From Maui to Orlando: More Early Season Brackets Revealed (Blogging the Bracket)
If you were to embark on our hypothetical cross-Pacific basketball journey, you'd likely miss Thursday's 11 a.m. Pacific time tip-off, which pits Boston College against Saint Louis. The Eagles used a 2-1 performance at the Old Spice Classic last year to vault surprisingly into NCAA contention. They'll have to try to repeat that feat without NBA draftee Reggie Jackson, though the addition of a flood of new recruits, including four from Southern California will help. Meanwhile, Rick Majerus' Billikens could use a tournament run to boost their confidence as they attempt to vault up the Atlantic 10 standings. If BC tops Saint Louis, a meeting with former Big East rival Villanova would likely await in Friday's semifinals. Even though the Wildcats lost a lot of talent after last season, departures that will likely see them become more frontcourt-oriented, they should get past the host Big West's representative, UC Riverside, easily.
RTC Summer Updates: Atlantic Coast Conference (Rush The Court)
12. Boston College: Steve Donahue lucked into a talented team for his first year with the Eagles. Unfortunately, he started five seniors. Only three players who played on last year’s team are back in action, combining for just under nine points a game. Nine. Four-star recruit Ryan Anderson should be able to help out a little bit this season, but Boston College is in for an extended period of rebuilding until Donahue can get guys who fit his system.
College Basketball Preview: Power Rankings ACC teams 7-12 (Roundballchat.com)
12. Boston College – Starters Returning (0) Wow, the Eagles lost a lot, they lost their top five players in points, assists, and rebounds. This is going to be a rough second year for head coach Steve Donahue who brings in 7 freshmen. The two Eagles players that return are both guards Danny Rubin (4.1 ppg) and Gabe Moton (2.5 ppg) they barley played last year.
Twitter Q&A: Mike Glennon, Boston College and Thorpedoes (Below The Fold)
@BCHysteria: Does Boston College make a bowl this year? Yes. Assuming the Eagles take care of business in the first five weeks of the season (Northwestern, Central Florida, Duke, UMASS and Wake Forest), they should be in good shape to go to a bowl. The schedule gets ridiculous from early October on, but Boston College can and should pull out enough boring, defensive wins to make a middle of the road ACC bowl game.
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Gaudreaus select Boston College over UVM, others (Burlington Free Press)
The Gaudreaus visited UVM, New Hampshire, Boston University and Boston College in a whirlwind tour last weekend. They also talked with new Northeastern head coach Jim Madigan.
INCH A-Z: Bill Arnold (Inside College Hockey)
"We try take 45-second shifts. Bill would have a great first 30 seconds but there’d be a drop-off over the last 15 seconds because he didn’t have the conditioning. This summer, he’s been losing weight and re-sculpting his body, which should make him stronger, quicker, and more assertive."
BC and the Big East: It’s not you, it’s us…well, no, it’s also you (Soaring to Glory)
Lately, the talk of the Big East extending an open invitation to Boston College to rejoin their ranks has been coming up again, and from the usual sources as well. It’s not like we haven’t been here before in the past six years. In fact, it would be a strange year if it DIDN’T come up at least once before football season begins. I haven’t commented on this issue too much on Soaring to Glory, but I will comment on it now because I’ve frankly had enough.
Bailey, King Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors (BCEagles.com)
Boston College track and field members Caitlin Bailey and Jillian King were named to the 2011 Division I All-Academic Team as announced by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
Opponents / ACC
College Football Countdown: Nos. 31-35 (D1scourse)
The key will be limiting turnovers, and maybe that will mean less patience for Harris, who has 50 touchdowns and 39 interceptions in his up-and-down career. But other ACC QBs with strong defenses have been known to break out in their final year --- Yates had 39 TDs and 37 INTs before his 19/9 split last year. If whoever plays quarterback for the Canes can do the same, they'll exceed this preseason ranking.
Five Questions: Maryland (ACC Sports Journal)
Edsall and Crowton are impressed by O’Brien’s work ethic and how quickly he has grasped the new scheme. O’Brien, however, admitted that he sometimes struggled to execute the new offense during spring camp, and Edsall said there were moments when backup C.J. Brown looked better. Sophomore slumps aren’t unusual in collegiate athletics, and Maryland fans can only hope that O’Brien does not experience such a phenomenon.
Maryland, His Maryland: Randy Edsall Is The Lawgiver (Deadspin)
Fresh off his BCS success (read: staving off mediocrity a little better than the rest of the Big East), Randy Edsall is the big man on campus in College Park. And while it's nice to feel wanted, Edsall appears to be the type to get drunk off the slightest bit of power. He's bringing in a heavy-handed set of rules and dress codes meant to emphasize the "Maryland tradition." But in doing so, he's gotten rid of one of the oldest and most influential Maryland traditions of all.
12 Days Of ACC Football: Maryland (TheACC.com)
5 - Maryland QB Danny O'Brien finished fifth nationally among all freshmen in pass efficiency with a 134.54 rating. O'Brien was also third among all freshmen nationally in touchdown passes. His TD pass to interception ratio (2.75) was the second best in the nation only to Georgia's Aaron Murray.
My Favorite Teams for 2011! (Phil Steele College Football Blog)
While they rank in 7 of the 8 position categories in my top units, they are not top 10 talent-wise, but when lined up with their schedule I give them a great shot at a 12-0 record and another trip to the ACC Title game. I am the only magazine other than Athlon that ranks them in the Top 10 and I have them higher than anyone so I’ll be a big Hokie fan this year.
season preview: Clemson (From Old Virginia)
Clemson fans can be notoriously impatient and haven't given Dabo Swinney a lot of breathing room, but he'll need it anyway this year so he can get to 2012 where Clemson will have a better chance of contending. As for this year: I figure a mid-to-low level bowl, but it wouldn't come as a total surprise to see them home for the holidays, either.
Preseason Coaches Poll Reactions: ACC (CBSSports.com)
North Carolina State, 4 points, No. 44 - For the first time since his arrival, Tom O'Brien has recruited every player on the N.C. State two-deep depth chart. He feels confident that last season's 9-win performance was a sign of the program turning a corner. A favorable schedule makes a return to the postseason seem likely for the Wolfpack, but letting all-conference quarterback Russell Wilson walk to the Badgers will not get you preseason votes from most coaches.