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BOSTON COLLEGE VS. MIAMI – ALL-TIME SERIES

  • Today’s game marks the 54th meeting between the two schools. The Eagles hold a 27-26 lead in the all-time series.
  • In ACC regular-season play, BC is 10-17 versus the Hurricanes. Last season, the two teams won on their respective home floors.
  • On Jan. 12, BC earned an 84-62 win at Conte Forum. On March 5, Miami outlasted the Eagles, 80-76, in Coral Gables.
  • The home team has been victorious in each of the last six meetings.
  • 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 14-10 vs. Miami at Conte Forum all-time.

GIMME THAT

  • Jaeden Zackery’s 49 steals so far this season is the fourth-most steals by a Boston College freshman.
  • Dana Barros holds BCs freshman single-season mark – 57 – set during the 1985-96 season.
  • Ryan Sidney (56, 2000-01) and Duane Woodward (55, 1994-95) rank second and third, respectively.
  • Zackery’s 49 steals is tied for the fourth-highest total in the ACC; his 1.75 steals/game average also ranks fourth in the ACC.
  • Among all freshmen nationally, Zackery ranks tied for ninth in total steals and 12th in steals/game

FLIP THE SCRIPT ON THE IDES OF MARCH

  • With a win today, Boston College would notch its first win in the month of March since the 2017-18 season.
  • On March 7, 2018, the Eagles bested N.C. State in the second round of the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn.
  • BC’s last regular-season win in March came against Wake Forest (79-61) on March 7, 2015.
  • Boston College has lost its last 12 games in the month of March.

ON THIS DATE: MARCH 2

  • Boston College is 6-5 all-time – and 1-1 in ACC play – in games played on the March 2 calendar date.
  • March 2 marks the celebration of National Read Across America and National Banana Cream Pie Day.
  • Several notable events in history occurred on March 2 – 1799 – Congress standardizes U.S. weights & measures; 1836 – Texas declares its independence from Mexico; 1853 – Territory of Washington separates from Oregon Territory; 1861 – Congress creates Dakota and Nevada territories out of Nebraska and Utah; 1951 – Boston Garden plays host to the first NBA All-Star game; 1959 – a groundbreaking ceremony held for the Sydney Opera House; 1962 – Wilt Chamberlin shoots 36-63 from the floor and 28-32 from the foul line, scoring 100 points en route to a 169-147 win against the N.Y. Knicks.
  • Notable March 2 birthdays: actress Rebel Wilson; author Dr. Seuss; rock star Jon Bon Jovi; actor Daniel Craig; rapper Method Man; Heisman; former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev; actor Desi Arnaz; Hall of Fame Basketball Coaches Clair Bee and Denny Crum.

POST PRESENCE AT N.C. STATE

  • Quinten Post made 9-of-10 shots from the floor at N.C. State, finishing with 18 points.
  • Over the last 25 years, only four BC players have shot 90% or better from the floor, with a minimum of 10 field goals attempted.
  • The last Eagle to do so was Ryan Anderson (11-12) against Harvard on Dec. 4, 2012.
  • Corey Raji (12-12) vs. Maine on Dec. 23, 2008, and Craig Smith (10-10) vs. St. Bonaventure on Dec. 4, 2002, did not miss.

ZACKERY IN RARE ACC COMPANY

  • Jaeden Zackery posted a complete stat line vs. Florida State.
  • He had 18 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals while committing one turnover in 35 minutes of play.
  • Zackery’s rebounds, assists, and steals totals were all season-highs.
  • Over the last 25 seasons, only one other player posted that stat line or better in an ACC game.
  • Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert did so against Virginia Tech on Jan. 25, 2011 (22 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists, 7 steals).

MAKING THEIR POINT

  • Over the last seven games, Boston College’s primary playmakers have been highly efficient.
  • In addition to scoring 14.0 points per game, Jaeden Zackery has registered 29 assists to eight turnovers (3.63:1 Assist/TO).
  • The freshman has also notched 21 steals over the last seven ball games (2.63:1 Steal/TO).
  • Makai Ashton-Langford has dished out 33 assists to 14 turnovers (2.36:1 ATR) while logging 12 steals (0.86:1 Steal/TO).
  • Ashton-Langford registered new career-highs in assists (9) and steals (4) against Florida State.
  • On the season, both Zackery and Ashton-Langford rank among the top 25 in the ACC in assist/TO and steal/TO ratios.

