Mercifully, there are just six regular season games left in Boston College men's basketball's forgettable 2013-14 campaign. At 6-19, 2-10 ACC, the team is dangerously approaching Worst Boston College Basketball Team of All-Time Status (from a pure W-L perspective, anyway), which kinda sucks, but at this point if every game's outcome isn't met with a shrug and a sigh, consult a physician.
Let's take a look at the final six games of the regular season and possible ACC Tournament matchups. Does the program have a win or two left in the tank this season?
Feb. 19 @ #1 Syracuse Orange
Syracuse's 6-foot-10 senior center Baye Keita will likely start tomorrow vs. Boston College. In the first matchup with BC back on January 13, Keita netted just two points and three boards while playing the game in foul trouble. Still, the dude is 6-foot-10. This will end as well as you'd expect it to end.
Vegas has tabbed the Orange as a 14.5-point favorite and Boeheim's boys will be wearing sweet throwbacks. Boston College does have some history with knocking off top-ranked and undefeated teams wearing special uniforms, but can you see this squad pulling off the road upset over the nation's top ranked team? Because I can't.
Feb. 22 @ Miami Hurricanes
In a bizarre ACC scheduling quirk, Boston College will have played Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Syracuse and Notre Dame each twice this season before having faced the final five teams on the schedule even once. As such, we really don't know how BC stacks up to the final five teams on the schedule. While just 12-13 on the year and coming off a road loss to Virginia Tech (eww), I'd argue that Canes have done more with less than any other team in the ACC this year.
Not a whole lot was expected of a team that lost all five starters from last year's ACC championship squad, but Miami has notched victories over North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida State -- all on the road -- and put a serious scare into Syracuse, Pittsburgh and N.C. State. The good news is that Miami has yet to win an ACC game at home this season. The bad is that Boston College has yet to win a road game against a team NOT named Virginia Tech. Something's gotta give in this one.
This is one of the more winnable games left on BC's schedule which unfortunately occurs on the road, so.
Feb. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Panthers
The Eagles welcome back their old Big East frenemies to Conte Forum on February 26. Pitt has spent a good portion of the season ranked in the top 25 but recently fell out of the polls following back-to-back home losses to Syracuse and North Carolina. The Panthers have sputtered a bit of late, having lost four of their last six games and needing a combined three overtime periods to put away Miami and Virginia Tech.
Despite Pitt's recent struggles, at 8-5 in the conference, the Panthers are right there with North Carolina vying for that fourth and final ACC Tournament double bye and have everything to play for.
Mar. 1 @ Wake Forest Demon Deacons #therivalry
Shame on the ACC schedule makers for making us all wait until the calendar turned to March to enjoy the first and only installment of #therivalry on the hardwood.
It's kinda funny how quickly fortunes can change in college basketball. Less than a month ago, Wake Forest was 14-6 (4-3 ACC) -- seemingly having turned a corner under fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik. The Deacons were riding high, coming off a 65-58 victory over ACC newcomer Notre Dame. Then the bottom fell out. The win over Notre Dame is Wake's most recent W as the Demon Deacons have proceeded to lose six straight. That streak may very well get pushed to eight games (@ North Carolina and a sneaky-good Clemson team) heading into #therivalry matchup with the Eagles.
Mar. 4 vs. Florida St. Seminoles
Florida State is a tough team to figure out this year. At the beginning of the year, many had either BC or Florida State as a team that would breakthrough and challenge for one of the spots in the top half of the league this year. The Noles were picked to finish ninth in the league's preseason poll and, lo and behold, currently sit in ninth place in the league standings. From that perspective, FSU is having a perfectly average year. The Seminoles have split three series with Miami, Clemson and Maryland and lost both to Virginia in compiling a 6-8 league record.
With games remaining against Pitt and Syracuse, FSU may fall a bit further down the league table, but there's enough of a cushion of bad programs that the Noles may avoid having to play on Wednesday of the ACC Tournament. Along with the Miami game, this is probably BC's best last chance at a W.
Mar. 9 @ N.C. State Wolfpack
N.C. State is another tough team to figure out. The Wolfpack were rolling, winners of five of its last six games before consecutive losses to Syracuse and Clemson. N.C. State pushed #1 Syracuse to the limit in the Dome, but is now coming off a beatdown at the hands of Clemson. Sophomore forward T.J. Warren leads the conference in scoring with 23.0 points per game and is a matchup nightmare for BC.
The Eagles got waxed by N.C. State late last season at PNC Arena. Hard to see a different outcome with the Pack likely playing for some sort of postseason opportunity (NIT? NCAA?).
Mar. 12 ACC Tournament First Round
With the new ACC Tournament format, BC will most certainly be playing on Wednesday in either the #10 vs. #15, #11 vs. #14 or #12 vs. #13 matchups. The Hokies have been playing better ball of late, but with a final five games against N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina, Maryland and Georgia Tech, I would be surprised if Virginia Tech overtakes BC in the final league standings.
Assuming BC also doesn't win another game, the Eagles are probably looking at the #11 vs. #14 matchup. Still plenty of basketball left to be played, but right now that's looking like a matchup against one of Notre Dame, Wake Forest or Miami. All three of those matchups are certainly winnable. It's more a question of motivation at this point.