagles' three seniors -- Curley, Granger and Woodward -- have played in more than 100 collegiate games. Woodward has played in 115 games, Curley has played in 112 games, and Granger has played in 111 games.
SHOOTING: Boston College has shot at least 50.0 percent from the field in seven games this season, including two of the last four contests ... The Eagles made 55.1 percent of their shots in the regular-season finale -- a victory over West Virginia -- on February 25. BC shot 50.0 percent in the first half, and 60.9 percent in the final 20 minutes ... Three games earlier, BC shot 55.8 percent from the field against Rutgers (Feb. 14), its third-highest shooting percentage this season and its best shooting in more than one month (since shooting 59.1 percent vs. Connecticut on Jan. 11). BC shot 70.8 percent from the field in the second half, its best shooting half of the season ... Two other "good" shooting halves for the Eagles came against Georgetown. BC shot 65.2 percent (15-for-23) in the second half of its home game against Georgetown (Feb. 1), its second-best shooting half of the season, and 65.0 percent (13-for-20) in the first half of its game at Georgetown (Feb. 21) ... BC shot 60.8 percent from the field at Providence on Nov. 30, its best single-game field-goal percentage since shooting 61.2 percent against Long Island University on Dec. 29, 1994 and its best percentage in a BIG EAST contest since shooting 63.0 percent against Villanova on Jan. 4, 1994.
Three-pointers: Boston College made 6-of-12 three-point attempts against Rutgers (Feb. 14), marking the fourth time this season that the Eagles have shot 50.0 percent or better from long range.
Second Half of the Season: Granger has averaged 20.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in the Eagles' last 14 games. He has scored 20 or more points in eight of these games, and has recorded three double-doubles in this stretch ... Among his many highlights in this 14-game stretch are: a career-high 29 points at St. John's (Feb. 18); 24 points (7-for-13 FG, 3-for-5 treys) at Georgetown (Feb. 21); 23 points (tying his season high with five three-pointers) and 11 rebounds against Miami (Jan. 28); 22 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette (Jan. 17); and 21 points and 11 rebounds against Providence College (Jan. 20).
Rebounding Better: Granger ranks third on the team with a 6.3 rebound per game average. Through his first three years, Granger had a 3.3 rpg average, including a season-best 4.1 rpg average in 1996-97 ... Granger has grabbed eight or more rebounds in nine games this season.
Three-Point Leader: Granger ranks fifth on BC's career three-point field goal (made) list. He finished his career 14th on the BIG EAST's career three-point (made in conference games) list. Granger made 112 treys in 67 conference contests, one shy of former Eagle Malcolm Huckaby's mark of 113.
BC'S CAREER THREE-POINT FIELD GOAL LEADERS 1. Dana Barros '89 291 2. Malcolm Huckaby '94 199 3. Howard Eisley '94 197 4. Gerrod Abram '94 187 5. Antonio Granger '98 186 6. Marc Molinsky '95 143 GRANGER IN THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - CAREER STATS (7 Games) FGMA 3PM-A FTM-A REB-AVG. PF PTS-AVG. A TO B S MIN-AVG. 13-38 5-19 9-12 23-3.3 10 40-5.7 1 6 1 5 126-18.0
CURLEY IN THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - CAREER STATS (7 Games) FGMA 3PM-A FTM-A REB-AVG. PF PTS-AVG. A TO B S MIN-AVG. 21-42 0-0 6-6 27-3.9 17 43-6.1 5 5 2 3 124-17.7
Big Shots: Woodward scored the game-winning basket as time expired in BC's 64-63 win over Northwestern. He finished that game with 21 points and five rebounds ... In the Eagles' win over West Virginia on February 25, BC led 70-69 in the final minute when Woodward hit an 18-foot jumper with 23 seconds remaining to give the home team a three-point cushion.
Triple Double: Woodward registered a rare triple-double at Rutgers (Jan. 14), finishing with 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high 12 assists. With his triple-double at Rutgers, Woodward joined an exclusive group. Only four other players in league history had previously recorded double-digit totals in three statistical categories in a single game -- Lazarus Sims (Syracuse, vs. St. John's 2-26-96), Darelle Porter (Pittsburgh, vs. Providence 1-23-91), Harold Pressley (Villanova, vs. Providence 1-11-86) and Leo Rautins (Syracuse, vs. BC 2-19-83 and vs. Georgetown 1-10-83).
