Saturday, February 17, 2018

Another rough day against the Irish

I think BC's bubble burst Saturday. Besides dampening postseason hopes, the lopsided loss to Notre Dame also had me questioning if Christian is a good enough Xs & Os coach to every be above average at BC. For the second time against the Irish, BC allowed a guy to go off from beyond the arc. Matt Farrell hit some tough shots, but too often he the D was to loose. Notre Dame shot 60% from 3 and 63% from the field. Horrible. Why are we so unprepared against recurring opponents?

Robinson had 29 points and would have been a bigger story if not for Farrell. It was a disappointing game for most of the other guys.

I don't think Christian is in trouble. This season and his recruiting have bought him time. But he needs to find an assistant who can better help with game prep. If not, we will be in holes over and over again.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Jerome Robinson media push

Jerome Robinson is having a very good season. He's exploded offensively. BC is actually competing and winning ACC games and he is probably looking at First Team All ACC honors. But can he win ACC Player of the Year? It would take a really strong finish and some media attention. This week the media attention started.




ACC Network highlight packages from last week.





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Strong 3rd period gives BC win over UMass.

The Men's team bounced back from Monday's frustrating loss with a solid comeback against UMass Thursday. BC scored four in the final period for the win. Without a dominant team, the Hockey East picture is muddled. But BC can still control its own destiny.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BC won't change the name of the Yawkey Athletic Center

According to a report in The Heights, BC will not change the name of the Yawkey Athletic Center. The school cited an agreement with the Yawkey Foundation that the building would carry the name as part of the Foundation's $15 million gift. The controversy related to the Yawkey name started when Red Sox owner John Henry started pushing the City of Boston to change the name of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway.

When the controversy first started last summer, I said BC should change the name or tweak it enough that it would be associated with Jean Yawkey. Even with keeping the name, BC can start rebradning it internally ("YAC" or "Y-A-C") to the point that the Yawkey aspect of the name becomes an afterthought. They could also shrink or change the lettering outside the building.

As long as the Red Sox push their issue, BC's challenge will linger. I am not upset about the name. I just continue to believe BC needs some sort of plan to deal with the issue in the future. The Foundation was generous, but there is no reason for BC to take a big stand to defend Tom Yawkey -- a man with no real ties to the school. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BC roars back after awful start against Pitt

If BC starts as poorly as they did  -- including Robinson's foul trouble -- against any team other than Pitt, they don't come back. But Pitt is terrible, so BC was able to run away with the game and secure a winning season.

Even with the extended time on the bench Robinson scored 27. If he keeps this up, he is going to be first team All ACC. A really strong finish puts him in player of the year conversations. The foul trouble and blowout also meant that Baker got more minutes and actually looked confident with the ball. He finished with 11.

BC takes on Notre Dame next. Nothing is a must win yet, but all homes games should be Ws from here on out.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Disappointing end to Beanpot

The BC Men lost their Beanpot Opener last week and I didn't even mention it. Excuses, excuses...young team, Beanpot means nothing...we've heard it all before. I was ready to move on to something else. But then they went and lost the 3rd place game to Harvard in OT.  Now a forgettable Beanpot becomes one you want to forget. They can start putting this behind them Thursday against UMass.

The good news is that the BC Women are playing for their Beanpot Tuesday night against BU. It will be at home and BC's chance to make it three out of the last four Beanpots.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

ICYMI: Addazio and staff talk 2019 recruiting class

Even though Addazio already spoke about the majority of the recruiting class when they committed in December, BC still held a Signing Day show. If you understand going in that Addazio, Loeffler and Reid are going to rave about all the players, you can still gain a series of little insights from watching the show. You will hear about which staff member helped recruit each player. You will get an anecdote or two about most of the guys. You will see some tape. Addazio will also provide some updates on the health of current players and how they plan to use the Spring practices.

I understand that some of these new recruits won't pan out, but as a group, I think it was a solid class. I do think Addazio is finding talent and building the roster in the right way. Now let's just break through our win total.