Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Has basketball bottomed out?

To show you how long it has been since the basketball team struggled so much, chew on these facts:
-- BC hasn't lost six consecutive games since 2000
-- BC hasn't had a losing conference record since 2000
-- The fewest wins since 2000 was 19 in 2003. BC would have to run the table on the remaining regular season games just to match that total.

BC now stands 12-10 (3-6 in the ACC). There are seven regular season games and at least one ACC Tournament game remaining. BC could conceivably losses all eight. I don't think they will. I also think this last stretch of games on the schedule will be different. Take a look at who we play.

-- N.C. State
-- Virginia
-- at Florida St
-- at Virginia Tech
-- North Carolina
-- at Miami
-- Georgia Tech

Outside of UNC, all those teams are a lot like BC -- flawed and capable of an off night. If we play like we did against Duke, all those games are winnable. If the team can go 4-3 down the stretch, we will get invited to the NIT. Anything less and we are probably looking at no postseason. The postseason isn't my biggest concern either. If this team cannot improve over the next three weeks then we seriously need to adjust our expectations for next season and this group of freshmen.


Big Jack Krack said...

It didn't give me any pleasure when I picked our team to go 5 and 11 in the ACC. I hope I'm wrong, but that's the way I see it.

A lot of good things came out of that Duke game, so maybe they will go 4 and 3 to finish 7 and 9. But I view this as a building year, and I hope we have some very good players coming in.

We've had a pretty good run at it in the last 7 or 8 years. I think we'll get it back.

Brian Dale said...

The team will be fine next year. With a year under their belt, they will be better. A season like this was expected, so for you to sound so surprised/troubled is a bit naive on your part.

LAEagle said...

no chance a team this young plays to get into the nit.



ps Tyler Roche is an abomination. Honestly, he can't shoot, he can't dribble, he can't defend. what in the hell does he contribute?

JW Stringer said...

Here's a preview of tonight's matchup against NC State from http://pregame.com.

North Carolina State at Boston College (ESPN | 7 PM ET)

Defense and rebounding have been problems for Boston College, as they’ve given up 79 points a game against league opponents. Also, ACC foes have out-rebounded BC on the offensive boards, 146-96. EDGE: NC STATE

After shooting only 9-of-27 (.333) from the 3-point arc in its first 2ACC games, State has found the range. In its last 7 outings, the Pack has shot .449 from 3-point land (55-118). EDGE: OVER

Boston College has a 5-1 all-time record against North Carolina State, including a 1-1 mark in the RBC Center. SLIGHT EDGE: BOSTON COLLEGE

Boston College is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 Thursday games.

The OVER is 8-1 in NC State's last 9 road games.

The OVER is 13-3 in NC State's last 16 games overall.

The OVER is 10-3 in Boston College's last 13 Thursday games.

The OVER is 11-5 in Boston College's last 16 games overall.