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Breaking Down Boston College's Non-Conference Basketball Schedule

Brian: Last week, BC released their 2010-11 men's basketball schedule. Here is the non-conference portion of the schedule, with last year's record and final kenpom rankings:

Opponent Record kenpom
Bryant Bulldogs 1-29 346
St. Francis NY Terriers 11-18 310
Yale Bulldogs 12-19 255
Bucknell Bison 14-17 235
Holy Cross Crusaders 9-22 226
vs. Manhattan Jaspers* 11-20 198
Indiana Hoosiers 10-21 183
vs. UMass Minutemen 12-20 163
Harvard Crimson 21-8 120
Providence Friars 12-19 88
at South Carolina Gamecocks 15-16 84
vs. Georgia Bulldogs** 14-17 80
at Rhode Island Rams 26-10 66
vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish** 23-12 38
vs. Temple Owls** 29-6 22
vs. Texas A&M Aggies 24-10 17
vs. California Golden Bears** 24-11 15
vs. Wisconsin Badgers* 24-9 9

BC only has games against three 20-game winners from a year ago -- Texas A&M in the opening round of the Old Spice Classic, Rhode Island on the road and Harvard at home. Last season, BC went a decade-worst 10-5 in non-conference play, dropping games to Saint Joseph's, Northern Iowa, Harvard, Rhode Island and Maine.

After having looked over the non-conference schedule, do you think BC's senior laden team can improve on last year's poor showing in non-conference play? General thoughts on this year's non-conference schedule?

Jeff: While there do seem to be several guaranteed victories on the schedule, I do not think that this schedule is much, if any, different from a typical BC non-conference basketball schedule. Of the games we know, there are no certain losses in there which is nice, but there are many, many toss-up games and we will lose at least one game in the Old Spice Classic.

Then to your point about this being a senior-laden team. I think that senior leadership will help ensure that we don't lose to Bryant, St. Francis or Yale but because of the coaching changes and transfers, I don't think that the senior factor comes into play as much for our team this year because they will be learning a new system and playing out of their normal roles they have been playing the last three seasons. Early on, it is probably more justifiable this year than in years past for there to be a WTF loss. Also, with our complete lack of depth, getting some people in foul trouble early could become a real issue and we will become a team capable of losing to just about anyone.

 

* Will meet one of these wo teams in the Old Spice Classic -- Wisconsin, Manhattan
** Will meet one of these four teams in the Old Spice Classic -- Georgia, Notre Dame, Temple, Cal