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BOSTON COLLEGE VS. PITTSBURGH – ALL-TIME SERIES
- Today’s game marks the 58th meeting between the two schools. Boston College is 21-36 all-time vs. Pittsburgh.
- Pitt is BC’s ninth all-time most common opponent (58 games).
- In ACC regular-season play, the Eagles are 3-7 versus the Panthers.
- The two teams split their regular-season series, with the home team earning the victory in each matchup.
- Boston College won, 69-56, on Jan. 30 at Conte Forum. Pitt took a 69-67 victory on Jan. 8 at the Petersen Events Center.
- From 1989-2004, both schools were members of the Big East. The Eagles compiled a 15-27 mark vs. Pitt during that span.
- BC downed Pitt, 79-57, to capture the 2001 Big East Championship.
- Boston College is 0-1 in ACCT play and 3-5 in conference tournaments all-time versus Pittsburgh.
- Pitt assistant coach Tim O’Toole’s father Tom was inducted as a member of the Boston College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977.
- Tom O’Toole played for the Eagles from 1949-52, finishing his career with 703 points, averaging 10.3 points per game for Al McClelland.
BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT
- In 26 games in ACC Tournament play, Boston College is 10-16. Last year, BC lost, 86-51, to Duke in the opening round.
- BC advanced to the 2018 ACC quarterfinals in Brooklyn. In 2006, BC advanced to the ACC title game in Greensboro.
- That season – the school’s first-ever ACC Tourney – BC downed Maryland (80-66) and North Carolina (85-82) before falling in the championship game to Duke (78-76).
BOSTON COLLEGE IN THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN
- Boston College is 3-4 all-time at Barclays Center and 5-9 all-time in games played in the borough of Brooklyn.
- In 2018, the Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the New York Life ACC Tournament at Barclays Center.
- BC went 0-2 in the 2016 Barclays Center Classic MTE, falling to Kansas State and Richmond.
- The Eagles lost a single game against VCU at Barclays in 2013, while downing Fordham in 2015.
- Boston College is 1-3 against St. Francis College in Brooklyn and 0-2 at Brooklyn College.
TODAY’S BOSTON COLLEGE NOTE(S) YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
- Boston College has three of the 15 ACC players who have an assist/TO of at least 1.40:1 and a steal/TO ratio of 0.72:1.
- They are: Makai Ashton-Langford (1.67:1/0.72), Jaeden Zackery (1:41;1/0.90), and DeMarr Langford Jr. (1.54:1/0.80:1).
- Ashton-Langford becomes the first BC player since Ky Bowman to: 1. lead the Eagles in scoring and assists; 2. lead the Eagles in assists in two consecutive seasons; 3. reach the 100 mark in total assists in a season.
ON THIS DATE: MARCH 8
- Boston College is 4-9 all-time – and 0-3 in ACC Tournament play-in games played on the March 8 calendar date.
- In 1990, BC and Pitt squared off in the opening round of the Big East Tournament, with the Panthers winning, 88-70.
- March 8 marks the celebration of National Proofreading and National Peanut Cluster Day.
- Several notable events in history occurred on March 8 – 1817 – The New York Stock Exchange is founded; 1894 – New York enacts the nation’s first dog-licensing law; 1913 – The Internal Revenue Service begins to collect income taxes; 1936 – the first stock car race is held in Daytona Beach, Fla.; 1971 – Joe Frazier ends Muhammad Ali’s 31-fight win streak at MSG.
- Notable March 8 birthdays: U.S. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendall Holmes; blues guitarist Mississippi John Hurt; former N.Y. Yankees pitcher/author Jim Bouton; Hall of Fame outfielder Jim Rice of the Boston Red Sox.
- Jaeden Zackery’s 53 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 53 steals is tied for the fourth-highest total in the ACC; his 1.77 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 2018 ACC Tournament.
- 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 14 games in the month of March.
MAKING THEIR POINT
- Over the last nine games, Boston College’s primary playmakers have been highly efficient.
- In addition to scoring 13.8 points per game, Jaeden Zackery has registered 34 assists to 12 turnovers (2.83:1 Assist/TO).
- The freshman has also notched 25 steals over the last nine ball games (2.78:1 Steal/TO).
