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Boston College Men’s Basketball vs. Syracuse: Final Thoughts and Predictions

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Happy #orangeagle everyone

John Wallace

It’s here.

The long wait since BC’s men’s basketball team fell to the Florida State Seminoles in the ACC Tournament is now over.

For the first time this season, the Boston College Eagles will play a conference game. The Eagles will look to get off a 19 game conference game schnide (including the loss in the ACC Tournament) when the Eagles take on the Syracuse Orange at Conte Forum on New Year’s Day.

How Did Boston College Do Last Time Out?

RECAP: Boston College Men’s Basketball Shocks Providence College 79-67

How Did Syracuse Do Last Time Out? Syracuse basketball roars past Cornell in final non-conference game

Syracuse Key Stats:

76.7 ppg (123rd in country)

64.2 paa (39th)

39.6 rpg (39th)

Things to Look Out For With Syracuse:

  • Don’t Be The Team in the Bounce-Back Game: It’s not a secret that the Orange have struggled with out-of-conference play thus far. In fact, said that Syracuse was “amongst [the] biggest disappointments in ACC so far” The five losses the Orange have suffered are the most non-conference losses suffered during Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Yet no one can argue the fact that Syracuse is underachieving. The Orange should be better than this, and have the chance to prove it in out-of-conference play, and will likely come out ready to play to start out. BC can’t let that happen.
  • The Past Needs to be the Past: On the flipside, BC needs to let last season be past it. This is a new season. While the nation will certainly look at this season in the frame of last season (we certainly will), the team cannot. Let this new season be a fresh start, and build on some of the positives that happened earlier this season.
  • THREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE: One thing the 2-3 is vulnerable to is shots beyond the arc. In Syracuse’s five losses, teams shot 38.1% from beyond the arc, with three of those teams shooting above 40%. The thing is, this is something the Eagles can copy. BC shot 50% from beyond the arc against Auburn in the first half, and shot 52.4% from beyond the arc against Providence. Point is, it’s doable for BC, and not just against run-of-the-mill teams. BC can win this game beyond the arc.
  • Make Your Free Throws: In 13 games played, BC has shot better than 70% from the stripe four times. That’s not going to fly from here on out.

Random, Possibly Incorrect Fact from Syracuse’s Wikipedia Page

Syracuse owns a Sheraton Hotel.

A Good Alcoholic Accompaniment To Be Drunk In Moderation

(note: the final thoughts and predictions offer this alcoholic accompaniment in recognition of the author's post 21st birthday life. final thoughts and predictions supports responsible drinking. this is a drink to be enjoyed for people 21 years of age and older)

Victory Prima Pils

With being home and everything, I’ve had a lot more brews made near my home. From the water of the Brandywine River, we have Victory Prima Pils, a light and crisp beer, very drinkable.

Also, it may or may not have been part of a flight I tasted Thursday when my family visited the Victory Brewery.

Rating the Opposing Mascot

Otto the Orange

(editors note: the mascot grader has returned from a pit of oblivion from last game’s grading of the Providence Friar. We appreciate your notes of sympathy)

Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v Pittsburgh Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

That’s a fruit. Your mascot is a fruit. No.

Songs of the Game:

Happy New Years Everyone.

Also, bonus song, since we love U2 here:


I think this is BC’s first chance at an upset, so why not?

Arthur: 70-66 BC

Grant: 68-61 BC

A.J.: 72-70 BC

Laura: 77-74 BC

Eric: 79-76 BC