Dec. 7, 2013
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BC FACES USC SUNDAY
Boston College takes on Southern California on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET at the Galen Center. The game will be televised by the Pac 12 Network.
This will be the third meeting between the two programs but the first in the regular season. USC has won both contests in the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2009.
BC is coming off of an 88-67 loss at Purdue in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.
USC last played Xavier on November 30 in the Battle 4 Atlantis and won, 84-78. The Trojans are 4-0 at home in the Galen Center.
THE SERIES WITH USC
Boston College and USC have only met twice and both times came in the NCAA Tournament.
In 2001, the Trojans beat BC in the second round of the tournament, 74-71, at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
In 2009, USC won in the first round of the tourney, 72-55, in the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
BC FALLS AT PURDUE
Junior Ryan Anderson scored 16 points as the Boston College men's basketball team lost at Purdue on Wednesday night, 88-67, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Mackey Arena.
Anderson also brought in six rebounds. Sophomore Olivier Hanlan had 15 points to go along with eight boards. Junior Alex Dragicevich scored 13 points while classmate Eddie Odio had his most complete game of the season with seven points, six rebounds and three blocks.
The two teams were tied midway through the first half, 20-20, before Purdue went on a 21-5 run over the next six minutes to take a 41-25 lead with 4:31 to go. Kendall Stephens had the first eight points of the run.
The Boilermakers took a 49-34 lead into the half and maintained that lead the rest of the way. The closest BC got was 13 points which it did twice.
Terone Johnson led all scorers with 18 for Purdue. Ronnie Johnson had 15 points and six assists, and Jay Simpson tallied eight points and eight rebounds.
Three of Boston College's five losses have come by a combined nine points. The other two include an 86-73 setback to Massachusetts and an 88-67 loss at Purdue.
The teams that BC has lost to are a combined 37-4 (.902). #12/14 Connecticut, #21/22 Massachusetts and Toledo are all undefeated so far.
The record of all eight of BC's opponents so far is a combined 45-19 (.703). All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 160-59 - a .731 winning percentage.
Scoring is up around the country this season and Boston College has averaged 78.2 points per game this year.
Through eight games last season, the Eagles averaged 67.0 points - a 11.2 point improvement.
BC shot 45 percent (182-408) from the field, 33 percent (54-166) from 3-point land and 72 percent (118-164) from the free throw line in 2012-13.
This year, BC is shooting 46 percent (197-425), 33 percent (60-180) from beyond the arc and 82 percent (172-209) from the foul line.
Twenty-seven percent of BC's points have come at the foul line.
EAGLES LEAD NATION IN FT PERCENTAGE
Entering this week, Boston College led the country in free throw percentage at 84.3 percent.
The Eagles ranked 40th in free throws made and 114th in free throw attempts.
BC has hit more free throws through eight games than it had attempts in the first eight games of last season.
Junior Patrick Heckmann would lead the ACC in free throw percentage if he met the minimum number of attempts. He is 16-for-17 (.941) from the line which leads the team.
Sophomore Joe Rahon would rank third in the league (.905), going 19-for-21 from the foul line.
Junior Ryan Anderson is 56-for-67 (.836) and sophomore Olivier Hanlan is 55-for-66 (.833).
Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.
ANDERSON GOING FOR 1,000
Junior Ryan Anderson is 27 points away from becoming the 40th player in Boston College history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
He has a total of 973 points (13.7 per game) in his career and scored 477 last year.