- Makai Ashton-Langford has dished out 38 assists to 16 turnovers (2.38:1 ATR) while logging 16 steals (1.00:1 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 10 in the ACC in assist/TO and steal/TO ratios.
BACKCOURT BEST SERVED LATE
- Makai Ashton-Langford and Jaeden Zackery are scoring at a higher clip in the second half.
- Ashton-Langford is scoring 7.2 of his 12.1 points per game in the second half – nearly 60% of his scoring.
- Zackery is averaging 6.2 points during the second half – nearly 60% of his scoring. He is scoring 10.4 points per game.
- Twenty-three of Zackery’s 47 3-pointers have come in the second half; 10 of those 23 in the final 5:00 of regulation.
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 14 ACC losses, Karnik is posting 9.6 points and 4.9 boards per outing, making 49% (52-106) of his FG attempts.
- When Karnik scores 16 or more points, Boston College is 4-4 – all of those games have come in ACC play.
- When Karnik scores at least in double figures, BC is 6-8 – including a 5-7 record in conference games.
- Karnik is scoring 15.6 points per game and shooting 65.2% (88-135) when he reaches double digits in the scoring column.
POST ONE OF TOP RESERVES IN THE ACC
- While he has earned the start in the last four games (seven starts overall – Quinten Post is among the best ACC reserves.
- Post leads the ACC in scoring (9.3), rebounding (5.7), and blocks (1.0) coming off the bench (min. 20 games)
- Post is averaging 19:45 of playing time off the bench this season for Boston College
- He has come off the bench in 75% of the games in which he has appeared in 2021-22.
- Post is shooting 50.4% from the floor (70-139) and 73% from the FT line (40-55) in reserve play for the Eagles
- In 12 ACC games, averaging 9.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting just under 50% (44-89).
- Poured in a career-high 24 points (10-14 FG), while adding nine rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench vs. Georgia Tech.
- Has scored in double digits in 12 of 20 games as a reserve, including two double-doubles.
ZACKERY MAKING AN IMPACT
- Jaeden Zackery ranks third on BC in scoring (10.4), 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 53 steals, Jaeden Zackery has registered the fourth-most swipes in a season by a Boston College freshman.
- He has reached double-digits 15 times and has led the Eagles in scoring on seven occasions.
- Zackery is one of 13 players nationally – and only four frosh – to shoot 46% or better from 3-point land (min. 47 3FGM).
- He has scored a season-best 19 points twice, including the regular-season finale at Georgia Tech.
- 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.
- Zackery was a 2020-21 NJCAA Third Team All-American out of Chipola College in Florida.
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 nearly 3.0 more points/game, leading BC at 12.1 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 30 games this year, Ashton-Langford has posted four 20+ performances. In his previous 90 games, he had 20+ once.
- Ashton-Langford has scored in double digits in 22 of 30 games for BC in 2021-22.
- From 2017-20, he scored in double figures 14 times over a 78-game span.
- From 2017-21, made 31 career 3-pointers. He has connected on 38 this season.
- He has led the team in scoring seven 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.
- Over his last 10 games, DeMarr Langford Jr. is averaging 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 2.1 assists.
- He’s shooting nearly 52% (51-99) from the floor over the span while registering an assist/turnover ratio of 1.40:1.
- In the regular-season finale at Georgia Tech, he tallied 17 points, eight boards, two assists, and three steals.
- On March 2, the sophomore wing dished out a career-best four assists against Miami.
- On Feb. 26 vs. Clemson, Langford Jr. grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds (four OReb; seven DReb).
- He scored 10 points on five shots in 16 first-half minutes at Syracuse on Feb. 19 before leaving the game with an injury.
- Returning from injury at N.C. State on Feb. 23, he 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 on Feb. 12 – 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.
- The Worcester wing ranks second on BC in scoring (10.9), fourth in rebounding (4.7), and third in assists (2.1).
GALLOWAY CONTRIBUTING OVER THE LAST FOUR
- Over his last five games, Brevin Galloway is averaging 9.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.0 steals per outing.
- Galloway is posting a 2.00:1 assist/turnover ratio and a 1.43:1 steal/turnover ratio over the five games.
- During the five-game stretch, the graduate student has connected on 11 3-pointers.
- He ranks sixth on the team in scoring, averaging 8.0 points per game, and ranks second on BC in 3-pointers, with 39.