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Boston College used a 29-12 run in the second half to help defeat No. 1 Syracuse 62-59 in overtime. It was the Orange’s first loss of the season. Boston College improves to 7-19 on the season. This is the third time ever that an under .500 team defeated a No.1 team on the road. Olivier Hanlan led the way with 20 points and Ryan Anderson had nine points to go with his 14 rebounds and four assists. Since the 2000-01 season, the Eagles have had eight wins against top 10 teams.
- 2001 vs. No. 10 UConn
- 2001 vs. No. 9 Syracuse
- 2005 vs. No. 10 UConn
- 2005 vs. No. 9 Syracuse
- 2006 vs. No. 10 North Carolina
- 2009 vs. No. 1 North Carolina
- 2009 vs. No. 6 Duke
- 2014 vs. No 1 Syracuse
North Carolina pulled off the upset and defeated the longtime rival and fifth-ranked Duke 74-66. Leslie McDonald scored a season-high 21 points and Marcus Paige had all of his 13 points in the second half. The Tar Heels are now 9-4 in the ACC after starting conference play at 0-3. They are also 5-1 against ranked teams this season and are the first team ever to defeat the AP's preseason top four ranked teams in one season (Kentucky, Michigan State, Louisville and Duke). North Carolina is now 133-104 all-time against Duke. Head Coach Roy Williams is 10-12 against the Blue Devils as the UNC top man. Each of those 10 wins came when Duke was ranked and four of those came when Duke was in the top five. Here are those four:
- 2006 at No. 1 Duke (Won 83-76)
- 2011 vs. No. 4 Duke (Won 81-67)
- 2012 at No. 4 Duke (Won 88-70)
- 2014 vs. No. 5 Duke (Won 74-66)
Virginia got off to a slow start, but at the end defeated state rival Virginia Tech 57-53. The Cavaliers trailed by seven at the half, but came back to win. Virginia only shot 39.2 percent from the field, but had just seven turnovers compared to Virginia Tech’s 14. The starters only had three turnovers. The Cavaliers improved to 13-1 in the ACC (tied for the most conference wins with 1980-81 season) and have won 10 straight conference games for the first time since the 1981-82 season. Back to the turnover stat; in ACC games check out how many turnovers they have had.
- 6 turnovers in a game – 3 times
- 7 turnovers in a game – 2 times
- 8 turnovers in a game – 2 times
- 9 turnovers in a game – 4 times
- 10 or more turnovers in a game – 3 times
Rion Brown notched his fourth career double-double when he got 21 points and 11 rebounds in the 71-64 win over Notre Dame. He has now scored in double-figures in eight straight games. Brown has averaged 7.7 points per game in his career which is ironic since he is seven points away from career point 1,000. He will become the 35th player in team history to reach that mark. Brown hit three 3-pointers in the game as the Hurricanes connected on nine as a team. That ties for the second most by the squad this season. Here are the top five long-distance performances by Miami this season.
- vs. Texas Southern – 10 3-pointers
- vs. Florida State – 9
- vs. Syracuse – 9
- at Maryland – 9
- vs. Notre Dame - 9