On March 9, Boston College pulled off a 74-72 squeaker against Georgia Tech. In the first round of the ACC tournament on March 14, freshman guard Olivier Hanlan made sure it wasn't close at all.
Hanlan erupted for 41 points in Boston College's 84-64 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday. He went an amazing 14-of-18 from the field, including 8-of-10 from downtown. The ACC Rookie of the Year also added five rebounds, two assists and three steals in 36 minutes of work.
His 41 points is an ACC tournament record for a freshman, according to the Associated Press via the Washington Post.
Hanlan came into the game averaging 14.6 points while shooting 43.9 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. His previous high was 24 points (against Clemson on March 5). He scored 14 points against Georgia Tech on March 9.
Boston College faces No. 9 Miami (FL) next, the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Eagles have lost twice to the Hurricanes this season (60-59 on Jan. 16 and 72-50 on Feb. 5).Hanlan dropped 17 points in their first meeting, and 16 in their second.
It would be a surprise if Boston College didn't attempt to ride Hanlan's hot streak in the quarterfinals against Miami. The Eagles are heavy underdogs, but they did play the Hurricanes close in January, and if Hanlan plays the way he did against Georgia Tech, anything is possible.
March Madness signifies a time when dreams can come true and when Cinderella stories come to fruition.
Was Hanlan's outburst on Thursday a flash in the pan or a revelation?