Previewing Boston College

NC State looks to bounce back from Wednesday's loss to Virginia Tech with a win against Boston College on Senior Day. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tomorrow's opponent -- tip-off is at 2:00 p.m. and the game will be televised on Raycom.



    G Reggie Jackson (12.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg)
    G Rakim Sanders (10.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg)
    F Corey Raji (11.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg)
    F Joe Trapani (14.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg)
    C Josh Southern (4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg)

    G Biko Paris (5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
    F Tyler Roche (7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
    F Dallas Elmore (3.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg)

    Joe Trapani -
    One of the most underrated players in the ACC, Trapani is a skilled forward who can score from the perimeter but also attack the basket. NC State forwards Dennis Horner and Richard Howell must contain Trapani for State to pull out the win.

    Boston College Game Notes

    Congratulations, Rakim
    Junior Rakim Sanders scored 15 points in the Eagles' home win over Virginia Tech on Feb. 24 to become the 36th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark. He reached the milestone on a free throw with 11:44 remaining in the contest. He enters today's game with 1,015 career points.

    More Career Numbers
    Junior Corey Raji enters today's game with 913 points and 508 rebounds ... Junior Joe Trapani enters the game with 870 points. Our Standing in the ACC -- 2005-06 through 2008-09 Since joining the league for the 2005-06 season (and through the end of the 2008-09 season), Boston College won 34 games (11 in 2005-06, 10 in 2006- 07, 4 in 2007-08 and 9 in 2008-09). Only North Carolina (50) and Duke (46) won more conference games in this four-year period.

    The Series against NC State
    Boston College has a 7-2 all-time record against North Carolina State, including a 3-1 mark in the RBC Center ... BC has a 4-2 record against NC State since joining the ACC for the 2005-06 season ... BC had a four-game series winning streak snapped last last March when NC State downed the Eagles 74- 69 in the RBC Center (March 4, 2009). BC won the first meeting of the 2008-09 season, gaining a 79-68 win in Conte Forum (Jan. 24, 2009).

    Offensively Speaking
    Boston College is averaging 70.0 points per game. Four players sport double-figure scoring averages ... BC has a 12-2 record this season when scoring 70 or more points.

    Free Throws
    BC has made 71.5 percent of its free-throw attempts this season, a percentage that ranks fifth among the 12 ACC schools ... Junior Joe Trapani rates among the league's premier free-throw shooters, having made 79.2 percent (61-for- 77) of his attempts.

    Assist City
    Boston College averages 13.6 assists per game in ACC contests, an average that ranks second among the league's 12 schools ... Reggie Jackson ranks fourth among league leaders, averaging 4.7 assists/game in league play.

    BC is shooting 44.8 percent from the field ... BC has made 30 or more field goals in each of nine games this season ... BC has shot 50 percent or better from the field in 21 halves this season. The Eagles made more than half their attempts in both halves of four games -- Dartmouth, South Dakota State, Virginia Tech (Jan. 23) and Clemson (Jan. 26) ... BC's best single-half shooting percentage this season is 66.7 percent (first half vs. Dartmouth).

    The "Three Ball"
    Boston College is shooting 33.2 percent from three-point range this season. Joe Trapani leads the Eagles, having hit 50 treys ... BC is attempting 15.7 three-point field goals per game, making 5.2 per game ... Last winter, Joe Trapani made a team-high 52 treys in 34 games.

    No Treys
    BC went scoreless from three-point range at Providence (Nov. 28), shooting 0-for-10 from long range. The game marked the first time BC had not made a three-pointer since Nov. 20, 2005 (137-game streak).

    Acting Defensively
    Boston College is allowing 66.0 points per game this season ... The Eagles are forcing 12.0 turnovers per game and making 5.2 steals per game ... The opponents' field-goal percentage is a cumulative 43.4 percent.

    Field-Goal Percentage
    BC has a 13-1 record this season when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent ... Further, BC has an 8-1 record when limiting its foes to less than 40 percent shooting from the field.

    Boston College committed just five turnovers at Miami on Jan. 19, 2010, equaling its season low. BC also committed five turnovers against Saint Joseph's on Nov. 20, 2009 ... The Eagles committed six turnovers against Massachusetts on Dec. 23, 2009 and seven turnovers against North Carolina on Feb. 20, 2010 ... BC averages 13.0 turnovers per game this season.

    Rebounding Advantage
    Boston College has outrebounded its opponent in 19 of 29 games this season. The Eagles rank fifth in the ACC with a plus-4.9 rebounding margin ... BC has gained a double-digit rebounding margin in 12 games.

    Huge Advantage
    BC has outrebounded two ACC foes by more than 20 rebounds ... BC outrebounded Miami, 46-21, on Dec. 6. The plus-25 rebounding margin was the largest margin by a BC team since the Eagles were a plus-27 against New Hampshire on Nov. 10, 2006 ... BC outrebounded Virginia Tech, 49-28, on Feb. 24.

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