BC Men's Basketball Releases 2020-21 Schedule

A.J. Black

Boston College men's basketball released their schedule today. The Eagles will begin their season against #3 Villanova in the Empire Classic on November 25th at Mohegan Sun on ESPN. Because of COVID-19 restrictions the game will be without fans. After that they face off with either #2 Baylor or #18 Arizona State. 

BC returns to Mohegan Sun to take on another former Big East foe - St, John's - on Monday, Nov. 30. Tipoff time is set for 9 p.m. and the game will air live on FS1. The Eagles finish up their four-game stand at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 2. The opponent has yet to be announced, but rumors have been that it could be Missouri. 

Update: 11/11. Jon Rothstein reports it will be Missouri, confirming earlier reporting by Jake Klein.



On Friday, Dec. 4, the Eagles will play the first of two non-conference games at Conte Forum when Rhode Island visits Chestnut Hill. BC is also set to host California on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Conte Forum, a rematch of last year's game. Also on Dec. 8, Boston College travels to Minnesota in a matchup that will be part of the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Here is the complete ACC schedule:

2020-21 ACC Home Dates:
Dec. 12 - Syracuse
Jan. 2 - Louisville
Jan. 9 - Virginia
Jan. 12/13 - Miami
Jan. 23 - Pittsburgh
Feb. 2/3 - Florida State
Feb. 6 - N.C. State
Feb. 9/10 - Wake Forest
Feb. 23/24 - North Carolina
Feb. 27 - Notre Dame

2020-21 ACC Road Dates:
Dec. 29/30 - at N.C. State
Jan. 5/6 - at Duke
Jan. 16 - at Notre Dame
Jan. 19/20 - at Virginia Tech
Jan. 26/27 - at Clemson
Jan. 30 - at Louisville
Feb. 16/17 - at Georgia Tech
Feb. 20 - at Syracuse
March 2/3 - at Florida State
March 5/6 - at Miami

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Comments (19)
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CMon2005
CMon2005

I want to see what the core young guys look like. Seems like most talent since JC couldn't get in tourney with 2 NBA guards.

I cannot believe JC survived last year but he did, and this schedule reads like a coach who thinks he has two more years to right the ship. Beat them up playing talent this year and make the step forward the year after.

What is length of JC contract?

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

AJ, I figured I’d throw out a suggestion for some content. Since many of us are struggling to get excited for the upcoming hoops season, maybe a list of reasons we SHOULD be excited for the upcoming season? Here’s reason #1: if we improbably win our first two games of the season, we would become the first program in history to start the season with wins over two top 3 teams AND STILL have a fan base where 99% want to get rid of the coach!

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

I'm trying to figure this schedule out. Having a schedule this tough is unprecedented and doesn't make any sense to me (and I'd generally like to see us play tough opponents). Two theories: 1) Our athletic department is bleeding and this schedule is better financially than playing the usual cupcakes. 2) The AD wants to fire JC and wants the schedule to be as hard as possible so the record doesn't look good. I can poke holes all over both of these theories, but can anyone come up with anything else? This schedule really doesn't make sense to me. The St. John's game seems to have been one of the last games scheduled. Why would you add them to an already brutal OOC? Are we getting a cut of the casino profits for staying a whole week at Mohegan?

coronalt411
coronalt411

The only non-P6 opponent is URI who should be one of the top 3-4 teams in the A-10. I don't see more than two OOC wins. The ACC did do them a solid with only one matchup each against UVA, Duke, and UNC with two of them at home. I see a maximum of 7 wins in conference. 9-17, 7-13. I'll give them a win in the ACC tourney. 10-18 final record with Jim Christian's termination scheduled for March 12. I wish I could be more optimistic, but unfortunately, I don't see it.

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

I’m not nearly into basketball as I am football, but normally I can at least muster up some excitement. But I know there are a lot of transfers and exciting players for BC, but I’m just finding it difficult to be interested since it feels so much like a lame duck year for Christian. I’ll still watch and follow, and hopefully I’m proven wrong.

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A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

They have the toughest non conference schedule in the country. Feel like that wasn’t wise.

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Worst case scenario I imagine it gives me a chance to watch other good teams; like 2016 in football when Louisville came to Alumni, I was a freshman who had little interest in the game outside of seeing Lamar Jackson.

azbc
azbc

Preseason Kenpom ratings for OOC opponents (BC is #106):

#4 Villanova
either #1 Baylor OR #36 ASU
#35 Minnesota
#72 St. John's
#98 URI
#119 Cal

possibly #58 Missouri

I mean, wow! BC will probably be favored in-- at most-- two games and there is a very real chance we could lose them all.

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

Flatbreads, didn’t realize you graduated last year. That’s a brutal four years for a sports fan to be at BC!
I’m a hoops diehard, and even I am having a hard time getting excited for this season. I actually don’t think we will be bad, but I don’t think we will be great either and I think JC is getting fired afterwards. Seems likely to be a wasted year, but I’ll wait to see the guys on the court before I give up on the season.

FlatbreadsFan
FlatbreadsFan

Yeah the best season I saw was a first round lost in the NIT! Even the Duke game my friend couldn't get a ticket, and because I assumed we were gonna get hosed I opted to sleep in. Turned the game on at halftime and watch the upside from Vandy! Honestly just feel lucky I missed both ACC winless seasons in 2015.

2001Eagle
2001Eagle

fair point. You were there for mediocre teams, but not the truly terrible ones before that.

A.J. Black
A.J. Black

Editor

Flatbread I really feel for you. I graduated in '06, so I was there for the start of ACC play along with BC starting the season 20-0 in basketball. I remember student season tickets, there being a line around Conte Forum the day they went on sale. Kids camped out to get them. How times have changed.


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