Boston College Eagles Look to Bounce Back Tuesday vs. Miami

Boston College Eagles Look to Bounce Back Tuesday vs. Miami

BOSTON COLLEGE VS. MIAMI – ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Today’s game marks the 52nd meeting between the two schools.
  • Today’s game is the first of two regular-season matchups.
  • The Eagles hold a 26-25 lead in the all-time series.
  • In ACC regular-season play, BC is 9-16 versus the Hurricanes.
  • Last season, BC lost, 85-58, at Miami on Feb. 12, 2020.
  • Six of the last eight games between BC and Miami have been decided by seven points or fewer.
  • From 1989-2004, both schools were members of the Big East.
  • BC compiled a 15-6 mark versus Miami during that span.
  • The Eagles are 13-10 vs. the Canes at Conte Forum.

BOSTON COLLEGE IN ACC PLAY

  • Boston College is 87-173 in 15 seasons in the ACC.
  • Last year, BC was 7-13 in ACC play, finishing 10th.
  • It marked the most ACC wins since the 2017-18 season and was the seventh time since 2005-06 that BC had at least seven ACC wins.
  • BC’s best ACC mark came in its inaugural season, going 11-5 in conference play in 2005-06 en route to a third-place finish.
  • BC tied for third in 2006-07 (10-6) and was fourth in 2010-11 (9-7).

BOSTON COLLEGE AT CONTE FORUM

  • Boston College is 325-191 all-time – and 59-70 in ACC games – played at the Silvio O. Conte Forum.
  • Last year, BC was 10-8 overall at home – the 18th time that BC won 10+ games at Conte Forum in a single-season.

START TALKING TABBS FOR COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

  • Wynston Tabbs should be in the conversation for both ACC and National Comeback Player of the Year.
  • This season, Tabbs ranks first on Boston College – and 21st in the ACC – in scoring, at 13.3 points per game.
  • Tabbs is also 10th-best in the ACC in 3-pointers made, averaging 2.2 3FG/g.
  • Tabbs returned to the court after a 676-day injury layoff – one of 10 players to return in 2020-21 after a 600+ day layoff.
  • The Suitland, Md. native has scored in double figures in nine of 11 games this year.
  • He has posted two games with at least 23 points this season, including 24 points on Dec. 8 at Minnesota.
  • At N.C. State, Tabbs scored 12 of his team-high 18 points in the second half.
  • Against Rhode Island, Tabbs saw 35 minutes of action, tallying his first collegiate double-double: 16 points and 10 boards.
  • In 2018-19, Tabbs was one of the best young guards in the country, averaging 14.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, and 3.0 apg prior to the injury.
  • When Tabbs was in the lineup in 2018-19, the Eagles were 10-5 – including wins over tourney teams Minnesota, Florida State.
  • He was named the ACC Rookie and CBS Sports/Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week on Dec. 17, 2018.
  • Tabbs became the first freshman in BC history to score at least 15 points in each of his first three games.

ON THIS DATE: JANUARY 12

  • Boston College is 13-12 and 2-2 in ACC play in games played on the January 12 calendar date.
  • Several notable events in history occurred on January 12 – 1777: Mission Santa Clara de Asia founded in California; 1803: The U.S. Senate approves the negotiated purchase of New Orleans; 1924: the History of Science Society organized in Boston; 1932: Hattie Caraway from Arkansas becomes the first woman elected to Congress; 1957: The Southern Christian Leadership Council founded with Martin Luther King Jr. as its leader; 1959: Berry Gordy founds Motown Records in Detroit.
  • Notable January 12 birthdays: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier; radio personality Howard Stern; John Winthrop, governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; author Jack London; and Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm).
  • January 12 also marks the dual celebration of National Pharmacist and National Curried Chicken Days.

CAREER NIGHT AT DUKE FOR FELDER

  • CJ Felder scored a career-high 24 points at Duke, making 10-of-13 field goals – including 4-of-6 from the perimeter.
  • The sophomore forward also corraled four rebounds – three on the offensive glass – while blocking three shots.
  • On the season, Felder leads Boston College in FG%, connecting on 54.2% of his shot attempts (39-72).
  • Through 11 games, Felder is 13-of-36 from beyond the arc, good for 36.1%.  Entering the season, he was 5-of-31 from 3FG.
  • He ranks 29th nationally in 2-point FG%, making 26-of-36 inside the arc – good for 72.2%.
  • Felder also ranks fourth in the ACC in blocked shots, averaging 1.8 swats per contest.
  • He has registered new career-highs in scoring, rebounding, steals, and blocks through the first 11 games of the season.
  • At Minnesota, Felder pulled down a career-best 11 rebounds, narrowly missing his first collegiate double-double.
  • Felder blocked four shots in the season opener against #3 Villanova and tied his career-best in steals (two) against Maine.

