Preview: Boston College Eagles

The Eagles are trending up in the ACC, could challenge for tourney bid

Updated: October 23, 2013, 9:32 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider

Oliver HanlanAP Photo/Gerry BroomeGuard Olivier Hanlan averaged a team-best 15.4 points per game for the Eagles last season.

Boston College Eagles

2012-13: 16-17 (7-11 ACC)
In-conference offense: 1.04 points per possession (6th)
In-conference defense: 1.09 points allowed per possession (11th)

Though Boston College just wrapped up a fourth consecutive season that did not yield an NCAA tournament bid, the trend lines are actually headed in a positive direction in Chestnut Hill. For one thing, the Eagles made a significant improvement on offense. In particular, Steve Donahue's team was highly effective at generating trips to the line, ranking No. 1 in ACC play in free throw rate.