Nov. 16, 2013
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's basketball team hosts Florida Atlantic on Sunday at 8 p.m. inside Conte Forum in a game televised by ESPNU.
BC-FLORIDA ATLANTIC MEET IN 2K CLASSIC
It will be the third meeting between the two programs. BC is 2-0 against the Owls with both of those games also being played in Conte.
Boston College is 0-3 for the first time since 1963 - Bob Cousy's first year as head coach.
The Eagles have led at halftime in each game this year.
Florida Atlantic opened the season with a win over Ave Maria but has lost its last two against St. Francis (NY) and Duke.
EAGLES FALL TO TOLEDO AT HOME
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan led five Boston College scorers in double figures with 18 points, but the Eagles lost to Toledo, 95-92, on Thursday night.
Hanlan was 8-for-9 from the foul line and dished out a career-high six assists. Junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Joe Rahon both scored 15 points. They had six and five rebounds, respectively. Freshman Garland Owens was 5-for-7 from the floor and had 12 points while junior Patrick Heckmann had 10.
The pace was fast from the opening whistle and the teams traded buckets for the first 11 minutes. Boston College had a 29-26 lead at the 8:33 mark and then the Eagles went on a 10-2 run over the next 2:25 to open up an 11-point lead.
BC took a 48-40 lead into the half.
Toledo had a 92-89 lead but Heckmann drew a foul attempting a 3-pointer with eight seconds left. He hit the first two but missed the last one to cut the lead to one. Anderson had a pair of foul shots with BC down, 94-91, with two seconds left. He hit the first one and then missed purposely on the second, but Toledo got the rebound to seal the win.
ABOUT THE 2K CLASSIC
The 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project is the nation's premier season-opening college basketball tournament and returns to Madison Square Garden for the 16th consecutive year.
Regional Round action takes place from November 12-17 with the four hosts then advancing to the Championship Rounds, November 21-22, at New York's Madison Square Garden.
The remainder of the field will participate in Subregionals held in Irvine, Calif., and Detroit, Mich., November 22-24.
ABOUT WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
The 2013 2K Sports Classic marks the second year that Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is the beneficiary of the event.
The mission of WWP is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP raises awareness and enlists the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
For more information about Wounded Warrior Project, log onto www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
TWO WOUNDED WARRIORS JOIN EAGLES FOR 2K CLASSIC
Master Sergeant William Ramos and Sergeant Ryan Casavant will serve as honorary captains for Boston College during its four games in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounder Warrior Project. They will travel with the team down to New York City for the two games at Madison Square Garden.
Ramos served in the Marine Corps for many years and is currently in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as well as an officer at a state prison. Ramos has been deployed during the Gulf War (1990-91) and in Iraq (2004-05). Ramos held various positions throughout his military career including Senior Drill Instructor, Military Ordnance and Military Police Operations. He currently commands the 26th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (Homeland Response Force) and volunteered to assist at the Boston Marathon as he typically does for many local events. After the tragic events of that morning, he was reactivated for duty throughout the week.
Casavant served for several years as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps and did two combat tours in Afghanistan (2004) and Iraq (2005). Casavant recently finished his undergrad in psychology and sociology and is currently in grad school for Vocational Rehab counseling focusing on veterans. His goal is to continue to serve his country by providing service to those returning home with PTSD. Casavant is active in WWP programs and has attended several BC football games.
ANDERSON'S STRONG START
Junior Ryan Anderson is off to a good start to the season by averaging 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.
He had 21 points and six rebounds at Providence and then recorded 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three blocks against Massachusetts.
It was the second-straight season he started out with consecutive 20-point games. He has reached the 20-point plateau five times in his career. He had three such games last season.
The Lakewood, CA product had 15 points and five rebounds against Toledo.
Entering this weekend, Anderson ranked ninth in the ACC in scoring.
He is also second in the ACC in career double-doubles with 15. Senior Travis McKie of Wake Forest has 16.
HANLAN AFTER HALFTIME
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan has averaged 16.3 points after the first half in the first three games of the season.
Twenty of his 49 second-half points have come at the foul line where he is shooting 20-for-25 after halftime.
In the first half at Providence, he had four points. He finished with a team-high 23.
In the first half vs. Massachusetts, he had two points. He finished with 19.
The Aylmer, Quebec native scored 13 points in the second half against Toledo and finished with 18.
Entering this weekend, Hanlan ranked seventh in the ACC in scoring.
HECKMANN & ODIO FROM THE FIELD
Junior Patrick Heckmann and freshman Garland Owens have provided quality minutes off the bench this year.
The two have combined to go 15-for-23 from the field (.652) and 5-for-8 (.625) from beyond the arc. They are combining to average 15.4 points a game.
