Teams: Providence Friars (6-1, 0-0 Big East) vs. Boston College Eagles (3-3, 0-0 ACC)
Rankings: Providence (NR), Boston College (NR)
Day & Time: Friday, December 5, 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Arena: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Line: BC +XX
Announcers: Eric Frede (play-by-play), Malcolm Huckaby (analyst)
Radio: WEEI 93.7 FM, bceagles.com
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (analyst)
Providence News: Big East Coast Bias
All-Time Series: 59-49 Providence
Streak: 1, Providence
First Meeting: Boston College 60, Providence 47 (January 24, 1946)
Last Meeting: Providence 82, Boston College 78 (OT) (November 8, 2013)
Last Meeting at Conte Forum: Boston College 71, Providence 68 (December 22, 2012)
Common Opponents: Defeated Binghamton, 66-45, Defeated Florida State, 80-54, Defeated Notre Dame, 75-74, Providence vs. UMass (12/20), vs. Miami (12/22)
School Connections: The obvious one...Providence head coach Ed Cooley coached under Al Skinner at both URI (1996-97) and Boston College (1997-2006) and was a big factor for the Eagles' success in those seasons. BC posted a 175-108 overall record and 5 20-win seasons while Cooley and Skinner were roaming the Eagles bench.
Notable Alumni: Lou Lamoriello, CEO of the New Jersey Devils; John Marinatto, former Big East commissioner; Raymond Flynn, former Mayor of Boston; Billy Donovan, college basketball coach; Jim Larranaga, college basketball coach; Richard Pitino, college basketball coach (PC Cradle of Shootyhoops Coaches?); Lou Merloni, MLB player
Head Coaches: BC: Jim Christian (1st year, 3-3); Providence: Ed Cooley (4th Year, 63-45)
Last Year: The Friars went 23-12 overall, 10-8 Big East (tied for 3rd). Won the Big East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Last Game: Boston College defeated Marist, 70-66. Providence fell to Kentucky, 58-38.
He's a Dude: LaDontae Henton, senior forward. Picked up where he left off last year and then some. Averaging 21.3 points and 5.4 rebounds per game through the Friars first seven games of the year. Scored a career-high 38 points in a 75-74 victory over Notre Dame earlier in the year, though was limited to just 3 points (1-of-8 shooting) in the loss to Kentucky. One of the best rebounding wing/forwards BC will face all season.
Fun Fact: Last year's BC-PC game was the first college basketball game ever aired on the fledgling Fox Sports 1 network.