Boston College Basketball: Constructing The 2014-15 Schedule

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Constructing the Eagles' 2014-15 men's basketball schedule.

With news that Boston College will be sitting out this year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, we can start to piece together next year's schedule. Here's what we know:

ACC Schedule (18)

-- Conference home-and-homes with Syracuse, Notre Dame, Miami and Pittsburgh
-- Conference home games against North Carolina, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Virginia and Louisville
-- Conference road games at Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Duke and Virginia Tech

Non-conference Schedule (13)

-- Boston College will play in the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic from November 20-23 in San Juan. The Eagles will be joined by College of Charleston, Connecticut, Dayton, George Mason, New Mexico, Texas A&M and West Virginia. 
-- Boston College hosts USC on the back end of the home-and-home

And here are a few assumptions:

-- Boston College will almost certainly continue rivalry series with Providence and Harvard with both games at home. 
-- Boston College will likely continue the series with UMass. Hopefully this game is played on a campus and NOT in a Good for New England (TM) game at the Garden.
-- Boston College will play at least one school from America East, likely New Hampshire or Maine.

That brings us up to seven non-conference games, leaving six slots to be filled. Given where this team is at and with BC already having a pretty difficult ACC slate, my guess is that these five games will be against the cupcake-iest New England teams BC can find to balance the schedule; a plan of which I am 100% on board. Some possibilities:

Fordham (10-21) -- The Rams finished dead last in a very top-heavy Atlantic-10 last year. Fordham won just two conference games all season -- over George Washington and Rhode Island.

Northeastern (11-21) -- Things seemed to be headed in the right direction, with former BC assistant Bill Coen leading the Huskies to an NIT appearance in 2012-13. But Northeastern limped to an 11-21 (7-9 CAA) finish last season, including early-season losses to BU, Stony Brook and Fairfield.

UMass-Lowell (10-18) -- The River Hawks went 10-18 in their first season at the Division I level. BC gives former staffer Pat Duquette a game. Lowell had a largely forgettable first season competing in America East, but not as forgettable as ...

New Hampshire (6-24) -- The Wildcats won just six games last season. The two teams last met at the start of the 2011-2 season. BC eked out a 67-64 victory.

Maine (6-23) -- Another America East team coming off a very forgettable season. BC hasn't faced the Black Bears since an inexplicable 52-51 loss back in 2009-10.

Cornell (2-26) -- Troll. the. hardest.

Given what we know and the above assumptions, BC's 2014-15 schedule could look something like this (including final 2013-14 kenpom ranking).

Non-Conference (10) Puerto Rico Tip-Off Classic (3 of) Conference (18)
32 Harvard 8 Connecticut 1 Louisville
51 Providence 31 New Mexico 4 Virginia
54 vs. Massachusetts 38 Dayton 13 @ Duke
163 USC 68 West Virginia 16 Syracuse
121 Texas A&M 16 Syracuse
204 Fordham 137 George Mason 19 Pittsburgh
205 Northeastern 206 College of Charleston 19 Pittsburgh
325 UMass Lowell 27 North Carolina
329 New Hampshire 41 @ Florida State
338 Maine 50 @ Clemson
341 Cornell 55 North Carolina State
69 Miami
69 Miami
99 Notre Dame
99 Notre Dame
109 @ Georgia Tech
118 Wake Forest
192 @ Virginia Tech

Your turn. What other opponents would you want to see on the Eagles 2014-15 schedule?

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