Heckmann is fourth on the team with 8.7 points per game. He is 7-for-11 from the floor (.636) and 2-for-3 from 3-point land (.667). He is also 10-for-11 from the foul line (.909).
Heckmann has reached double figures in the last two games.
Owens averages 6.7 points per outing and is 8-for-12 (.667) from the field and 3-for-5 (.600) from long range.
He scored 12 points against Toledo on Thursday.
THE NEW GUYS
All four healthy newcomers have spent time on the court already this year (freshman Darryl Hicks is out for the season recovering from a torn ACL).
Junior Alex Dragicevich, a transfer from Notre Dame, has started the first three games. He is averaging 6.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He had eight points and seven rebounds against Massachusetts.
Freshman Garland Owens has appeared in every game games and is averaging 19.7 minutes a contest. He is 8-for-12 from the floor, averaging 6.7 points and 2.0 rebounds. He scored 12 points against Toledo.
Freshman Will Magarity has also played in all three games, averaging 7.7 minutes.
Freshman Sam Donahue made his collegiate debut at Providence.
EAGLES FROM THE LINE
Boston College is shooting 81 percent from the free throw line this year - 70-for-86.
The Eagles were 20-for-24 at Providence, 17-for-22 vs. UMass and 33-for-40 against Toledo.
Entering the weekend, BC led the ACC in free throw percentage. They have hit the most free throws in the conference and have also been to the line the most times.
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan is one of three active players in the ACC to hail from Canada (Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis).
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.
Hanlan also ranked sixth among Canadians nationally in scoring last year. Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk led the way with 17.6 points per game.
ANDERSON GOING FOR 1,000
Junior Ryan Anderson is 118 points away from becoming the 40th player in Boston College history reach the 1,000-point plateau.
He has a total of 882 points (13.4 per game) in his career and scored 477 last year.
2012-13 ALL-ACC PERFORMERS
Junior Ryan Anderson earned All-ACC Third Team honors and sophomore Olivier Hanlan was the only unanimous choice on the All-ACC Freshman Team last season and was the ACC Freshman of the Year.
Anderson ranked fourth in the ACC in rebounding (8.0) and eighth in scoring (14.9). He had eight double-doubles last year which ranked sixth in the conference. His nine 20-point games ranked third in the league and his nine 10-rebound games ranked fifth. He was also second in the ACC with three "20 and 10" games.
Hanlan was the only freshman named on all 77 ballots for the All-Freshman Team. He also received honorable mention recognition on All-ACC voting. Hanlan was the only freshman to rank in the top six in points (15.4), rebounds (4.2) and assists (2.3) among the rookie class. He ranked sixth in the ACC in conference scoring (15.7) and was eighth overall (14.6).
BC is the only team in the ACC that had a unanimous choice on the All-Freshman Team in each of the last two seasons. Anderson accomplished the same feat in 2011-12.
THE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Sophomore Olivier Hanlan earned the ACC Freshman of the Year award from both the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA) and the ACC coaches last season.
Hanlan earned 43 of the 77 votes cast by ACSMA members. Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon finished second with 15 votes and NC State's T.J. Warren had 12. He received 10 of a possible 11 votes from the coaches.
Hanlan was the first conference rookie of the year winner for Boston College since Troy Bell won Big East Rookie of the Year honors in 1999-2000. Hanlan was the fifth winner from BC to earn a conference rookie of the year award.
"It is a great honor for him and well deserved, mostly because he is someone who is putting a great amount of work in to improve both on and off the basketball court," head coach Steve Donahue said. "It is also a credit to his teammates for trusting him with the ball quite a bit. Their unselfishness has made him better as well."
FROM LEAST TO MOST
In the matter of a year, BC went from one of the least experienced teams in the country to one of the most.
Last season, 95 percent of the scoring came from either freshmen or sophomores. In addition, 94 percent of the rebounds and 97 percent of the assists came from underclassmen.
Freshmen and sophomores played 6,190 of the 6,625 minutes last year - 93 percent. The underclassmen also accounted for all but three starts.
2013-14 is a different story. All of those numbers return and make the Eagles the most experienced team in the ACC.
The Eagles are the only team in the ACC to return seven players with 20 or more career starts. They returned a league-high 278 career starts.
There were only three schools in the country to have a player at both the Big Man Skills Academy and the Point Guard Skills Academy this past summer: BC, California and Oregon.
Junior Ryan Anderson particpated in the Nike Big Man Skills Academy while sophomore Olivier Hanlan took part in the Nike Point Guard Skills Academy.
In addition, Hanlan was invited to the camps run by Chris Paul and Lebron James.
RAHON'S FIRST YEAR
Olivier Hanlan received a lot of the accolades, but Joe Rahon was just as important to the team's success down the stretch.