KARNIK THE CATALYST

  • In six ACC wins, James Karnik is averaging 14.5 points and 8.2 rebounds while shooting 70% (37-53) from the floor.
  • In 12 ACC losses, Karnik is posting 8.8 points and 4.8 boards per outing, making 47% (42-90) of his FG attempts.
  • When Karnik scores 16 or more points, Boston College is 4-3 – all of those games have come in ACC play.
  • When Karnik scores at least in double figures, BC is 6-6 – including a 5-5 record in conference games.
  • Karnik is scoring 15.8 points per game and shooting 65.5% (78-119) when he reaches double digits in the scoring column.-

ZACKERY MAKING AN IMPACT

  • Jaeden Zackery ranks third on BC in scoring (10.3), second in assists (2.8), and first in steals (1.8) this season.
  • Among all ACC first-year players, Zackery ranks sixth in scoring, third in assists, and first in steals.
  • With 49 steals, Jaeden Zackery has registered the fourth-most swipes in a season by a Boston College freshman.
  • He has reached double-digits 14 times and has led the Eagles in scoring on six occasions.
  • Zackery is one of 24 players nationally – and only four frosh – to shoot 45% or better from 3-point land (min. 40 3FGM).
  • Against Syracuse on Feb. 8, he had a team-high 18 points with season-bests in rebounds (6), assists (6), and steals (3).
  • Since 1996, 10 BC players matched Zackery’s stat line vs. Syracuse – 18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals
  • They are: Ryan Sidney (three times), Ky Bowman (twice), Troy Bell (twice), Tyrese Rice, and Troy Bell.
  • However, Zackery is the ONLY Boston College player to register that stat line without committing a turnover.
  • The Salem, Wisc. product has registered an effective FG% of 54.6% and a true shooting percentage of 56.8% in 28 games.
  • He was named to the Sunshine Slam All-Tourney team, after scoring a season-high 19 points against Rhode Island.
  • Earlier this season, he became the first BC freshman to dish out at least six assists in consecutive games in nearly a decade.
  • Zackery was a 2020-21 NJCAA Third Team All-American out of Chipola College in Florida.

BACKCOURT BEST SERVED LATE

  • Makai Ashton-Langford and Jaeden Zackery are scoring at a higher clip in the second half.
  • Ashton-Langford is scoring 6.9 of his 11.9 points per game in the second half – nearly 60% of his scoring.
  • Zackery is averaging 6.0 points during the second half – nearly 60% of his scoring.  He is scoring 10.3 points per game.
  • Twenty-two of Zackery’s 43 3-pointers have come in the second half; 10 of those 22 in the final 5:00 of regulation.

PATTERNS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR MAKAI

  • Makai Ashton-Langford has shown marked statistical improvement, year over year, from 2020-21 to this season.
  • Ashton-Langford is scoring 3.3 more points/game, leading BC at 11.9 ppg.  He was at 9.6 points per game in 2020-21.
  • His rebounding and assists per game figures are also improved by 0.5, and 0.3 per game, respectively.
  • In 28 games, Ashton-Langford has posted three 20+ performances.  In his previous 90 games, he had scored 20+ once.
  • Ashton-Langford has scored in double digits in 20 of 28 games for BC in 2021-22.
  • From 2017-20, he scored in double figures 14 times over a 78-game span.
  • He has led the team in scoring six times this year; he did so twice from 2017-20 at both Providence and Boston College.
  • In ACC games, Ashton-Langford is averaging +2.0 ppg year over year – 12.0 in 2021-22 vs. 10.0 in 2020-21.
  • His points/rebounding averages are also improved year over year in ACC play: 12.0/3.8 in 2021-22 vs. 10.0/3.3 in 2020-21.

DEMARR TRENDING

  • Over his last eight games, DeMarr Langford Jr. is averaging 13.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists.
  • He’s shooting nearly 54% (42-79) from the floor over the span while registering an assist/turnover ratio of 1.67:1.
  • Last time out vs. Clemson, Langford Jr. grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds (four OReb; seven DReb).
  • Returning from injury at N.C. State, Langford Jr. posted a full stat line – nine points, five boards, three assists, and four steals.
  • On Feb. 16 at Notre Dame, Langford Jr. scored a career-high 23 points (10-14) to go with seven rebounds.
  • The 6-5 guard had 16 points against #7/7 Duke – 10 coming in the second half
  • On Feb. 8, Langford Jr. had 14 points (6-9 FG) and six rebounds at home against Syracuse.
  • The sophomore had his second-best scoring night of the season against Pitt on Jan. 30, pouring in 17 points.
  • Langford Jr. added 11 points and five boards at Virginia on Feb. 1.
  • He scored 10 points on five shots in 16 first-half minutes at Syracuse before leaving the game with an injury.
  • The Worcester wing ranks second on BC in scoring (11.0), fourth in rebounding (4.7), and third in assists (2.1).
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