Teams: Syracuse Orange (13-12, 7-7) vs. Boston College (9-15, 4-10)
Day & Time: Saturday, February 12, noon ET
Location: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y.
TV/Streaming: ESPNU, WatchESPN
Boston College Blog: BC Interruption
Rivalry: 54-26, Syracuse
Current Streak: 7, Syracuse
First Meeting: Syracuse lost the first three matchups that it played against Boston College. The first of those meetings came in 1959, where the Eagles won 78-71 in Syracuse. Pete Chudy led the Orange with 13 points while Jon Cincebox grabbed 19 boards.
Last Meeting: Syracuse won 73-64 down at Chestnut Hill just over a week ago. The Orange only shot 39.3% from the floor but went 45.8% from three. This was all despite Jesse Edwards only playing 13 minutes and scoring zero points.
Head Coaches: Syracuse - Jim Boeheim (46th year, 1,096-420) | Boston College - Earl Grant (first year, 9-15)
Coach Bio: Grant played his collegiate basketball at Division II Georgia College for two seasons. He started his coaching career at The Citadel before joining Gregg Marshall’s staff at Winthrop. Marshall took the head coaching job at Wichita State and brought Grant with him for three seasons. Grant then moved on to Clemson as an assistant for four seasons.
Young stayed as Wofford’s head coach from 2002 to 2019. During his tenure, the Terriers had six 20-plus win seasons and made the NCAA tournament five times. During his last season at Wofford in 2018-19, Young led the program to a 30-win season, including the program’s first ever AP-poll ranking. Wofford would be ranked No. 19 heading into the NCAA tournament, where the Terriers received a 7-seed. Wofford won its first game against Seton Hall before losing to 2-seed Kentucky in the round of 32. Young rode the success of the successful 2018-19 season to the Virginia Tech job the following season.
Last Year: Boston College massively struggled throughout the 2020-21 season, finishing at the bottom of the ACC with a 2-11 conference record and a 4-16 overall record. The Eagles lost to Duke in the first round of the ACC Tournament. Seventh-year head coach Jim Christian was fired halfway through the season on February 15th.
Last Game: Boston College battled tough with Notre Dame, leading by four after the first half. The Irish battled back to send the game into overtime. Notre Dame eventually won 99-95. Boston College shot 56.3% from the floor but got crushed on the glass 36-27.
“Fear Me, I’ve Killed Hundreds of Timelords”: Quinten Post had a field day down low against Syracuse with a 14 point, 14 rebound performance the last time these two teams played.
If Syracuse Wins: See? We can win games without Jesse.
If Syracuse Loses: Please find your nearest paper bag to scream into.
Fun Fact: Frank Anselem’s 15 rebounds against Virginia Tech in Syracuse’s last game is a season high for the Orange.