Assist List: Woodward in tied for fourth (with Michael Adams '85) on BC's career list assist. He has handed out 475 assists in 115 games. Howard Eisley '94 ranks third with 544.
WOODWARD IN THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - CAREER STATS (7 Games) FGMA 3PM-A FTM-A REB-AVG. PF PTS-AVG. A TO B S MIN-AVG. 17-49 6-23 22-32 35-5.0 16 59-8.4 23 22 3 7 220-31.4
League Leader: Maglos finished the regular season shooting 58.5 percent from the field. Through games of February 25, the junior was the conference's field-goal percentage leader.
MAGLOS IN THE BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - CAREER STATS (3 Games) FGMA 3PM-A FTM-A REB-AVG. PF PTS-AVG. A TO B S MIN-AVG. 6-14 0-0 2-5 16-5.3 7 14-4.7 1 2 2 3 49-16.3
JONATHAN BEERBOHM: The 6-foot-7-inch forward grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds at West Virginia (Jan. 3) ... He played a key role in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14), finishing with six points (3-for-4 FG) and four rebounds in 10 productive minutes ... He came off the bench to record nine points and four rebounds in 29 minutes at Providence (Nov. 30) ... He recorded a career-high 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes against Florida Atlantic (Nov. 19) ... He Sings, Too: In addition to his basketball skills, Beerbohm is a talented singer, having learned the art from his father who is a vocal music instructor.
KENNY HARLEY: The 6-foot-4-inch freshman guard has twice scored in double figures and once grabbed double-digit rebounds ... He recorded 10 points and six rebounds at West Virginia (Jan. 3) ... He played a key role in BC's one-point win over Northwestern, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists in 36 minutes ... He registered a career-high 13 points in the Eagles' win over Chaminade (Nov. 26) ... He grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in the team's win over Holy Cross ... He contributed six points (6-6 FT), seven rebounds, two assists and three steals against Syracuse.
Strong Background: Harley hails from All Hallows (N.Y.) High School, a school that has produced many present and former collegiate stars, including Georgetown sophomore forward Rhese Gibson (Georgetown), Olden Polynice (Virginia/Sacramento Kings), Shawnelle Scott (St. John's/Cleveland Cavaliers) and Daryll Walker (Seton Hall).
JAVIER RODRIGUEZ: The 6-foot-2-inch guard, who hails from Vitoria, Spain, has scored in double figures seven times this season, including two of the last four games ... He played a key role in the regular-season finale, tallying 10 points (3-for-6 FG, 3-for-5 treys) in BC's 72-69 win over West Virginia ... He scored 11 points (3-for-5 FG, 2-for-3 treys) in the Eagles' win over Rutgers (Feb. 14) ... He has earned two starting assignments - against Connecticut and at Rutgers (Jan. 14) ... In the Eagles' game at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8), Rodriguez finished with eight points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. The five rebounds matched his career high ... He scored a career-high 14 points (4-for-7 FG, 2-for-5 treys) against Villanova (Dec. 30) ... He netted 12 points against Fairfield, shooting 2-for-3 from three-point range and sinking 6-of-7 free-throw attempts ... He scored 11 points against Chaminade in the final game of the Maui Invitational.
BENCH PRODUCTION: While the Eagles' three recruited freshmen have made significant contributions this season, the Eagles' lack of depth is a source of concern for the coaching staff. BC's reserves have been outscored by the "other bench", 502-253 ... BC's reserves scored a single-game high 22 points at Rutgers (Jan. 14), and a season-low zero points twice - against Miami (Jan. 28) and at Georgetown (Feb. 21).
We Need 10: Boston College has a 9-2 record when getting double-digit point contributions from its reserves. In the 18 games in which the bench has scored fewer than 10 points, the Eagles have a 5-13 mark.
STARTING LINEUP W-L:
QUICK FACTS: BC has attempted 20 or more three-pointers in nine games this season, including a season-high 27 at Pittsburgh (Feb. 8) ... Boston College has made nine three-point field goals in four games this season (the most recent coming against Miami on Jan. 28) ... BC attempted a season-low 41 field goals against Fairfield and made a season-low 16 field goals against Providence (Jan. 20) ... In addition to Pina, the team's other walk-ons are: sophomore Jim Boland (Waite Hill, Ohio), and freshmen Julian Bah (Bronx, N.Y.) and Nicolas Dunn (Braintree, Mass.).
