By Don Phillips
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES (7-14, 0-8 ACC)
Head Coach: Jim Christian (Rhode Island, 1988)
Record at Boston College: 20-33 (2nd season), Career Record: 263-186 (14th season)
VIRGINIA CAVALIERS [9/9] (17-4, 6-3 ACC)
Head Coach: Tony Bennett (Green Bay, 1992)
Record at UVA: 153-68 (7th season); Career Record: 222-101 (10th season)
Date / Time: Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 / 7 p.m. ET
Site: Charlottesville, Va. / John Paul Jones Arena (14,593)
TV: Regional Sports Network
Online: ESPN3.com | Wes Durham (pxp), Dan Bonner (analyst)
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network | Dave Koehn (pxp), Ted Jeffries (analyst)
Virginia is 11-7 all-time vs. Boston College, including an 8-7 ACC mark in the series that dates back to 1971-72. The Cavaliers have a two-game winning streak against the Eagles and have won four of the last five games in the series. UVA recorded a 66-51 win at Boston College last season and a 77-67 win at John Paul Jones Arena in 2013-14.
Virginia is 6-2 vs. Boston College in Charlottesville, including a 4-2 mark at JPJ. Head coach Tony Bennett is 5-4 all-time against Boston College. Malcolm Brogdon is averaging 14.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three career games against Boston College, while Anthony Gill is averaging 12 points and 8.5 rebounds in two games.
Virginia is averaging 72.4 points per game, its most since 76.8 ppg in 2007-08. As of Feb. 1, UVA ranks Nos. 5 and 8 in the KenPom.com adjusted overall and offensive efficiency ratings, respectively.
UVA is shooting 50 percent from the field (best since 50.1% in 1985-86), 39.8 percent from 3-point range (best in school history) and 74.6 percent from the free throw line (best since 74.8% in 2000-10). Virginia has scored 80 or more points in six games, its most since 11 in 2007-08. UVA’s 86 points against Villanova were its most scored against a top-25 opponent since tallying 87 in a road win at Minnesota in 2010-11.
UVA has shot 55 percent or better in eight games in 2015-16 after achieving the feat three times in 34 games in 2014-15 and four times in 37 games in 2013-14. The Cavaliers scored 82 or more points in three straight games (Nov. 19-22 at Charleston Classic) for the first time since the first three games of the 2001-02 season. UVA has shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range in six games.
Boston College ranks 63rd in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency at 97.7, according to KenPom. That number is the best for an Eagles team since 2005. Adjusted defensive efficiency is an estimate of the defensive efficiency (points allowed per 100 possessions) a team would have against the average Division I offense. BC’s opponents are averaging 69.5 points per game which ranks eighth in the ACC.
BC averaged 26.3 off the bench in the first four games of the season, but BC has averaged 16.4 points off the bench in 21 games this season.
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