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Boston College Basketball vs. Pitt / Miami: Final Thoughts & Predictions

The Eagles face a pair of familiar foes in Pitt and Miami.

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Boston College basketball faces a couple of familiar faces in Pittsburgh and Miami this week. Let's break it down.

Game Facts

Game 13 vs. Pittsburgh Panthers

Tuesday, January 6, 2015, 9:00 PM Eastern
TV: ACC RSN (NESN in New England)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com

Preseason Opponent Preview: Pittsburgh Panthers

Series History: 30-17, Pittsburgh

First Meeting: Pittsburgh 76, Boston College 66 (December 18, 1959)
Last Meeting at Conte Forum: Pittsburgh 66, Boston College 59 (February 26, 2014)

Game 14 vs. Miami-Florida Hurricanes

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 4:00 PM Eastern
TV: ACC RSN (NESN in New England)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com

Preseason Opponent Preview: Miami Hurricanes

Series History: 24-19, BC

First Meeting: Miami 72, Boston College 69 (December 4, 1962)
Last Meeting: Miami 69, Boston College 58 (March 15, 2013)

Roster Notes

It's officially official now: Christian announced that Lonnie Jackson is done for the year with a lower leg injury. So are Caudill (calf), Diallo (knee) and Hicks (knee). Including three walk-ons, the Eagles are rolling just 12 deep the rest of the way.

Projected Starters

G Olivier Hanlan, junior
G Aaron Brown, graduate
G Dimitri Batten, graduate
G Patrick Heckmann, senior
C Dennis Clifford, junior

Gametime Song of the Week

Royal Blood - Figure It Out. Hopefully the team can do just that with a couple of more manageable league games on tap.

Scoreboard Watching / Out of Town Notes

A few big, big ACC matchups this week, including #5 Louisville at #18 North Carolina (Saturday 2 PM, ESPN) and #3 Virginia at #13 Notre Dame (Saturday 6 PM, ESPN2). #2 Duke at N.C. State (Sunday 1:30 PM, CBS) is a pretty big game as well. There will be a whole lot more separation between teams in the ACC a week from today.

Random Factoid

Both Pittsburgh and Miami are riding 7-game win streaks against the Eagles. It wasn't all that long ago when BC, not Pitt or Miami, dominated these two series.

Dot Dot Dot

The Pitt game is really one BC needs to have if it hopes to make any noise in ACC play this year. It's a late tipoff at home...and this isn't your older brother's Pitt team.

BCI Predictions

BC-Pitt Score BC-Miami Score Pts. Record Picking BC
Brian Favat 68-63 77-62 11 7-3
Jeff Martyn 73-67 68-62 11 8-2
John Fidler 66-63 71-63 11 8-2
hoyaeagle 66-61 65-55 11 8-2
A.J Black 70-58 65-60 10 7-3
Dan Doolan



10 7-2
CSOM_97 66-64 73-66 10 7-3
Kwani Lunis



9 8-2
Joe Gravellese 77-71 76-60 7 6-4
Dan Rubin .64-61
74-61 7 7-2
Grant Salzano 68-65 64-60 7 5-5

Leave your thoughts / predictions on Boston College-Pitt and Boston College-Miami below. Go Eagles!