Rahon ranked seventh in the ACC in assists (3.7) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8) while playing a team-high 35.6 minutes a game which ranked third in the conference. He ranked second among conference freshmen in the first two categories.
He was third on the team with 10.1 points per game which ranked sixth among ACC freshmen.
Rahon was one of five rookies in the ACC to rank in the top six in two categories (of points, rebounds, asssists) among his classmates. He ranked fifth in points and second in assists.
This year, he is averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
THE ENERGY OF ODIO
Junior Eddie Odio averaged 4.3 points and 3.4 rebounds last season, but his defensive presence and ability to spark the team was his biggest impact.
Tim Brando nicknamed him "The Human Pogo" for his quick and electric jumping ability.
Odio, who averaged 19.1 minutes a game last year, put down 20 dunks - 17 in the last 14 games alone.
In addition, his dunks are huge and ignite the arena. His two slams against Duke landed him on SportsCenter's weekend top 10.
The Miami, Fla., product can stand in the paint with anyone. He had games of four and six blocks. Those six stuffs against Maryland were the second-most in a game in the ACC last season.
Junior Lonnie Jackson was fourth on team last year with 8.7 points per game, but could take over at any point.
He averaged a team-high 16.8 points from December 31 to January 16 - a span of five games.
Jackson scored 22 points at Virginia Tech and then followed that up with a season-high 23 at Wake Forest.
The Valencia, Calif., product led the team in 3-pointers (65) and free throw percentage (.831). He ranked sixth in the ACC in 3-pointers (2.0).
During conference games, Jackson ranked fourth in the ACC in 3-point percentage (.432) and seventh in 3-pointers made (2.1).
He has missed the first three games of the season with a hamstring injury, but did dress against Toledo on Thursday.
Junior Patrick Heckmann made 23 starts for the Eagles last year and averaged 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
He averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in league games, and reached double-digit scoring 12 times.
The Mainz, Germany product spent the summer training with the German national team.
Heckmann is averaging 8.7 points a game and scored in double figures the last two games.
Junior Dennis Clifford was hobbled by a knee injury all of last season which meant a decline in his time on the court.
He appeared in 30 games and made 14 starts but averaged just 14.6 minutes per game. He averaged 2.8 points and 3.2 rebounds.
RUBIN LEADS USA TO GOLD IN 19TH MACCABIAH
Senior Danny Rubin scored 25 points to lead the United States past Argentina, 87-76, in the gold medal match of the 19th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem on July 29, 2013.
The United States team went 4-1 in pool play with its only loss coming in the opener against Argentina. Rubin broke out when he scored a game-high 22 points against Russia in the fourth game of Group A. He then scored 21 in the finale versus Guinea-Bissau.
The Americans drew Israel in the semifinals and came away with a 77-73 victory. Rubin scored 11 points in that game. A rematch against Argentina decided the gold medal, and the United States avenged its only loss with an 87-76 triumph. Rubin led the U.S. with 25 points.
The Chevy Chase, Md., product averaged 15.3 points per game during the tournament.
EAGLES PICKED EIGHTH IN ACC PRESEASON POLL
Boston College was voted eighth in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. The Eagles received 457 votes.
Duke (805 points) was selected to win the regular season conference title and earned 50 first-place votes. Syracuse (753) came in second with three first-place votes and North Carolina (668) rounded out the top three and earned the final first-place vote.
Virginia (612), Notre Dame (608), Pittsburgh (477) and Maryland (473) were voted fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh, respectively, before the Eagles.
The rest of the preseason ballot in order was: Florida State (334), NC State (332), Georgia Tech (311), Miami (224), Wake Forest (220), Clemson (141) and Virginia Tech (65).
Head Coach Steve Donahue will test his team throughout the season this year with the schedule he established.
The Eagles will host just four non-conference games, the fewest since the 1996-97 season.
BC will play nine non-conference contests on the road or at neutral sites, including the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden where it will face Connecticut and then either Indiana or Washington.
Boston College will also play neutral site games at TD Garden vs. UMass and at Barclays Center against VCU.
Other non-conference away games include Purdue, USC, Auburn and Harvard.
Seven of BC's opponents were ranked in the USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll; eight if you include Indiana which it could face in the final of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Wounder Warrior Project.
The 1996-97 team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
ANDERSON, RAHON AND RUBIN ARE 2013-14 CAPTAINS
Senior Danny Rubin, junior Ryan Anderson and sophomore Joe Rahon will serve as the captains of the 2013-14 men's basketball team.
Rubin is the most tenured player on the team. He has appeared in 75 games and made 24 starts. He is the only senior on this year's squad.
