G #21 Olivier Hanlan (FR, 6-4/188) 13.1 ppg, 2.1 apg
G #25 Joe Rahon (FR, 6-2/195) 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg
G #33 Patrick Heckman (SO, 6-5/205) 9.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg
G #20 Lonnie Jackson (SO, 6-3/180) 8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg
F #12 Ryan Anderson (SO, 6-8/220) 15.9 ppg, 9.5 rpg
Ryan Anderson -- Boston College's top player, Anderson is having a breakout sophomore season for the Eagles. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding, and Anderson is a threat to post a double-double every time out.
"Anderson has really taken a step forward," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "He was a good player last year, and I think he's emerging into an elite player in our league."
Boston College Notables
• Boston College is 8-6 all-time against NC State and lost all three meetings last season.
• The Eagles are 5-6 against the Wolfpack since joining the ACC in 2005-06.
• NC State won both games in the regular season last year: 76-62 at home and 56-51 in Chestnut Hill.
• The two sides also met in the first round of the ACC Championship in Atlanta. The Wolfpack took that game as well, 78-57.
FIRST MEETING IN
2012 IN RALEIGH
• Dennis Clifford had 12 points and five rebounds as Boston College lost at NC State, 76-62, in front of 16,051 at the RBC Center on January 19.
• Scott Wood scored 16 points for the Wolfpack and C.J. Leslie added 14 points. NC State ran off 15 straight points to take control and pushed the lead to 18 by late in the first half.
• NC State led 45-28 at the break and never let BC closer than 16 points until the final minute.
WOLFPACK EDGES BC IN CONTE
• Matt Humphrey paced Boston College with 15 points as the Eagles lost to NC State, 56-51, on February 1.
• Humphrey went 6-for-14 from the field and also had a pair of steals. Lonnie Jackson had 10 points with eight of them coming in the second half. Ryan Anderson and Dennis Clifford both had eight rebounds.
• NC State led in the early going and was up by six points twice, including a 19-13 advantage with 8:23 left in the half. BC responded with the next six points in 56 seconds to force the second tie of the game. Sophomore Gabe Moton scored four points in the run. The Wolfpack went into the locker room at halftime with a 25-23 edge.
• The Eagles scored the first six points of the second half to take their first lead, 29- 25, since it was 5-4. Jackson converted a 4-point play and Clifford got a dunk off an Anderson assist.
• NC State responded with the next seven points to stop the BC momentum and retake a 32-29 lead. The two teams played within a possession of each other for the next 14 minutes - the game featured six ties and 12 lead changes.
C.J. Leslie broke a 44-44 tie with four
straight points to give NC State a 48-
44 lead with 3:55 left. After Anderson
connected on a pair of free throws, the Wolfpack scored the next six points to build a 54-46
lead with 48 seconds left. Scott Wood connected on all four of his free throws to extend the
• Wood led all scorers with 16 points for NC State. Leslie had 13 points and six rebounds, and Richard Howell recorded 10 points and eight boards.
GOOD IN GOLD
• Boston College is 4-0 this season when wearing its gold uniforms.
• The gold color made its 2012 debut on December 8 in a 72-64 win against St. Francis Brooklyn.
• Since then, BC has three more victories in those kits against Providence (71-68), Holy Cross (70-60) and Dartmouth (79-58). The Eagles have worn them in each of the last three games.
• Success with the color gold isn't new to The Heights. The Boston College men's hockey team went 10-0-0 last year in its gold sweaters and donned them in the Frozen Four, capturing its fifth national championship - and third in five years.
• The hockey team is also 2-0-0 in gold this season.
WIN STREAK STATS
• Boston College enters the contest on a five-game win streak, the first such streak for this core group of players. Below is a look at some key numbers from the win streak and the previous eight games.
• During the streak, four of BC's starters are averaging in double figures and the fifth is barely behind: Ryan Anderson (16.6), Olivier Hanlan (13.8), Patrick Heckmann (12.0), Joe Rahon (11.6) and Lonnie Jackson (9.8).
• In the previous eight games, Anderson (15.4), Hanlan (12.6) and Rahon (11.1) were the only players in double figures.
• As the Eagles enter conference play, it seems that two stats point to possible BC victories: rebounds and free throws.
• BC is 7-1 when it outrebounds its opponents and 6-1 when it hits more free throws.
• If Boston College is better in both categories in the same game, it is 6-0.
TWO BIG GAMES
• Sophomore Ryan Anderson is nearly averaging a double-double this year, and is Boston College's leading scorer (15.9) and rebounder (9.5).
• He is the only Eagle that has recorded multiple double-doubles over the last two years. He had seven last year and has three this season.
• His first two this year were monster performances. He had a career-high 29 points to go along with 17 rebounds (a career high to that point) in the season-opener against FIU.
• He also had a 23-point, 19-rebound effort against New Hampshire on December 16.
• Anderson is one of two players in the ACC this season - along with Duke's Mason Plumlee - to have at least two games with 20+ points and 15+ rebounds.
• The Lakewood, CA product has five 20-point performances this year (Baylor, Harvard, Providence) and four 10-plus rebound games (Bryant).
• He ranks third in the ACC in rebounding and fifth in scoring. Entering the week, Anderson ranked 29th in the nation in rebounding.
NEARLY A RECORD
• Anderson's 19 rebounds against New Hampshire on December 16 nearly tied a Conte Forum record.
• Danya Abrams holds the BC single-game record in Conte Forum with 20 rebounds, which he had against Providence on January 22, 1994.
• Anderson tied Ryan Sidney's performance against St. Bonaventure on December 4, 2002 for the second most in a game in Conte.
• Anderson's 17-rebound game against FIU is also the third most in a game since Conte opened in 1988.
• One word to describe Boston College is young.
• It becomes obvious how young the Eagles are when you look at the numbers: 94 percent of the scoring comes from either freshmen or sophomores.
• In addition, 92 percent of the rebounds and 95 percent of the assists this season have come from underclassmen.
• Freshmen and sophomores have played 2,422 of the 2,625 minutes this year - 92 percent. The underclassmen have also accounted for all but two starts so far this year.
Boston College athletics contributed to this report.