Game Notes & Preview: Providence (10-2, 0-0) at Boston College (6-6, 0-0) 12/23/16

Where: Conte Forum – Chestnut Hill, MA

When: 4:00pm EST

How: ESPNU (Alex Faust & Malcolm Huckaby)/WEEI 103.7 FM and Friars.com (John Rooke and Joe Hassett)/FriarTV

Game Notes

  • Providence and Boston College will meet for the 111th time ever on Friday. The Friars lead the all-time series, 60-50. The teams first met on February 16, 19423 when Providence defeated the Eagles, 64-37. This is Providence’s 3rd most common opponent in school history behind Rhode Island (127) and Brown (123) and 1 of only 4 schools that the Friars have played at least 100 times (St. John’s: 108).
  • Providence is 127-181 all-time against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Friars are 0-1 this season after losing to Virginia in the championship of the 2016 Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, FL on November 27th.
  • Boston College is 6-6 this season. The Eagles were picked to finish 15th out of 15 in the ACC and are coming off a neutral court loss against Fairfield, 89-83, at Mohegan Sun. Their best win of the season came on a buzzer-beating tip-in against Auburn on December 12th at Madison Square Garden. Their worst loss came at home against Hartford on December 9th. The Eagles are led Jim Christian, who is in his 3rd season at the helm of the Boston College program. Sophomore Jerome Robinson leads the Eagles in scoring at 20.5 points/game. Graduate student Mo Jeffers leads the team in rebounding, averaging 6.0 rebounds/game.
  • Opening Line: Providence -8 at Boston College 12/23/16

Game Preview

Providence heads into their final non-conference tilt on a 6-game winning streak with a 10-2 overall record. This will be the Friars’ second non-conference road game with the other resulting in a loss at Ohio State the first week of the season as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. Boston College enters this game with an even 6-6 record and the Eagles are coming off a neutral court loss to Fairfield on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun. This will also be Boston College’s final non-conference game before they enter the gauntlet that is ACC league play. They were picked 15th out of 15 in the preseason ACC poll and went 0-18 a season ago against ACC opponents.

The Eagles and Friars have traded games for the last 6 seasons and the records are even at 5-5 in the last 10 matchups. The last time Providence won a game at Conte Forum was Valentine’s Day 2004 when the Eagles were still a member of the Big East conference and Ed Cooley was sitting on the home bench as an assistant under Al Skinner.

The probable starters according to the game notes are:

Providence
Boston College

The keys to victory for Providence are to force turnovers and make the Eagles shoot tough 2’s. BC ranks 309th nationally in Turnover % when being pressed. The Eagles turn it over 29% of the time when pressed. Their overall Turnover % is 321st nationally at 18.7%. These stats are courtesy of Synergy Sports. The Eagles average 7/19 from beyond the arc in their 6 wins and 6 losses. They are 42/112 in wins and 43/115 in losses, so they’ll make some 3-pointers. Where they have fallen down in losses has been their 2-point shooting percentage and FT attempts. In their 6 wins they shot 39.0% on 2-point jumpers and their shooting percentage in their 6 losses was just 32.9% — a number buoyed from 25% by an 11/15 performance in their last outing against Fairfield. Those 2-point jumper stats are courtesy of Hoop-Math.com.

Prediction: Providence 78 Boston College 68

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