The link to the film below is one of a kind...there are NO copies of it anywhere else in the world.
This is the coach's VHS game tape. It is old and yellow/orange (although the floor was a yellow, tartan surface to begin with), grainy, and was taken from an old room in the corner of Roberts Center where the ventilation equipment was kept, requiring you jump up and pull yourself into to gain access. It will watch better on smaller screens than large ones, but if you are a fan of college basketball and a fan of Boston College basketball in particular, watch it. With no commercials and no play by play of any sort, the entire running time of the game is just an hour and seven minutes.
It was one of the biggest home games of the 1982-83 season, but what would the weather do to the battle between soon-to-be-elevated to #1 in the nation status, St. John's Redmen and the Boston College Eagles?
Snow fell during the day and into the night, and while the game would be played with the Redmen already in town, it was unclear how it would impact the attendance at what was sure to be a sold out (4,400 capacity) Roberts Center.
St. John's, led by legendary coach Lou Carnesecca and future NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, not to mention college greats David Russell and Bill Wennington (he of the Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls fame), entered the game ranked third in the country, but with #1 Memphis State and #2 Virginia both losing earlier in the day, a Redman win would put them atop the national polls come Monday.
Boston College was 10-2 under first year head coach Gary Williams and looking to justify their place in the conference and make noise on the national stage as well.
The Eagles were led by sophomore point guard Michael Adams, junior forward Jay Murphy, and senior forward John Garris and were on their way to a Sweet Sixteen season.
The atmosphere from minute one is electric. It is old Roberts Center at its absolute best; the crowd is literally on top of the action. Of all of the old videos I have, it is my all time favorite, I hope you enjoy it as well.