Good morning! Happy Friday! Welcome to the weekend, featuring the Senior Bowl, BC hockey's trip to Penn State, and more Eagle alumni in the NHL than you can shake a stick at. And I guess the Australian Open final, if you're in to that sort of thing. And, you know, the Pro Bowl. Feel the excitement!
As an alternate brought in to replace an injured player, Boston College offensive lineman Matt Patchan will barely get half the preparation time for Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl as his South squad teammates.
Matt Patchan, OT, Boston College - A very late add, wasn't able to glean much in today's practice. One thing I did notice was his rocked up physique. Prior to the Senior Bowl I talked to one scout that said Patchan had trouble adding weight at Florida. Looks like he came to BC and did work. A very strong, athletic looking OL.
While the women's basketball program has shown signs of progress this year in the second year under coach Erik Johnson, they suffered another loss to a ranked team last night in Raleigh.
The Boston College women's basketball team lost to No. 23 NC State, 85-76, in front of 2,293 fans at Reynolds Coliseum on Thursday night in an ACC matchup. BC is now 11-9 and 2-4 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack improve to 17-3 and 4-2 in the conference.
Markeisha Gatling scored 27 points and Kody Burke added 24 with 11 rebounds as No. 23 North Carolina State defeated Boston College 85-76 Thursday night. NC State (17-3, 4-2 ACC) shot 48.1 percent from the field. Len'Nique Brown had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Krystal Barrett dished out eight assists.
The WBB team returns to the court on Sunday afternoon at home, a 1 PM start against Wake Forest - a beatable team (10-9, 1-5 ACC). BC will be bringing back a number of program alumni to honor 25 years of Conte Forum.
This is where a "home-run hire" like Bruce Pearl or Ben Howland comes in. Boston College might not go this route, because historically it never really has, but it should. They might not want to pay one of these guys, or another big name not listed, but it would be in their best interest. Whether or not a big name would come to this school is a separate matter; despite our troubles, this is still an ACC school in a big sports town, so it does hold some attractiveness.
Here's why I feel BC has all the pieces to the puzzle.
In Johnny Gaudreau, Kevin Hayes and Bill Arnold, the Eagles feature a top line no one else can match. (The trio combined for five goals in the Eagles' 7-2 rout of Maine.) Gaudreau and Hayes rank one-two in the country in scoring; Arnold is tied for fourth. In the 10 games since they were put together on Dec. 6, they've combined for 24 goals and 35 assists (59 points) with a plus-45 plus-minus rating.
The Penn State men's hockey team will play a ranked opponent for the 10th time in a 13-game span when it welcomes second-ranked Boston College to Pegula Ice Arena Saturday, Jan. 25. Opening faceoff between the Nittany Lions (4-14-1) and Eagles (17-4-3) is set at 7 p.m.
"I got a chance to see what it takes," Dumoulin said of his six-game NHL stint in December. "There's still obviously a lot of things I can improve on."
Pittsburgh went 5-1 during Dumoulin's time with the club. He skated between 18 and 21 minutes per game, was whistled for two penalties and, in the opening minute of his second game, notched his first NHL point when his slapshot got past Toronto goalie Jonathan Bernier thanks to a deflection by Penguins teammate Chris Conner.
Joe Whitney's story might sound familiar. A small player out of Boston College pays his dues in the AHL and then gets a chance with the big club.