2012-13 Boston College Basketball: Florida International Game Thread (2:00 PM, ESPN3)

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

Boston College opens its 79th basketball season on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. against Florida International.

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Florida International Golden Panthers (0-0, 0-0 Sun Belt) vs. Boston College Eagles (0-0, 0-0 ACC)

What: 2012-13 Boston College men's basketball season opener
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Chestnut Hill, Ma.
Arena: Conte Forum
Capacity: 8,606

TV: ESPN3.com
TV Announcers: Dave Popkin (play-by-play), Malcolm Huckaby (color analyst)
Online Audio: bceagles.com
Online Video: bceagles.com
Radio: WEEI (93.7 FM/850 AM)
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel, Danya Abrams
Live Stats: bceagles.com

Line: Boston College -14

Series: First-ever meeting between Boston College and Florida International.

Trends: Boston College returns 64 percent of its scoring and rebounding from the 2011-12 season. Donahue enters today's game with a career record of 176-173 (.504, 13th season), 30-35 at Boston College. This is the head coaching debut of FIU's Richard Pitino. The Panthers are 3-31 all-time versus the ACC. This is only the second time FIU has traveled to the state of Massachusetts (0-1).

Florida International's 2011-2012 Record: 8-21 (5-11 Sun Belt)

Florida International's Project Starters (2011-12 averages):

G - Manuel Nunez (Sr.) - 6-5, 190 lbs., Miami, Fla. - 0.2 PPG, 0.1 APG, 0.5 RPG
G - Deric Hill (So.) - 5-9, 160 lbs., Miami, Fla. - 1.8 PPG, 1.4 APG, 0.8 RPG
G - Cameron Bell (Sr.) - 6-3, 185 lbs., West Bloomfield, Mich. - 4.0 PPG, 0.5 APG, 2.5 RPG
F - Tola Akomolafe (Sr.) - 6-6, 210 lbs., El Paso, Tx. - 3.2 PPG, 0.6 APG, 3.6 RPG
C - Joey De La Rosa (So.) - 6-11, 260 lbs., Bronx, N.Y. - 1.4 PPG, 0.2 APG, 1.6 RPG

Boston College's Projected Starters (2011-12 averages):

G - Olivier Hanlan (Fr.) - 6-4, 188 lbs., Aylmer, Quebec - 17.0 PPG, 6.0 APG, 7.0 RPG (High school)
G - Joe Rahon (Fr.) - 6-2, 195 lbs., San Diego, Ca. - 22.1 PPG, 2.9 APG, 7.3 RPG (High school)
G - Lonnie Jackson (So.) - 6-3, 173 lbs., Valencia, Ca. - 8.3 PPG, 1.6 APG, 2.5 RPG
F - Ryan Anderson (So.) - 6-8, 220 lbs., Lakewood, Ca. - 11.2 PPG, 0.9 APG, 7.4 RPG
C - Dennis Clifford (So.) - 7-0, 250 lbs., Bridgewater, Ma. - 9.1 PPG, 1.1 APG, 4.7 RPG

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