Eagles Going Gold

By David Scott - February 03, 2007


CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Welcome to Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College for today’s ACC showdown between visiting No. 16/18 Virginia Tech (16-6, 6-2) and the host Eagles (15-6, 6-2). Both BC and VT stand behind 6-1 UNC (20-2 overall) in league play and even with 6-2 Virginia (14-6). So, clearly, we’ve got several clubs jockeying for position as the second half of the ACC season commences this weekend.

Both teams are shooting around on the Conte Forum floor and the sight of BC in home Gold (see below) is a bit odd, but we're adjusting.

BC is still the biggest enigma of the ACC contenders, having now gone 1-2 in its last three ACC games – all without the services of Sean Williams and Akida McLain, who were kicked off the team by Al Skinner. Al Skinner’s bench is not deep and the question lingers as to how the Eagles will be able to manage in a tournament-type situation with the potential for back-to-back-to-back games on successive nights.

The Eagles remaining schedule after today includes games at Miami (2-6), at Florida State (4-4), at Va. Tech and the regular season capper at Georgia Tech (2-6). The three remaining home games are Duke (5-3), North Carolina (6-1) and Clemson (4-4).


All this adds up to today being huge for BC on several fronts. If they can go 4-4 the rest of the way (including today), the Eagles will wind up 10-6 in league and at 19 overall wins with a solid mid-30s, upper 20s RPI. They’d be in the tournament.

However, a loss today coupled with slip-ups at say, Miami or Georgia Tech (which leads the all-time series 5-2) and some expected losses vs. UNC and likely, Duke, and the Eagles find themselves blowing bubbles, on the bubble. An 8-8 league mark and under 20 wins is
dicey, at best.

Have we hyped this one up enough for you yet?

BC game notes are here.

Virginia Tech notes are here.

• The BC Eagles will wear Gold uniforms this afternoon for the first time in 12 years. The “third uniform” will be worn for each of the Eagles’ three remaining, Saturday home games – today against Virginia Tech, vs. North Carolina (Feb. 17) and against Clemson (Feb. 24).

It’s the first time BC has gone gold since a 70-43 home loss on Jan. 25, 1995 to Providence. The Eagles went 9-19 that year under Jim O’Brien with a team that featured Danya Abrams.

Posted by David Scott at 12:08 PM on February 03, 2007
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