Anderson was an All-ACC Third Team performer last season after averaging 14.9 points and 8.0 rebounds a game. He ranked fourth in the conference in rebounding and free throw attempts, eighth in scoring, and ninth in field goal percentage. The Lakewood, Calif., resident also ranked sixth in the ACC with eight double-doubles. He led the Eagles in rebounding and was second in scoring.
Rahon was one of two players to start all 33 games last year. He averaged 10.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. He led the Eagles in minutes (35.6) and assists, was second in steals (33), third in points and fourth in rebounds. Rahon ranked third in the ACC in minutes, seventh in assists and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.8). The San Diego, Calif., product ranked second among all ACC freshmen in assists and fifth in points.
It marks the second time in program history that two players from California will serve as captains. Jared Dudley (San Diego) and Sean Marshall (Rialto) were the captains of the 2006-07 team.
EAGLES IN THE NBA
There are currently two former Eagles playing professionally in the NBA.
Jared Dudley was the 22nd overall pick of the 2007 draft, taken by the Charlotte Bobcats. He played for the Phoenix Suns from 2008-13 before he was traded to the LA Clippers prior to the 2013-14 season.
Reggie Jackson was drafted 24th overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2011.
Other former Eagles playing professionally around the world include Troy Bell (Italy), Louis Hinnant (Hungary), Sean Marshall (Turkey), Corey Raji (Luxembourg), Tyrese Rice (Isreal), Craig Smith (Israel), Joe Trapani (Belgium) and Andrew Van Nest (Austria).
DONAHUE RECOGNIZED BY AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
Head Coach Steve Donahue was presented with the 2013 American Cancer Society Sandra C. Labaree New England Volunteer Values Award during the first half of Boston College's football season opener against Villanova.
The American Cancer Society annually recognizes 45 Society volunteers from New England whose actions and service in the fight against cancer most exemplify the organization's values.
"I think it's my responsibility with the position I'm in to try and do as much as I can for Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society because I think I can make an impact," Donahue said. "If that helps others get involved - which I think it has a tendency to do - then I really feel a deep responsibility to do that. I worked for Fran Dunphy at Penn. I saw how much he was involved, the impact he had and the impact we can make as head coaches against this deadly disease. It's just the right thing to do."
Donahue has spearheaded the annual Boston College Coaches vs. Cancer 5K Classic and the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Breakfast. The 5K has raised more than $16,000 to date with the third annual race being held on September 14.
EAGLES PARTNER WITH THE3POINTFOUNDATION
The Boston College men's basketball team has partnered with The3PointFoundation, a non-profit that teaches and mentors urban boys to prepare them for success in academics and life.
The Eagles will serve as a program partner for The3PointFoundation's Assistant Coach Program. BC will auction off the opportunity to be an assistant coach for the day for the games against Massachusetts (November 10) and Duke (February 8). The winner of the auction will receive two tickets, get to sit near the team during the game and meet the staff and players.
The3PointFoundation is a non-profit that teaches and mentors urban boys starting at age nine to prepare them for success in academics and life. We concentrate on reading, writing, mathematics and science. We work with underserved youth who have demonstrated commitment, discipline and enthusiasm by playing in organized city basketball programs. The key to our success is implementing an outstanding program that emphasizes character development, academic achievement and basketball improvement. We are focused on educational and athletic programs that continue to help us open pathways for our student athletes to become college graduates and contributing citizens.
EAGLE GRADUATION SUCCESS RATE FIFTH IN THE COUNTRY
Boston College ranks fifth in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools, according to data released by the NCAA on October 24. BC's GSR score of 96 was topped only by Notre Dame (99), Duke (98), Stanford (97) and Northwestern (97).
Only nine other schools received an overall GSR of over 90: Wake Forest (94), Rice (94), Miami, Fla. (92), Vanderbilt (91), Air Force (90), Army (90), Illinois (90), Navy (90), Virginia Tech (90).
In addition, the football team's score of 94 was best in the Atlantic Coast Conference and tied for third in the nation. Only eight FBS institutions received a football GSR of 90 or better. Those schools are Northwestern (97), Rice (96), Boston College (94), Notre Dame (94), Stanford (93), Air Force (93), Duke (92) and Boise State (91).
Fourteen BC sports teams received a perfect GSR score of 100. Those teams included men's fencing, men's golf, men's skiing, men's swimming, women's basketball, women's rowing, women's field hockey, women's ice hockey, softball, women's skiing, women's soccer, women's swimming, women's tennis and women's volleyball.
The NCAA developed the Graduation Success Rate as part of its academic reform initiative to more accurately assess the academic success of student-athletes. The rate holds institutions accountable for transfer students unlike the federal graduation rate. The GSR also accounts for midyear enrollees and is calculated for every sport.