Scouting Boston College

Syracuse will wear new retro uniforms on Wednesday as they face the Boston College Eagles for the second time this season. We break down the Eagles with our in-depth, detailed scouting report inside.

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


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.

Olivier Hanlan is Boston College's best player, and rounds out the three guard lineup. He has the versatility to play the two or the three. Hanlan is averaging over 18 points per game to go along with nearly 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.

Lonnie Jackson is the primary reserve, and takes most of his shots from beyond the arc. He only attempts six shots per game, five of which are from the outside. Jackson is a below average defender who doesn't offer much offensively if his shot isn't falling. He is the best outside shooter for B.C., at nearly 43%.

Patrick Heckmann is the other reserve guard for the Eagles. He has really struggled this year shooting the ball at only 39% from the floor and 29% from beyond the arc.


Garland Owens starts at small forward for Boston College. He is an average player on both ends of the floor, but does shoot the ball well from the outside at over 38%. He doesn't offer much on the boards or defensively, and lacks elite athleticism or quickness.

Ryan Anderson starts at power forward. 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 mid-range jumper. He is a solid defender, but only an average shot blocker. Anderson tends to be slow-a-foot and can struggle against quicker, more athletic forwards.

Will Magarity starts at center, a change from earlier in the season. Over the last two games, he is averaging 18 minutes per game, but has not been overly productive. He is an adequate inside scorer, but a sub-par low-post defender. He does not move his feet well or get good position on the boards.

Eddie Odio is the primary frontcourt contributor off the bench. 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.

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.

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 226th in scoring (69.8 per game), 164th in assists (12.9 per game) and 1840th in shooting (45.0%). They attempt a lot of three pointers (568 attempts on the season) and only make 35% of them. The Eagles are also a poor rebounding team at just 30 per game, good for 343rd 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. The Orange are long overdue for a blowout win. Wednesday could be exactly what the doctor ordered.

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