Scouting Boston College

Syracuse is looking to improve to 17-0 as they hit the road to face Boston College. CuseNation.com scouts the Eagles inside.

Syracuse hits the road to face a Boston College squad that has struggled this season.

Backcourt

Boston College utilizes a three guard lineup. Sophomore Joe Rahon runs the point for the Eagles. He is an average offensive player who does a little inside and a little outside. He is shooting 42% from the field on the season, 31% from beyond the arc. He is not an overly talented defender, and has a tendency to turn it over.

Lonnie Jackson starts at shooting guard, and takes most of his shots from beyond the arc. He only attempts five shots per game, four of which are from the outside. Jackson is a below average defender who doesn't offer much offensively if his shot isn't falling.

Olivier Hanlan is Boston College's best player, and rounds out the three guard lineup. He plays more of a wing/small forward role on the team. Hanlan is averaging nearly 20 points per game to go along with four rebounds and three assists. He does a bit of everything for the Eagles.

Hanlan has a good outside shot, but hasn't hit it as consistently this year, falling from 39% to 33% from beyond the arc. As defense's focus more on shutting him down, he has to adjust to get better looks. He has a tendency to force shots once in a while as he feels he needs to carry the offensive load.

Patrick Heckmann is the primary reserve guard for the Eagles. He has really struggled this year shooting the ball at only 37% from the floor and 26% from beyond the arc.

Frontcourt

Eddie Odio starts at power forward for the Eagles. He is a slender forward who is more of a three than a four. Odio has a decent shot with solid touch from the outside, but isn't an overly physical player. He does have good defensive instincts, however.

Ryan Anderson rounds out the starting lineup for the Eagles. He is the second best player for Boston College and the best rebounder on the team. Anderson averages 15 points and seven rebounds per game. He is the best low-post threat for the Eagles, and does most of his damage inside though he does have a decent jumper.

Boston College uses a variety of frontcourt players off the bench, depending on the matchup. Seven footer Dennis Clifford comes in and plays the middle for about 16 minutes per game. He is a natural shot blocker, who is really only an offensive threat on dunks and layups. Clifford has had knee problems that caused him to miss most of the season. He has played only in the last two contests.

Alex Dragicevich has the ability to rotate in at guard or forward. He is a versatile offensive player that can drive or shoot from the outside. Still, he is an average player who isn't overly physical.

Garland Owens and Will Magarity will also rotate in as well. Both are bigger players who are solid rebounders and average offensive threats.

Defensive System

Boston College plays man a majority of the time. You may see them mix in some matchup zone against Syracuse. The Eagles are undersized against the Orange, and may try a few tricks to negate that advantage.

Team Stats

Boston College, statistically, is very poor offensively. They are 218th in scoring (70.8 per game), 209th in assists (12.6 per game) and 184th in shooting (44.5%). They attempt a lot of three pointers (361 attempts on the season) and only make 33% of them. The Eagles are also a poor rebounding team at just 32 per game, good for 319th in the country.

Final Thoughts

Syracuse has more size, more talent and more depth than Boston College all over the floor. They should dominate this matchup in every area.


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