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Boston College Men’s Basketball Blown Out by Pittsburgh in First Round of ACC Tournament


NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Boston College vs Pittsburgh Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

And just like that, the Boston College men’s basketball season sputtered to a close with a first-round ACC Tournament loss to 14th-seeded Pittsburgh. The Eagles limped to the finish line of the regular season with a 1-5 record in their final stretch, and the postseason was more of the same with an early exit against a young but feisty Panthers team. The Panthers advanced past BC with a final score of 80-70 after leading by as many as 27 late in the second half.

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead on a pair of Popovic jumpers and a Chatman three, the Eagles let Pittsburgh battle back in with turnovers and slow defense. The Panthers defense harassed BC into turnovers and contested shots. They capitalized on steals and poor BC shooting with 10 fast break points in the half. Rather than adapting the offense, the BC team went into an absolute tailspin as the half wore on, missing every field goal attempt in over nine minutes to end the half.

Facing a 15-point deficit to start the second period, the Eagles came out with a disappointing effort. They were little more than a revolving door for the Pittsburgh offense that KenPom ranks 171st nationally. They shot over over 50% from the floor for most of the game before stumbling in the final minutes. BC was plagued by many of the offensive problems they have dealt with all season. They over-relied on a three-point shot that wasn’t falling (shooting under 25% from three), they dribbled into traps that resulted in steals or errant passes, and they had virtually no offensive production outside of Bowman, Chatman, and Popovic (Jared Hamilton had 8 but much of it came in garbage time at the end).

What looked to be a promising season for an Eagles squad that returned some experienced upperclassmen and boasted an exciting freshman class ended in disappointment down the stretch. We will soon find out if Martin Jarmond will make his first big revenue sport coaching move, but Jim Christian cannot be feeling good about what the past few blowouts have done to his stock. The final record for the season is 14-17, with a conference record of 5-14. BCI will have more offseason coverage and analysis to come.