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Syracuse vs. Boston College: TV/streaming, time, odds, history & more

Can the Orange turn it around against the Eagles?

NCAA Basketball: Pittsburgh at Syracuse Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Teams: Syracuse Orange (14-6, 5-2) vs. Boston College Eagles (11-7, 2-4)

Day & Time: Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 8 p.m. ET

Location: Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Line: TBD. ESPN’s BPI gives Syracuse a 65.4 percent chance of beating Boston College.

TV/Streaming: RSN (check your local affiliate)/ACC Network Extra

Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius XM 956 (Syracuse), 974 (BC)

Boston College blog: BC Interruption

Rivalry: 47-26, Syracuse

Current Streak: 1, Boston College

First Meeting: Dino Martin showed up to Manley Field House to sing the hits, and after a rousing rendition of “Volare”... Oh, different guy.

BC won 78-71, while Pete “Chudy” Chudy grabbed 13 points and Jon Cincebox grabbed 19 rebounds. Someone probably played “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” just to commemorate the loss.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Boston College Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Last Meeting: The game last season in Chestnut Hill was a little like this year’s Syracuse game with Georgia Tech at the Carrier Dome. The Orange, which should have been desperate for a road victory against a supposedly lesser team, never got comfortable on offense and defense and ultimately were embarrassed, 85-70.

(You could say that’s also like the game this past Saturday at Virginia Tech, but the difference is that Syracuse wasn’t expected to beat the Hokies. While it wasn’t a stone-cold lock against BC in February of 2018, not many people thought SU would get run out in the second half the way it did.)

The Eagles were led by Ky Bowman, who tallied a team-high 23, and Jerome Robinson who pitched in with 22 points of his own. Furthermore, Jordan Chatman added 18 unexpected points for Boston College, hitting on 5 of his 10 three-point attempts.

In fact, as a team BC drilled 14 of its total 27 attempts from distance, nine of those coming in the first half alone. The vaunted 2-3 zone of Syracuse was shredded all night. Any time Syracuse made a run, like when it got to within six points of the Eagles with about 12 minutes to play, Boston College would made a shot from deep. Actually, after cutting the deficit to 58 to 51, the Orange then watched BC go on a 15-6 run to essentially close out the win.

In the loss, sophomore Tyus Battle scored a game-high 29 points for Syracuse, which lost its third-straight game.

NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Head Coaches: SU: Jim Boeheim (43rd year, 1041-377; Boston College: Jim Christian (5th year, 58-90)

Coach Bio: Christian left Long Island for the Boston area (BU), then transferred to Rhode Island to close his college basketball career. He spent a season playing for the Sydney City Comets of the Australian Basketball Association before coming back to the States to serve as an assistant under his high school coach Ralph Willard, at Western Kentucky. Christian bounced around from St. Francis (PA), back to WKU, then Miami (OH), Pitt and Kent State before taking over the Golden Flashes in 2002. Two MAC titles in his final three years led him to TCU, but he didn’t see similar success with the Horned Frogs, just making the CBI once. At Ohio, he won 24 and 25 games, respectively, before BC hired him. This is the first season the Eagles have won more than 13 games under Christian.

Last Year: Boston College more than doubled its win total from the previous season during the 2017-18 campaign. That might look better than it actually is, but still, BC was vastly improved last season. Jim Christian’s club went from 9-23 in ‘16-’17 overall to 19-16 in ‘18-’19, including upping the ACC win total from two to seven.

However, even factoring in the better play, the Eagles were still relegated to the NIT, where they lost in the first round to Western Kentucky.

With key players like Ky Bowman and Jerome Robinson, Boston College proved to be a feisty opponent. The Eagles tipped off the ACC portion of the schedule by taking down then-No. 1 Duke, 89-84, at home. They also secured a victory over No. 25 Miami (72-70) and even won two ACC tourney games before bowing out against Clemson in the quarters.

NCAA Basketball: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Last Game: After losing five games in a row, the Eagles have beaten Florida State and Wake Forest in consecutive games. The victory at Wake this past weekend came after Ky Bowman drilled a three-ball with just 16 second to play in regulation. The desperation long-ball helped give the Eagles the lead for the first time in the second half and helped give them the victory, 65-61.

Bowman scored just 14 points for the game, a good seven points below his season average. But he hit the big shot when it mattered, one that came during a 9-0 run to close out the game. Jordan Chatman (remember him?) pitched in 18 points, he also hit a three that tied the game up at 61 with just under two and a half minutes left in the game. And Nik Popovic, a 6-foot-11, 242-pound forward who could bully a few Orange players in the paint, contributed 21 points and 11 boards in the win.

”Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Bowman averaged 21.5 points against Syracuse in two games last season. The junior guard also made 10 of 19 total three-point attempts verses the Orange in those two games. While he struggled against Wake Forest over the weekend, Bowman remains a threat and can clearly put up good numbers against Syracuse’s zone. Bowman also shoots close to 80 percent from the free-throw line, and finds a way to grab eight rebounds per game.

The Orange will also have to contend with Chatman, who shoots about 37 percent from deep, and Popovic, who has recorded six double-doubles this season.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Duke Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

If Syracuse Wins: What game at Virginia Tech? Syracuse needs to move on from that beat-down in Blacksburg as quickly as possible, and playing at Boston College isn’t a bad way to try and get the ship righted.

A victory here doesn’t erase that loss, obviously, but it gives the Orange another conference victory on the road. And outside of the home loss to Georgia Tech, Syracuse hasn’t slipped up in these types of winnable games this season. In other words, this is an “avoid the questionable loss on the NCAA Tournament resume” type of game.

If Syracuse Loses: Barf.

Welp, a loss here wouldn’t end the season, so there’s that going for you. But a defeat to the Eagles makes it more likely that we’re all just extras in the movie “Groundhog Day 2: Syracuse Basketball Back on the Bubble, Again.”

Fun Fact No. 1: The folks at Boston College claim “For Boston,” is the oldest fight song in the nation. A quick Wiki search shows that T.J. Hurley crafted the song all the way back in 1885. It has never been confirmed, but it’s likely that Hurley knew then that the song would always be more popular and respected than any of Boston College’s actual athletic teams.

Fun Fact No. 2: Boston College has a campus in Dublin, Ireland. Not coincidentally, the most-said phrase on the Emerald Isle mirrors one often said here stateside: “tá tú úafásach, Boston College!”