Eagles Fly Into Providence

Both Providence and Boston College are coming off shocking losses as the Eagles invade Providence for the first time as a member of the ACC. The Eagles are 1-1 and haven't played since their loss on November 13.

Key Returnees:
Tyrese Rice, SO, G, 6'0
Sean Marshall, SR, F, 6'6
Jared Dudley, SR, F, 6'7
John Oates, JR, C, 6'10
Sean Williams, JR, C, 6'10
Akida McLain, JR, F, 6'8
Marquez Haynes, SO, G, 6'3

Key Newcomers:
Daye Kaba, FR, G, 6'4
Tyler Roche, FR, F, 6'7
Shamari Spears, FR, F, 6'6

Last Season: 28-8, 11-5 (3rd)

Hopes:
BC will be a program picked in most Top 25s to start the season. A soft early schedule should help them stay there, at least until league play. The loss of Craig Smith and Louis Hinnant will be damaging though. The Eagles should provide PC with a real test, however. With Williams and Oates, BC is big, strong and athletic inside, while Dudley, Marshall, and Rice give BC a tough, hardnosed ballhawking group on defense. None of the newcomers figure to be huge impact guys because BC is so solid in their starting five. Al Skinner's group figures to take a small step backward this year, but will be a more than formidable foe for the Friars and a tough matchup.

Notes:
The Eagles were ranked 15th in the country but slipped to #25 with a shocking 77-63 loss to Vermont. That followed a 86-47 win over New Hampshire, so BC is 1-1, because they haven't played since the loss to the Catamounts back on November 13. BC has played without forward Akida McLain, who will miss seven more games, and center Sean Williams, who will return for Providence. Williams is a defensive terror, blocking shots and grabbing boards, and has had some big games against the Friars before. In many ways, BC's loss to Vermont – coming when they were ranked 15th in the nation – was as shocking as PC's no-show against Brown on Saturday. Both teams are desperate for a win, desperate to prove that their previous game was a fluke, and will be up for this pre-Turkey Day tilt. So far, BC has been led by Dudley, at 19.0 ppg and 12.5 rpg; Spears at 18.0 ppg; Marshall and Rice at 10.5 ppg each. Oates has chipped in 7.0 rpg. In two games, Rice has had 7 assists and 7 turnovers, while assuming the point guard responsibilities. No Eagle has more than four three-pointers, and the team has shot only 24% from the arc… This will be the 101st meeting between PC and BC… the Friars lead the series 55-45… this will be the first meeting with BC representing the ACC, and the Eagles slipped past Providence, 78-75, in the last meeting, back on January 26, 2005, at the Dunk.

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