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Syracuse WBB vs. Boston College: Preview, Updates and #OrangeEagle Breakdown

The Orange goes for the season sweep against the Eagles tonight in the Carrier Dome.

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The Syracuse Orange women's basketball team welcomes in Boston College to the Carrier Dome, the second game in the season series.

The Orange (18-8, 8-5) is looking to bounce back from a poor offensive performance when it shot a season low 24 percent and needed a late run to pull away from ACC-worst Virginia Tech.

Boston College (12-13, 4-8) has gone 3-8 on the road this season, but comes into the game on a two game winning streak following victories against N.C. State and Wake Forest.  In their last meeting, the Orange won, 64-46, against the Eagles in Chestnut Hill, despite missing center Briana Day to an ankle injury.  Syracuse gets the benefit of having Day back in the lineup for Round Two against the Eagles, as well as home court advantage.  The Orange is 11-2 this season in the Carrier Dome.

"It's going to be a good game," Quentin Hillsman said.  "They played us really, really tough there the first game and we came out and made some plays left to win the game. Hopefully, we can play well and get off to a good start."

Here's what else you need to know to get caught up on the season:

Poll Update:

Syracuse stayed at No. 25 in the AP Poll and fell out of the Coaches Poll after splitting its two games last week.  Last Thursday, the Orange lost to the Miami Hurricanes, 85-71, which was its first loss of the season to an unranked team.  Those struggles continued on Sunday, when the Orange narrowly avoided an embarrassing loss to the Hokies, who are 1-12 in conference play.

Bracketology:

An unimpressive week didn't hurt Syracuse's standing in the latest bracketology projections.  The Orange stayed pat as a No. 7 seed in the latest projections from ESPN's Charlie Creme.  In his bracket, Syracuse would face an old foe, Seton Hall, in College Park, Maryland.

Attendance Drive:

Despite its rankings and recent success, Syracuse hasn't been able to leverage its on-court achievements to get people to the Carrier Dome. The team averages 668 fans per home game, the worst in the ACC by more than 100 fans.  That looks very empty in a venue that holds more than 35,000.  Our own fearless leader, Sean Keeley, wants to change that.  He wants TNIAAM to take over a section this Sunday and get Syracuse its highest attendance of the season.  If you're interested, click on this link and type the promo code TNIAAM.  Tickets are only $5.

#OrangeEagle Update:

With just three regular season matchups left, Syracuse is clinging to a 48-45 lead and could earn another three points tonight.  After tonight, there are only 12 head-to-head points left, barring a matchup in postseason play.  The deciding factor could be bonus points for tournament success, which favors the Eagles in hockey and Orange in lacrosse.  For a full breakdown, you can check out BCI's post from Monday.

What to Watch For Tonight:

  • Brianna Butler needs just five 3-pointers to become Syracuse's career leader in that department.  The current record (229) was set by Julie McBride back in 2004.  Butler already broke the record for most 3-pointers attempted last Thursday, also eclipsing McBride.
  • Butler isn't the only player who's on pace to shatter some records.  Briana Day, Syracuse's double-double machine, is on pace to break a 34-year old team record for rebounds in a season. At 269 boards, she's just 32 shy of Martha Mogish's total.  Day averages 10.8 boards per game, a level that puts her on pace to break the mark during Syracuse's regular season finale on Feb. 26.
  • Alexis Peterson has become Syracuse's best scorer and best player, averaging just over 15 points per game.  But she's coming off a 3-of-12 shooting day against the Hokies, when she did most of her damage at the free throw line.  Peterson had a quiet 11 point night in her previous matchup against Boston College, but chipped in with six assists and three steals.
  • As for how the teams matchup, watch for the turnover totals.  The Orange leads the ACC in turnover margin and has forced more turnovers on its opponent in all but two games this season.  Boston College, meanwhile, averages 18 errors per game and withered under the Syracuse press in the first matchup.