Boston College Eagles Basketball: Can They Challenge for an At-Large Bid in the ACC?
The ACC is the toughest Conference in all of College basketball. It’s so tough in fact, that the Boston College Eagles haven’t made the NCAA Tournament since 2009. That means no at-large bid, no ACC title, nothing to hang their hat on. The 2017-18 season will be a bit different though, as the Eagles will compete with the big boys of the ACC.
The non-conference schedule hasn’t looked good for Boston College. With losses to Texas Tech, Providence, and Nebraska, the Eagles don’t have a signature victory on the non-conference slate. However, BC is 1-0 in ACC play, and it’s that victory which has many Eagles fans elated for upcoming ACC play.
Anytime you can beat Duke is worthy of celebration. The Boston College Eagles did just that, winning by a score of 89-84. This could be the spark the Eagles need. After a 2-16 record in ACC play during the 2016-17 season and a 0-18 mark in for the 2015-16 campaign, it’s finally time for the Eagles to soar.
Head coach, Jim Christian, has been the man on the sidelines for 4 seasons. He’s seen and coached through those bad BC teams. It finally appears that Christian has a winning culture established. And with a potential All-ACC First Team candidate on the roster in Ky Bowman, there’s a lot of hope for a Tourney birth.
Bowman, a Sophomore, averages 16.8 points, 5.8 assists, and 6.9 rebounds. He’s a legit pro prospect. Boston College hit the jackpot with him, and when Bowman is on the court, the Eagles have a chance to beat anyone. This is clear by his 30 points, 9 assists, and 10 rebound game against Duke.
It’s also worth mentioning Boston College’s other star players. Jerome Robinson, a Junior, is a 17 ppg scorer. Jordan Chatman is a transfer from BYU. And despite the loss of Graduate transfer, Deontae Hawkins, the Eagles have seen contributions on the glass from Steffon Mitchell and Nik Popovic. The Eagles still rank 4th in the ACC in rebounds.
There’s a tad bit of concern for the Eagles, that the team may want to discuss before ACC play starts. The team ranks 11th in points for the Conference. Considering the talent they have, it’s not acceptable. We’ve seen Boston College get into shootouts this season, but a consistent effort needs to be put forth to ensure an at-large bid in the ACC.
As March creeps up on us, the Boston College Eagles have to be considered a sleeper team. The team has proven they can take down a top roster, and Duke is about as good as you get in the ACC. If BC can keep up the momentum, there’s no question an at-large bid awaits them.Follow @DGentleman9288