Boston College Daily Links: Hurricane Aftermath

Basketball

Late Hurricanes run leads to rout of the Eagles (The Boston Globe)
"It’s a combination of both physical and mental,’’ said Donahue when asked if he could pinpoint the Eagles’ shortcomings. "It’s a concern. You have to figure out a way to play when you are exhausted. It’s discouraging. This is all about trying to figure out how to get over the next hurdle. That’s why it is hard to win when you are young.’’

Heights Sports Blog
When you have a veteran group and you know what you have, you can do some things and play a certain way and say, ‘Hey we just want to get to that five minutes left in the game mark.’ The reality of this is that we need to do everything we can to stay in basketball games for the most part and we probably used as much energy as we had for as long as we can and I think that’s what you see. You see mental and physical fatigue set in at that point.

Eagles crash again (BostonHerald.com)
"You can’t think the game is won just because you’re in the game with seven minutes left to go," said Matt Humphrey, who led the Eagles with 13 points and seven rebounds. "We’ve got to get over that hump. I feel like guys are adjusting. We definitely know what we are going up against every night regardless of the team we are playing. We have to find a way . . . we kind of give up and cave in."

Heights Sports Blog
It’s hard to know what each guy is going through because I just don’t know these guys that well and what really works and they haven’t been through this as much.

Women's Basketball Falls to No. 10 Miami, 88-57 (BCEagles.com)
"We've given them game tapes and they're going to watch it themselves together to see what we saw," Crawley said. "Sometimes it's different when you're on the court. We're trying a lot of different things with this group. They're young. We're trying to help them be visual learners and not to make the same mistakes."

Football

Many college All-Americans weren't the top prospects in high school (USATODAY.com)
St. Xavier (Cincinnati) was preparing to play rival St. Ignatius (Cleveland) in 2008 when St. Xavier coach Steve Specht saw then-Notre Dame assistant Jon Tenuta. "I'm here to see No. 3," Tenuta told Specht. "My No. 3? (Luke Kuechly)?" Specht asked. "No, the other No. 3 (Ignatius' Dan Fox)," Tenuta said. "You're looking at the wrong No. 3," Specht said.

The Year in Review: Notre Dame (8-5, 0-0) (Pre-Snap Read)
In short, don’t start booking for a B.C.S. bowl just yet. But the Irish are closer to a double-digit win season than most believe.

Mathias Kiwanuka’s road to Indy took a horrible detour (BostonHerald.com)
"I just think he’s a great player," Patriots receiver Deion Branch said. "He has the intangibles, and there’s a reason they move him around so much. Because he has the ability to make those plays."

A thrill for homegrown Patriots (Boston.com)
"Every other day he’s called me, since [New England’s divisional round win over] Denver, or texted me - I barely knew my dad could text,’’ Brace said with a wide smile. "He’s texting me all caps and exclamation points. "There are just random people coming up and saying congratulations, it’s like, ‘Dang, we are going to the Super Bowl.’ It’s crazy.’’

With Tom Coughlin and Bill Belichick, Super Bowl XLVI is truly a Giant affair (ESPN New York)
In his first major job as a head coach, Tom Coughlin worked hard at being the most anal-retentive man in an anal-retentive field. He would make the predawn drive to his Boston College office in deafening silence, never allowing himself to enjoy an old Sinatra song or listen to a weather report, not when the radio might distract him from the day's master plan.

Hockey

BC Gearing Up For Annual Run (College Hockey News)
Usually the start of January means Boston College is about to go on a tear and ride a tidal wave of momentum through the rest of the regular season. That didn't happen this year, though. The Eagles entered this weekend's series against New Hampshire with a 1-3-1 record in the new year and a 2-5-1 mark since Dec. 9.

The Takeaway: BC Finishes 2 Game Sweep of UNH, in OT (College Hockey News)
BC coach Jerry York said, "This is much different UNH team than when we played them in October. We feel as a club getting on the bus that we got some puck bounces and were fortunate to take two from them as they were much improved."

Barry Almeida is doing first-in, last-out scoreboard accounting for Boston College (masslive.com)
The Springfield native scored the first goal, and then the winner in overtime to lift Boston College to a 3-2 victory over New Hampshire Saturday night in Durham - ruining the night for a sellout crowd of 6,501 at the Whittemore Center.

Blackhawks Assign Hayes To Rockford (CBS Chicago)
The Chicago Blackhawks have moved forward Jimmy Hayes to the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs. Hayes, 22, had four goals, seven points and six penalty minutes in 13 games with the Blackhawks during his National Hockey League debut.

Olympic Sports

King's 3K is NCAA Qualifier, Second Fastest Time in BC History (BCEagles.com)
Senior Jillian King highlighted a stupendous outing by the Boston College women’s track and field team at the BU Terrier Invitational on Friday night. The Scotia, N.Y. native delivered the Eagles’ first NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 3,000 meter run with a 9:12.51 clip, the second fastest in school history. King’s mark was just 1.26 seconds shy of the BC record set by Shannon Smith during her 2001 race for a national championship, the first-and-only by an Eagle.

MacDonald Run Seventh Fastest 500m Time in BC History (BCEagles.com)
On Saturday afternoon at the BU Invitational, sophomore Kellen MacDonald rounded the track two and a half times in 1:04.64 to take sixth place in the 500 meter dash. The time submitted by was the seventh fastest in Boston College history and qualified the Falmouth, Maine native for the IC4A Championship meet. The Eagles collected two IC4A and four New England (NEICCA) Championship qualifying standards at the meet.

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