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Providence Vs. Boston College: Eagles, Friars Meet At Conte Forum

It appears as if Steve Donahue and the Boston College men's basketball team have hit their stride as of late, rattling off three straight wins over California, Indiana and UMass.

The Eagles will look to build their winning streak to four games when they host the Providence Friars at 7 p.m. EST Wednesday night at Conte Forum.

Providence leads the all-time series against Boston College, 57-47. The series began in the 1941-42 season and the last meeting between the two schools was on November 28, 2009 when the Eagles prevailed for an 82-77 win in Providence.

Boston College (6-2) is coming off of a hard-fought victory over in-state rival Massachusetts in the Boston Tip-Off Classic at TD Garden on Saturday. Joe Trapani and Reggie Jackson each scored 17 points and Josh Southern had a career-high 16 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Saturday's victory marked their third consecutive win for Boston College and its fourth victory in the last five games. 

Jackson leads the team in scoring with 18.8 points per game and ranks in second in the ACC. Trapani is averaging 13 points and Corey Raji averages 11.1 points for Boston College. Jackson also leads the Eagles with 26 assists and 14 steals. Raji leads the team in rebounding with 6.3 boards per game, and Trapani is right behind him with 5.8 rebounds per game.

Providence is off to a red-hot start this season and enter Wednesday night's matchup at 9-1. The Friars are off to their best start since the 1988-89 season and have won five games in a row after losing their first game of the season to La Salle (84-73) on November 23rd.

The Friars opened the season with four straight wins over Dartmouth (87-52), Yale (58-55), Morgan State (77-55) and Prairie View A&M (78-62) before losing to La Salle.

Since the loss, Providence has defeated Wyoming (84-77), Central Connecticut State (92-57), Northeastern (77-72) and in-state rivals Rhode Island (87-74) and Brown (91-64).

Providence's most recent victory over Brown came on Monday night at Alumni Hall. Vincent Council tied the school record for most assists in a game with 16 and also had 19 points for the Friars. Marshon Brooks scored a career-high 33 points on 14-of-21 shooting. It was Brooks' fourth game in a row with at least 20 points.

Brooks leads the Friars in scoring with 21.4 points per game and also averages 8.6 rebounds in 10 games. He ranks third in scoring in the Big East and fifth in rebounding.

Council ranks sixth in scoring in the Big East, averaging 17.1 points per contest. In addition, Council ranks second in the conference with 6.8 assists per game.

Gerard Coleman is third in scoring on the team, averaging 10.2 points, and both Kadeem Batts (7.2 PPG) and Nilal Dixon (7.1 PPG) round out the Friars' scoring attack. Dixon is also a strong presence on the boards, averaging 10.2 rebounds per game which ranks third in the Big East.

Wednesday night's game will be the Eagles' fifth game of the season at Conte Forum. After the game, Boston College opens up its ACC schedule with a road game against Maryland on December 12th at 4 p.m. EST.