Rankings: Syracuse (NR), Boston College (NR)
Day & Time: Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Eastern
Arena: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
Line: Boston College +8.5
Announcers: Tom Hart (play-by-play), Len Elmore (analyst)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, bceagles.com
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (analyst)
Syracuse News: Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
All-Time Series: 41-24, Syracuse
First Meeting: Syracuse 78, Boston College 71 (January 30, 1959)
Last Meeting at Carrier Dome: Boston College 62, Syracuse 59 (OT) (February 19, 2014)
Last Five Meetings:
W - Boston College 62, Syracuse 59 (OT) (February 19, 2014)
L - Syracuse 69, Boston College 59 (January 13, 2014)
W - Boston College 65, Syracuse 60 (February 19, 2005)
W - Boston College 57, Syracuse 54 (March 11, 2004 at Madison Square Garden)
L - Syracuse 96, Boston College 73 (January 10, 2004)
Common Opponents: all the ACC ones
School Connections: Boston College football coach Steve Addazio began his Division I college football coaching career in 1995 at Syracuse. The Orange won three consecutive Big East crowns and appeared in bowl games during each of his four years. Former football coach Tom Coughlin is a Syracuse alum.
Notable Alumni: Joe Biden, Donna Shalala, Marv Albert, Mike Tirico, Carmelo Anthony, Jim Brown, Randy Edsall, Donovan McNabb, Lou Reed
Head Coaches: BC: Jim Christian (1st year, 8-8); Syracuse: Jim Boeheim (39th year, 961-325)
Last Year: The Orange finished 28-6 overall, 14-4 ACC (2nd). NCAA Tournament Third Round.
Last Game: Boston College fell to Virginia, 66-51. Syracuse lost to Clemson, 66-53.
He's a Dude: Rakeem Christmas, senior forward. The forward from Philadelphia has really elevated his play during his senior year. Christmas is averaging almost a double double a game—18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds a game—for the Orange, up from averages of 5.8 and 5.1 a year ago. Out of high school, Christmas was rated 19th overall and second among centers in the 2011 ESPNU Top 100.
Fun Fact: Boston College and Syracuse are two of the tallest teams in the country this season, according to Ken Pomeroy (as of 1/12) and weighted by minutes played. The Eagles rank ninth in the nation in height with an average height of 78.5 inches. Syracuse is right behind BC at #10, averaging 78.4 inches.