Previewing Boston College

After opening up its ACC slate with a 90-69 win over Wake Forest this past weekend, NC State hits the road for two straight conference games, starting tonight at Boston College. Pack Pride takes a closer look at the Eagles -- tip-off is set for 9:00 pm.


    G Reggie Jackson (18.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
    G Biko Paris (11.1 ppg, 3.5 apg)
    F Danny Rubin (7.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
    F Joe Trapani (13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg)
    C Josh Southern (7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

    Reggie Jackson -- Star guard has really come into his own during his senior season and has to be considered one of the frontrunners for ACC Player of the Year honors. Jackson is averaging 18.9 points, 4.6 assists, and 4.4 rebounds per game, and he is shootig nearly 55% from the field and 49% from behind the 3-point line.

    Boston College Game Notes

    The Series against NC State
    Boston College has a 7-3 all-time record against North Carolina State, including a 3-1 mark in Conte Forum ... BC has a 4-3 record against NC State since joining the ACC for the 2005-06 season ... NC State has won the last two meetings -- both in the RBC Center. The Wolfpack defeated the Eagles, 66-54, in last winter's lone meeting (March 7, 2010) ... The two teams split two contests during the 2008-09 season, with BC gaining a 79-68 home win (Jan. 24, 2009) and NC State winning 74-69 in the RBC Center (March 4, 2009).

    1,000 Career Points
    Boston College has two 1,000-point scorers on its active roster. Senior forward Corey Raji enters tonight's game with 1,100 points, while senior forward Joe Trapani enters with 1,104 points ... Raji registered his 1,000th career point in the Eagles' win over Indiana (Dec. 1). Raji reached the milestone on a field goal with 5:23 remaining in the first half ... Senior forward Joe Trapani recorded his 1000th career point in the Eagles win at Maryland (Dec. 12). Trapani reached the milestone on a field goal with 15:17 remaining in the first half).

    Jackson's Next
    Junior guard Reggie Jackson enters tonight's game with 938 career points. He will soon become the 39th player in school history to reach the vaunted milestone.

    Biko Paris
    Senior guard Biko Paris has scored in double figures nine times, including in eight of the last 11 games. He posted 18 points, four rebounds and three assists (no turnovers) in 28 minutes at South Carolina (Jan. 1) ... He has made 34 three-pointers this season, nearly equaling the three-point total of his first three seasons (36) ... Paris enjoyed a career day in the Eagles' 79-75 win at Maryland (Dec. 12). He scored a career-high 22 points, hitting a career-high eight field goals, including six three-point field goals. He shot an identical 4- for-6 from the field and 3-for-5 from three-point range in each half .. Paris followed that effort with an 18-point outing against Bryant (Dec. 19), shooting 6-for-9 from three-point range.

    The Head Coach
    Steve Donahue is in his first season as the head coach at Boston College. He has an 12-4 record as the Eagles' head coach and a 158-142 career record ... Donahue spent the last 10 seasons as the head coach at Cornell. He led the Big Red to three consecutive Ivy League titles (2008-10) and a trip to the 2010 NCAA Sweet 16.

    During his tenure, Donahue totaled a 146-138 record. Cornell achieved the best Ivy record over the last five years (55-15) ... He coached and/or recruited seven of Cornell's top 13 all-time leading scorers, two Ivy League Rookie of the Year players, eight NABC All-District selections, six Academic All- District picks and two Academic All-Americans

    Prior to assuming the head coaching job at Cornell, Donahue spent 10 seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Fran Dunphy at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Coach of the Year
    Steve Donahue received the 2010 Clair Bee Coach of the Year honor after leading Cornell to a 29-5 overall record, the Ivy League title and the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

    BC is shooting 48.9 percent from the field ... BC shot a season-best 57.6 percent from the field against Bryant (Dec. 19) ... BC's best single-half effort also came against Bryant. The Eagles shot 64.3 percent from the floor (18-for-28) in the first half against the Bulldogs ... BC has shot 50.0 percent or better in 13 halves this season. Last Nine Games: BC has shot 50 percent or better from the field in seven of its last 10 games, including each of the last three games ... BC's lowest shooting percentage in this 10-game stretch was 47.6 percent against Bucknell (Dec. 22).

    The "Three Ball"
    Boston College is shooting 40.1 percent from three-point range this season. Reggie Jackson leads the Eagles, having hit 35 treys ... BC has made 10 or more treys in each of nine games -- 13 treys against Bryant (Dec. 19), at Maryland (Dec. 12) and at South Carolina (Jan. 1); 12 treys against Providence (Dec. 8), Bucknell (Dec. 22) and Rhode Island (Dec. 29); and 10 treys against Holy Cross (Nov. 22), California (Nov. 28) and Indiana (Dec. 1).

    Treys Per Game:
    BC ranks seventh among all Division 1 schools, making 9.5 treys per game (on 23.6 attempts).

    Finding the Range: BC has shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in 11 of its last 13 games.

    Free Throws
    Boston College is shooting 73.1 percent from the foul line this season, the fourth-highest percentage among ACC schools. Reggie Jackson, Corey Raji, Biko Paris, Josh Southern and Dallas Elmore all shoot better than 75 percent from the charity stripe.

    Boston College has outrebounded its opponent in eight of its 16 games this season, including four of the last five games ... BC enjoyed a plus-14 rebounding margin at South Carolina (Jan. 1) ... BC has a minus-0.4 rebounding margin.

    Boston College is averaging 11.0 turnovers per game this season, the lowest total among ACC schools and seventh lowest among 336 Division 1 schools. The Eagles have committed fewer than 10 turnovers in seven games, including a season-low five in each of three games -- against Holy Cross (Nov. 22). Bryant (Dec. 19) and Bucknell (Dec. 22) ... BC made just six turnovers against Indiana (Dec. 1) and just eight turnovers against Texas A&M in the first round of the Old Spice Classic (Nov. 25).

    Bench Strength
    Boston College has received solid contributions from its reserves this season. Through 16 games, the Eagles' bench is averaging 18.8 points per game ... The reserves have scored a season-high 30 points in each of two games -- in a 76-71 win over Massachusetts in TD Garden (Dec. 4) and in a home win over Georgia Tech (Jan. 8).

    Assist City
    Boston College is averaging 16.2 assists per game, ranking third among ACC schools. BC was credited with a season-high 25 assists (on 34 field goals) against Bryant (Dec. 19) ... More recently, BC recorded 23 assists on 33 baskets at South Carolina (Jan. 1) ... Last winter, BC ranked third among ACC schools with 15.0 assists per game.

    Acting Defensively
    Boston College is allowing 69.3 points per game this season ... The Eagles are forcing 11.3 turnovers per game and making 5.2 steals per game ... The opponents' field-goal percentage is a cumulative 44.0 percent.

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