Rankings: UMass Lowell (NR), Boston College (NR)
Day & Time: Monday, December 29, 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Arena: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Line: No line
Announcers: Eric Frede (play-by-play), Malcolm Huckaby (analyst)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, bceagles.com
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (analyst)
UMass Lowell News: Mid-Major Madness
All-Time Series: First ever meeting between the two programs.
Common Opponents: vs. Binghamton (1/2), @ Maine (1/13), @ UNH (1/19), @ Binghamton (1/31), vs. Maine (2/18), vs. UNH (2/21)
School Connections: UMass Lowell's first-ever Division I head coach, Pat Duquette, was an assistant coach at BC under Al Skinner for 13 years. Assistant coach Biko Paris played at BC from 2007-11, as did director of operations Louis Hinnant from 2002-06.
Notable Alumni: Craig MacTavish, former NHL player and coach and current Edmonton Oilers GM, Dwayne Roloson, former NHL player and coach with Anaheim
Head Coaches: BC: Jim Christian (1st year, 6-4); UMass Lowell: Pat Duquette (2nd Year, 16-23)
Last Year: The River Hawks went 10-18 overall, 8-8 America East (5th).
Last Game: Boston College fell to USC, 75-71. UMass Lowell fell to Duquesne, 79-63.
He's a Dude: Jahad Thomas, sophomore guard. This is the first year for Thomas, who redshirted his freshman season due to injury. He's made an immediate impact for the River Hawks this year, leading UML in both points (14.6) and rebounds (5.5) per game. The 6-foot-2 guard from Williamsport, Pennsylvania posted averages of 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a senior, leading Williamsport to a pair of district championships.
Fun Fact: While this will be the first ever meeting between BC and UMass-Lowell, the Eagles do have some history with the two schools that got together to form UML. BC and Lowell / Lowell Textile have previously met 9 times, though not since 1981 (a 114-54 victory). BC leads the all-time series 5-4. Lowell Tech and nearby Lowell State College merged in 1975 to form the University of Lowell, which later was renamed the University of Massachusetts at Lowell.