We knew this coming season would be a transitional one for the Boston College men's basketball team, but after seeing it actually written down on
paper .PDF ... yikes. The ACC recently released its 2011-12 ACC Basketball Prospectus, which gives a capsule on each of the twelve programs in the conference.
Here's what is said about the Eagles in 2011-12:
"The team's leading returning scorer, guard Danny Rubin averaged 4.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 29 games, including 23 starts as a freshman; shot .434 (33-of-76) from behind the arc; had a career-high 14 points against Holy Cross (N22); made two-or-more 3-pointers 11 times ... playing in all 34 games as a freshman, guard Gabe Moton averaged 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds per game; came on strong at the end of the season averaging 3.1 points, 2.0 rebounds over the last seven games while shooting .471 from the ﬂoor ... Matt Humphrey played in 19 games for the Oregon Ducks in 2009-10, making four starts; missed 12 games because of a knee injury; averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game, scoring in double ﬁgures in four times."
Again, we knew about this but it's a bit jarring to see "team's leading returning scorer," "Danny Rubin" and "4.1 points" in the same sentence. What I thought was more interesting was the counts of starters returning, key players returning, key players lost and newcomers. Here's a snapshot of the ACC broken down by those four categories:
|Program||Starters Returning||Key Players Return||Key Players Lost||2011 Newcomers|
BC is the only team in the conference that doesn't return a starter, has the fewest key players returning, lost the most number of key players and has double digit newcomers. Yeesh. Expectations will of course be extremely low this season and after looking at this chart, with good reason.
Be sure to check out the 2011-12 ACC Basketball Prospectus for a capsule on all 12 ACC programs.