BOO FROM THE WOO – LANGFORD JR. EMERGING

  • DeMarr Langford Jr. registered new season-highs in scoring in back-to-back contests this past week.
  • Last time out vs. Virginia, Langford Jr. tallied a season-high 14 points, connecting on 5-of-7 shots  (1-2 3FG).
  • He earned the start in both games this past week, tallying 12 points, eight boards, three assists, and two steals at Duke.
  •  – had 12 points, eight ), rebounds (8), assists (3), and steals (2) at Duke.
  • In his second collegiate start, the freshman wing connected on 5-of-7 shots from the floor in 34 minutes of play.
  • Through 11 games, Langford Jr. is averaging close to 6.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.3 assists, and 1.0 steals in 22:00 per game.
  • Langford Jr. – nicknamed Boo by his grandmother – is the younger brother of starting point guard Makai Ashton-Langford.
  • On Nov. 26 vs. Rhode Island, they became the first brothers who are Massachusetts natives to start the same game for BC.

BACKCOURT GETTING BUCKETS

  • Boston College guards are responsible for 66.6% of the overall scoring through 11 games in 2020-21.
  • The starting troika of Wynston TabbsJay Heath, and Makai Ashton-Langford account for 45% of the team’s points.

THE HEATER

  • Jay Heath has reached double digits in the scoring column on seven occasions this season.
  • Against Louisville, Heath scored a career-high 20 points (5-10 FG; 4-6 3FG; 6-7 FT).
  • He scored 17 points at N.C. State (7-15 FG; 3-6 3FG) and at Minnesota, had 16 points, knocking down four 3-pointers.
  • Against #3 Villanova, Heath had 16 points to go with four boards, two assists, and a blocked shot.
  • Heath had 13 points in 31 minutes against St. John’s making three 3-pointers.
  • One of the top freshmen in the ACC a season ago, Heath was the first BC frosh since 2012-13 to lead the team in scoring.
  • The 6-3 guard averaged 13.1 points per game in 2019-20 and set a new BC freshman 3-pointers record, with 65 made.
  • He reached double figures on 26 occasions, second only to Duke’s Vernon Carey (29) – the ACC Rookie of the Year.
  • Heath was one of three freshmen – Carey and Landers Nolley II (VT) – to rank among the top 20 in the league in scoring.

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  • Rich Kelly is averaging 9.6 points and 2.2 assists this season – his first in a Boston College uniform.
  • Kelly ranks seventh in the ACC in bench scoring through nine games; he has started the last two games.
  • Through two starts this season, Kelly is averaging 13.0 points per game.
  • In his first start at Duke, Kelly scored a season-high 16 points.  He added 10 points last time out vs. Virginia.
  • He has reached double figures in the scoring column in seven of 11 games this year.
  • He is connecting on 38% (17-45) from beyond the arc and his 17 3-pointers rank third on the team through 11 games.
  • He has 213 career 3-pointers – 31st-most among all active players – and is connecting from deep at a 38.8% career clip.

WELL-ROUNDED

  • Steffon Mitchell – an All-ACC and ACC All-Defensive team selection a season ago returns for his fourth season in 2020-21.
  • He ranks sixth among active players in career rebounding (829) and first in career assists (241) among players 6-8 or taller,
  • He leads BC in rebounds (6.6 rpg) and is poised to become the third BC player to lead the team on the glass all four years.
  • Only Craig Smith and Bill Curley have led BC in rebounding in each of their four seasons on the Heights.
  • He was the first BC freshman to average more than 8.0 rebounds per game, is one of six players to lead the Eagles on the glass in each of his first three seasons, and one of eight to lead BC in rebounding average on three occasions.
  • In 2019-20, he was the only player in DI to average: 7.8 points. 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.2 steals,1.0 blocks per game.
  • Mitchell also ranked second in steals (2.2), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.92:1), fifth in steal/turnover ratio (1.36:1), 18th in assists (3.1), and 15th in blocked shots (1.0) in the ACC last season.
  • His 2.2 steals/game average ranked 14th nationally and he was the tallest player in the top 30 for steals nationally
  • Mitchell has led BC in at least one statistical category (points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks) in 91 of his 102 career games.

KARNIK PUTTING UP NUMBERS OFF BENCH

  • In his eight games since gaining his eligibility waiver, James Karnik has shined in a reserve role for the Eagles.
  • The 6-9 forward is averaging 7.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.  Karnik ranks second on the team on the glass.
  • Karnik led BC with 20 points (8-13 FG) – one off his career-high – to go with eight boards vs. Syracuse.
  • He has scored in double figures twice and has seven or more rebounds on five occasions.

HOPING THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER IN 2020-21

  • Last season, Boston College ranked 184th nationally in 3-pointers per game, making 7.2 3FG per outing.
  • The Eagles are tied for 66th this season, making 8.7 3-pointers per game in 2020-21.

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