Boston College Daily Links: Kuechly's Assault On Record Books Continues Friday

Football

Luke Kuechly on verge of more history (BostonHerald.com)
"It is cool and stuff, but I just want to win, and that is all it comes down to," Kuechly said prior to practice yesterday at Alumni Stadium. "For me, winning is what makes football fun and that is why I do it. Right now we are not winning as many games as we want to."

What to watch in the ACC: Week 13 (ESPN ACC Blog)
Kuechly, who is averaging 16.55 tackles a game, needs only 6 against Miami to set the NCAA’s record for stops per game in a season. He had 14 tackles in Saturday’s 16-14 loss at Notre Dame and now has an ACC-record total of 523 in his career. That is the third-highest on record with the NCAA, which began tracking the statistic in 2000. Kuechly is 22 stops from tying the NCAA record, held by Tim McGarigle of Northwestern (2002-05). This is his last game of the season, but it could also be the last in a BC uniform if he leaves early for the NFL. 

German translation: BC's Edebali learning football on the fly (The MetroWest Daily News)
"He's still raw in a lot of ways," said Spaziani. "Instinctively - that's what the kids in those types of programs miss, the instinctive stuff. He hasn't made as many plays as ... the guy he replaced, but he works and hustles. You can win with him. He's a good kid for the program, and he'll probably make more strides next year."

Notre Dame 16, Boston College 14 (Football Study Hall)
Surprisingly even game overall. The Irish got off to a hot start and were a smidge better on passing downs/third downs, and that was about the only separation.

Hoops

Boston College hopes visit to SoCal will be showcase for recruits (The Dagger)
"I think it's good for us to every couple years get back to California, in particular Southern California, making sure that people in the basketball community realizes that we're out there," Donahue said.  "Especially when you have kids from that area, it helps you get involved with other kids in that area as well."

Primer for the 76 Classic (ESPN)
That might not be the case for much longer. With a nice win against Washington already on their résumé, the Billikens could leave SoCal as a team to watch. They have a favorable matchup in the opening round -- against struggling BC -- and have the talent to go toe to toe with Villanova. Don't be the least surprised if Majerus' squad leaves Anaheim with a trophy.

Previewing The 2011 76 Classic Tournament (The Nova Blog)
St. Louis proved they will be a solid mid-major threat all season long after their 77-64 win over Washington on Sunday afternoon to push their record to 3-0 (their other wins came against Tennessee St. and Southern Illinois). Brian Conklin is the primary scoring threat with Kwamain Mitchell proving a viable secondary option. As you would expect, just about everybody on the floor has the ability to hit the outside shot. They would pose a touch matchup for 'Nova and could be possible second round opponents.

Hockey

Holiday Four-cast: Happy Pucks-giving! (Inside College Hockey)
Some of the shine of this matchup has diminished due to recent results, including the shocker of the season thus far when Yale dropped a 7-6 game to previously-winless Sacred Heart on Tuesday. Things haven’t been going BC’s way either, with back-to-back losses against rivals Boston University and Notre Dame. This Saturday afternoon tilt at Ingalls Rink will be a chance for both teams to get turned in the right direction against a quality opponent. BC averaged over 4.5 goals per game in its first nine contests, and it resulted in an 8-1-0 record. In the last four games, BC has totaled just six goals, and the Eagles are 1-3-0. Yale goalies allowed seven goals to Sacred Heart on just 19 shots on goal, just 10 days after posting their third-straight shutout amid a four-game winning streak.

Whitney Quietly Makes a Difference on the Ice (BCEagles.com)
On a team filled with star players and high draft picks, Steven Whitney has been quietly making a name for himself because of his hard work and tenacious play on the ice.

Family helped lead Frankie Vatrano to hockey (USA Hockey)
“I need to work on my defensive side of the game more and my lateral movement and foot speed,” he said. “I think that will really help my game and winning more battles in the corner. It is stuff I can work on here every day.”

Late Goal for No. 4 WIH Thwarted in Final Moments at Quinnipiac (BCEagles.com)
A goal by freshman defender Emily Pfalzer at 17:51 in the third period nearly pushed the fourth-ranked Boston College women's ice hockey team past Quinnipiac, but the Bobcats (7-7-1, 5-2-1 ECACH) answered with 10 seconds left in regulation and went on to win in overtime, 2-1, on Tuesday night at High Point Solutions Arena.

Ratings Roundup Week 9 (BCEagles.com)
The Boston College women’s ice hockey team retained its No. 4 ranking in the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week, after sweeping Hockey East rival Northeastern, 3-1 and 4-1, in a home-and-home series last week.

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