Previewing Boston College

Boston College heads to Raleigh looking to win its second conference game. The Eagles hope to have back All-ACC senior Jared Dudley who has missed three games with a foot injury.

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    PROJECTED STARTERS: 
    F 3 Jared Dudley 6-7 Sr. 18.8 9.0
    F 32 John Oates 6-10 Jr. 4.8 4.0
    C 51 Sean Williams 6-10 Jr. 12.8 7.4
    G 4 Tyrese Rice 6-1 So. 16.5 3.3
    G 23 Sean Marshall 6-5 Sr. 14.8 4.7
    

    BOSTON COLLEGE GAME NOTES
    THE SERIES
    Boston College has a 4-1 all-time record against North Carolina State, including a 2-0 mark in the RBC Center. Last year, the two teams split their two conference meetings. NC State earned a 78-60 win in BC's Conte Forum on Jan. 10, 2006. BC gained a 74-72 double-overtime victory in the RBC Center on Feb. 25, 2006.

    BC won its first three meetings with the Wolfpack, before NC State earned its first series triumph last season. The two teams played a home-and-home series in 2002-03 and 2003-04. BC captured a 93-81 victory over the Wolfpack in the RBC Center on Jan. 16, 2003.

    One year later -- on Jan. 20, 2004 -- BC earned a 66-65 overtime win over the Wolfpack in Conte Forum.

    THE COACH
    Al Skinner is in his 19th season as a head coach, his 10th season at Boston College. Already Boston College's all-time winningest coach, he has led the Eagles to postseason tournament berths each of the last six years. BC particpated in the 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NCAA Tournaments and the 2003 National Invitation Tournament.

    Skinner enters the NC State game with a 322-238 career record, including a 184-112 record at Boston College.

    Skinner is a 1974 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, where he enjoyed a stellar basketball career (1971-74).

    Skinner has been inducted into the Athletic Halls of Fame at both the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island (where he served as head coach for nine years).

    PLAYERS VS. NC STATE
    Jared Dudley is averaging 14.0 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in three career games against the Wolfpack ... Sean Marshall is averaging 13.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in three career games ... Sean Williams is averaging 5.0 points, 5.0 blocked shots and 4.5 rebounds per game in two games.

    INJURY REPORT
    Senior forward Jared Dudley is expected to return to action after missing the last three games because of a left foot injury. Prior to missing these three games, Dudley had played in and started 110 consecutive games.

    Junior forward Akida McLain will miss his fourth straight game because of a right ankle injury -- suffered early in the Eagles' game at Kansas (Dec. 23). The game had marked McLain's 2006-07 debut.

    WINNING WAYS
    Boston College has won 152 games since the start of the 2000-01 season -- 27 in 2000-01, 20 in 2001-02, 19 in 2002-03, 24 in 2003-04, 25 in 2004-05, a schoolrecord 28 in 2005-06 and nine this season. The 143 wins (2000-06) mark the highest six-year win total in program history.

    OFFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT
    Junior forward Sean Williams has made huge strides at the offensive end of the floor. After averaging 3.1 points per game in 2005-06, Williams is now averaging 12.8 points per game. He had scored in double figures three times in 54 games through his first two years at BC. He has already scored in double digits nine times this season.

    Free-throw shooting has been a big area of improvement. A 51.7 percent shooter through two years, Williams is shooting 68.3 percent this season.

    TRIPLE DOUBLE
    Williams recorded 19 points, 13 blocked shots and 10 rebounds against Duquesne (Dec. 28). This triple-double was the first by a Boston College player since Duane Woodward tallied 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds at Rutgers on Jan. 14, 1998.

    1,000-POINT SCORERS
    Boston College has two 1,000-point scorers in its line-up. Senior Jared Dudley enters the game with 1,688 career points. Classmate Sean Marshall enters tonight's contest with 1,196 points.

    PRESEASON HONORS
    Senior forward Jared Dudley captured preseason All-ACC first-team recognition, according to the media vote. Dudley earned All-ACC second-team honors last winter. Dudley is also on the list of candidates for both the 2006-07 Wooden Award All-American Team (LA Athletic Club) and for the Naismith Trophy (Atlanta Tipoff Club).

    DUDLEY DO-RIGHT
    Jared Dudley is posting impressive numbers in several statistical categories this season. Through 10 games (played), the senior forward is averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He ranks eighth among all ACC players with a 2.13 assist-turnover ratio. Dudley has led BC in scoring five times, in rebounding six times, in assists twice, and in steals four times. Dudley has registered five point-rebound double-doubles.

    On Nov. 29, he notched a season-best 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting against Michigan State. One game later, he recorded a season-best seven assists at Massachusetts.

    ACC LEADER
    Dudley is ranked among ACC leaders in eight of the 13 statistical categories. He ranks first in rebounding, offensive rebounding (3.70) and minutes played (37.90); third in scoring and defensive rebounding (5.30); fourth in field-goal percentage (.580); ninth in free-throw percentage (.778); and 10th in assist-turnover ratio (1.76).

    BIG JUMPER
    Junior Sean Williams enters the game as the nation's top shot-blocker, averaging 5.73 blocks per game. He has blocked three or more shots in nine of the 11 games he's played this season. Williams already holds the school record for career blocked shots. He registered a career-high 13 blocked shots against Duquesne (Dec. 28). Williams enters the game with 181 blocked shots (in 65 career games). Prior to the Duquesne game, Burnett Adams ‘83 sat atop the school's career list. Adams blocked 168 shots in 123 career games. Williams averages one blocked shot per 7.11 minutes of game action (in his 65-game collegiate career).


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