EAGLES VS. 1997 NCAA TOURNAMENT TEAMS: Boston College has a 4-7 mark against teams that earned berths in the 1997 NCAA Tournament. BC has lost to Arizona, Massachusetts, Providence, Villanova (twice), Georgetown and Connecticut. BC has defeated Providence, Fairfield, Marquette and Georgetown.
THE ASSISTANT COACHES: Skinner brought three of his Rhode Island assistants to the Heights with him and added one additional assistant coach. Bill Coen, Ed Cooley and former BC star guard Tim O'Shea ('84) joined the BC staff after working with Skinner in Kingston, R.I., while Pat Duquette came to BC from St. Michael's College.
EARLY SIGNEES: Two highly-touted recruits - forward Brian Ross (North Quincy, Mass./North Quincy HS) and swingman Clinton Sims (Paris, Ky./Maine Central Institute) - have signed national letters of intent to play basketball at Boston College, beginning with the 1998-99 season. Ross, who earned Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic honors in 1996-97, averaged 20.3 points and 12.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Sims played his high school ball at and graduated from Paris (Ky.) High School. He was selected to play in last winter's prestigious Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game. At Maine Central Institute, he's slated to be a starter for the talent-laden team. Sims is the younger brother of former University of Louisville star Alvin Sims.
ON RADIO: Boston College basketball games will be broadcast by American Radio Sports with games being heard on WNFT-AM (1150). Calling the action for the Eagles will be Ted Sarandis, the host of the popular "Ted Nation" talk show on SportsRadio WEEI (850). Sarandis enjoys the unique distinction of having served as the broadcaster for each of Boston's four Division I basketball schools - BC, BU, Harvard and Northeastern. He is in his third season as the team's play-by-play voice and his 19th calling college basketball action. Joining Sarandis is Bill Newell. A 1976 graduate of the University of Vermont, Newell is in his first season as color analyst for the Eagles' basketball team. Newell spent the past three seasons, and the beginning of the 1997-98 season, as the color analyst on Boston College hockey radio broadcasts. He also handles Harvard football radio duties.
Led team in rebounding:
30+-point Games: none
OUR RECORD WHEN...
BC shoots 50 percent or better: 6-1
BC leads at half: 8-4
BC commits fewer turnovers: 6-6
BC outrebounds opponent: 8-3
BC shoots 70 percent or better FT 4-6
Opponent scores less than 50 points 0-0
BC bench outscores opponent bench 3-3
Game is decided by 1-4 points 5-3
THE SERIES VS.
The Last Few Years: Boston College's series with the Hoyas has been even since the start of the 1991-92 season. BC has an 8-7 record against Georgetown in the last 15 encounters.
Close Calls: Eight of the teams' 12 BIG EAST meetings have been decided by six points or less. The Eagles have won five of those games.
RECORD: In the 18 years of The BIG EAST Tournament, Boston College has a 12-17 record.
IN CLOSE GAMES: Nine of BC's 29 BIG EAST Tournament games have been decided by three or fewer points. BC has a 3-6 record in those games. BC is 0-3 in games decided by one point, 3-2 in games decided by two points, and 0-1 in games decided by three points.
OVERTIME: BC has a 2-0 overtime record in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Eagles defeated Villanova, 74-70, in the 1993 opening round, and defeated Seton Hall, 89-87, in the 1996 opening round.
TOURNAMENT SUCCESS BY ROUND:
TOURNAMENT SUCCESS VS.
LAST WIN: Boston College 70, Villanova 58 (March 8, 1997)
LAST ALL-TOURNAMENT SELECTION(S): James "Scoonie" Penn (Most Outstanding Player), Danya Abrams, Duane Woodward (1997)
LAST QUARTERFINAL-ROUND APPEARANCE: 1997 (76-68 win over Pittsburgh)
LAST SEMIFINAL-ROUND APPEARANCE: 1997 (70-58 win over Georgetown)
CHAMPIONSHIP-GAME APPEARANCES: 1997 (70-58 win over Villanova) 1983 (85-77 loss to St. John's)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: 23 (BC 79, Seton Hall 56; 1983 Quarterfinal)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: 30 (Georgetown 82, BC 52; 1989 Quarterfinal)
SMALLEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: 2 (Twice)
SMALLEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: 1 (Three times)
MOST CONSECUTIVE WINS: 3 (1997 Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Championship Games)
MOST CONSECUTIVE LOSSES: 4 (1983 Championship - 1986 Quarterfinal Round)
AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: Since The BIG EAST Tournament moved to Madison Square Garden in 1983, Boston College is 11-14 in tournament games.