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Dec. 27, 2013

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BC-VCU MEET IN BROOKLYN
• Boston College and Virginia Commonwealth will meet for the first time on the hardwood on December 28 at the Barclays Center as part of the BROOKLYN HOOPS Winter Festival.
• The game is the last of a tripleheader. St. John's and Columbia will tip off at 2:30 p.m., and Kansas State and Tulane will follow them at 5 p.m.
• The Eagles have lost four of their last five, including a 77-67 loss at Auburn last Sunday.
• VCU has won four of five and defeated Virginia Tech last Saturday, 85-52.

EAGLES FALL AT AUBURN
• Sophomore Olivier Hanlan scored 28 points as Boston College lost at Auburn, 77-67, on December 22 at Auburn Arena.
• Hanlan was 8-for-14 from the floor and 9-for-11 from the foul line. Twenty of his points came in the second half. Junior Ryan Anderson had 11 points and six rebounds.
• Auburn scored the last nine points of the first half to build a 37-24 lead. Tahj Shamsid-Deen hit a 3-pointer as time expired.
• Auburn started where it left off in the second half and scored the first seven points to build a 44-24 lead. Boston College responded with the next seven points to stop the bleeding. Freshman Will Magarity had four of the points and Hanlan capped the run with a 3-pointer.
• Auburn held a 56-38 lead with 14:10 left in the game, but BC went on a 15-5 run over the next eight minutes to cut it to 61-53. Hanlan had six of the points in that run. The Eagles ran out of gas though and couldn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.

OPPONENTS RECORD
• Boston College established one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country.
• BC's opponents in November are a combined 52-31 so far this year and two of them are nationally ranked: #15/15 Connecticut and #23/22 Massachusetts. Toledo is a perfect 11-0 and receiving votes in both national polls. Providence, UMass and UConn have all reached 10 wins already.
• The Eagles' opposition in the month of December is a combined 49-22 with Purdue and VCU reaching 10 wins already.
• The record of all 12 of BC's opponents so far is a combined 81-50. All of the Eagles opponents are a combined 224-90 - a .713 winning percentage.
• According to ESPN's Daily RPI, Boston College currently has the 16th toughest schedule in the nation.

EAGLES RANK 2ND IN FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
• Entering this week, Boston College ranked second in the country in free throw percentage at 78.9 percent.
• The Eagles ranked 42nd in free throws made and 121st in free throw attempts.
• BC hit more free throws through 10 games than it had attempts in the first 10 games of last season.
• Sophomore Olivier Hanlan ranks eighth in the ACC in free throw percentage at .853 (81-for-95).
• Sophomore Joe Rahon has gone 21-for-25 (.840) so far this year and junior Patrick Heckmann is 16-for-17 (.941) from the stripe which leads the team.
• Rahon and Heckmann haven't met the minimum number of attempts to rank in the ACC.
• Junior Ryan Anderson is 65-for-85 (.765).
• Hanlan (7.9) and Anderson (7.1) are second and third in the ACC in free throw attempts per game, respectively.
• Last season, Boston College shot 71 percent from the stripe.

HANLAN AFTER HALFTIME
• Sophomore Olivier Hanlan has averaged 14.4 points after the first half in the first 12 games of the season.
• Sixty-five of his 173 second-half/overtime points (38 percent) have come at the foul line where he is shooting 65-for-76 (.855) 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.
• Hanlan took control of the game against Florida Atlantic, scoring 27 of his 38 points in the second half. He was 7-for-14 from the floor and 10-for-12 from the foul line.
• He scored 21 of his 26 points in the second half against Maryland and went 15-for-16 from the foul line. Those 15 free throws are the most in the ACC in a game this year.
• He tallied 20 of his 28 points at Auburn in the second half.
• Hanlan has led the Eagles in scoring in the second half in 10 of the 12 games this year.
• Hanlan ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 20.1 points per game.

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