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Louisville-Boston College Preview

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Game Time: 9 p.m.

Location: Silvio O. Conte Forum: Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Television: WHAS-11/ACC Network affiliates

Announcers: Tim Brant (play-by-play) and Dan Bonner (analyst)

Officials: Michael Stephens, Wally Rutecki and John Gaffney

Favorite: Louisville by 9.5

All-Time Series: Boston College leads 3-2

Last Meeting: Louisville won 89-85 (2OT) on Dec. 29, 1996 at Freedom Hall

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Boston College enters Wednesday night's game coming off of its first ACC win of the season, a 64-62 triumph at Boston College on Sunday. Despite their in-conference struggles, the Eagles had a lot of early season success, notching victories over Providence, New Mexico and Harvard.

BC is 0-3 against teams currently ranked in the top 25, dropping ACC tilts with Virginia (66-51), Duke (85-62), and Miami (60-56). The Eagles have dropped 22 of their last 24 games against the Top 25 and 13 of their last 14 against teams ranked in the top 10.

Junior guard Olivier Hanlan is one of the best players in the ACC. He enters Wednesday night ranking fifth in the conference in scoring (16.8 ppg) and seventh in assists (4.5 apg). Hanlan is coming off his best performance of the season, scoring a season-high 25 points and hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc in the win over Georgia Tech. Senior forward Aaron Brown is the team's only other player who averages double figures, scoring 14.0 ppg.

The Eagles have held double-digit leads in 12 of their 18 games this year. They enter tonight's game at 113th in Ken Pomeroy's updated rankings.


--Louisville has a 47-26 record in conference games on the road over the last nine seasons (.648), claiming the best road record in both the Big East and AAC during its time in those two leagues.

--Louisville has won 52 consecutive games against opponents unranked in both major polls.

--Boston College has held six opponents to 60 points or less this year and is 4-2 in those outings. Last season, it held just two opponents to 60 points or less through 18 games.

--Over the last 11 games, Terry Rozier has averaged 20.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals, scoring over 20 points in four games. He leads the ACC in steals.

--Terry Rozier has averaged 24.2 points in six road or neutral games this season. He has averaged 20.7 points over the last 12 games, scoring over 20 points in five contests. He is second in the ACC in steals.

--Louisville's 112 victories over the last four years are the most wins in the nation in that stretch. Louisville is the only school in the nation with three straight 30 win seasons, including a school-record 35 victories amassed by Louisville's 2012-13 NCAA Championship team (30 in 2011- 12, 31 in 2013-14).

--In its last 24 games against top 25 opponents, Boston College is 2-22.

--U of L is 158-9 over the last 14 seasons under Coach Rick Pitino when scoring 80 or more points (20-1 last season, 11-1 in 2012-13).

--Montrezl Harrell became the 66th member of Louisville's 1,000-point club during Sunday's win at Pittsburgh. Wayne

--Wayne Blackshear is 144 points away from joining Harrell in the 1,000-point club. Blackshear is also one steal away from reaching 100 for his career.

Ken Pomeroy Prediction: Louisville 66, Boston College 60