February 19, 2012; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles guard Jordan Daniels (10) during the second half against the Duke Blue Devils at Conte Forum. Duke won 75-50. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
The ACC released the conference schedule on Wednesday and for whatever reason, the team decided to release the non-conference schedule just a day later. The whole schedule can be found on BCEagles.com, but I'll put it here as well because I'm nice.
Unfortunately, most of the times are still yet to be determined, but at least the dates are set.
Nov. 11 - Fla. International Golden Panthers - TBA
Nov. 15 - vs. Baylor Bears (Charlestown Classic) - 3:00 pm
Nov. 16 - vs. Dayton Flyers / Colorado Buffaloes (Charlestown Classic) - TBA
Nov. 18 - vs. St. John's Red Storm / Charleston Cougars / Murray St. Racers / Auburn Tigers (Charlestown Classic) - TBA
Nov. 21 - Auburn Tigers - TBA
Nov. 25 - Bryant Bulldogs - TBA
Nov. 28 - @ Penn St. Nittany Lions - 9:15 pm
Dec. 4 - Harvard Crimson - TBA
Dec. 8 - St. Francis, NY Terriers - TBA
Dec. 16 - New Hampshire Wildcats - TBA
Dec. 22 - Providence Friars - TBA
Dec. 29 - Holy Cross Crusaders - TBA
Dec. 31 - Dartmouth Big Green - TBA
After that, the team jumps into ACC play for the rest of the season. At first glance, this is a pretty reasonable non-conference schedule. I think it's just about the right level of difficulty for this team and should provide a good test for the Eagles without being too hard. You'll notice that BC spends the entire month of December at home and plays a bunch of pretty local teams. That should be a decent way to get a few more bodies into the stands and get some wins against the likes of New Hampshire and St. Francis.
I'm a little disappointed that the Holy Cross game will take place while all the students are home for winter break. BC-Holy Cross should be a nice little rivalry -- but that's going to be difficult when nobody is at the game. Also note the game on New Year's Eve. The time isn't announced yet, but I've got to assume that will be a daytime game.
The non-conference schedule has just one away game for the Boston College Eagles. That's on the road against Penn State as part of the ACC/B1G challenge. BC lost to PSU last year.
The most difficult part of the schedule comes at the very beginning when the Eagles participate in the Charlestown Classic. They'll first face off against Baylor and then play either Dayton or Colorado in the second round. Baylor went to the Elite Eight last year, but lost to the eventual NCAA champion Kentucky Wildcats. I don't expect the Bears to be quite as good this year as they lost a bunch of talent to the NBA, although guard Pierre Jackson and BC transfer Brady Heslip do remain on the roster. Baylor starts the season ranked 11th in the preseason polls.