Yesterday, BC announced the non-conference schedule for the men’s basketball team, and today the women’s team had their non-ACC schedule released. This year, the Eagles are looking to rebound from a disappointing 2020-21 season that was marred by COVID protocols and saw the team struggling to close out wins. BC will have a chance to prepare for the intensity of ACC play with the following games...
Harvard, November 9 at Conte Forum
The Eagles will start the season looking to extend their series lead over Harvard, which currently stands at 1 game with a 9-8 series record in favor of BC. These teams last met in 2011, in a game which the Eagles won by just 2 points (80-78). The Crimson did not play last season due to COVID and they went just 6-8 in Ivy League play the previous season.
This will be a WBB/MBB double header, with the men’s team playing Dartmouth.
Holy Cross, November 13 at Conte Forum
The Eagles hold an impressive 30-10 series lead over Holy Cross, although BC dropped a surprise loss to the Crusaders when these teams last met in 2019 (80-71). Holy Cross went 7-8 last season, including multiple losses to BU.
The men’s team is set to play Holy Cross at Conte on November 12.
Boston University, November 17 at BU
BC’s first road game will be against hometown rivals Boston University. The Eagles have completely blown out BU in the last 2 meetings between these squads, winning 88-57 in 2019 and 78-51 in 2018. BC holds a 16-11 series lead, with the majority of BU’s wins occurring in the mid-late 1970s and early 1980s. BU had a 10-2 conference record last season, but this should be a winnable game for an ACC team like BC.
Providence, November 20 in Providence, RI
Despite a BC winning streak between 1998 and 2016, Providence leads this series 33-23. However, BC picked up a victory over the Friars last season, winning 58-46 thanks to a 16 point game by Cam Swartz. The Friars really struggled last year, going 7-14 overall and 4-10 in conference play.
Northeastern, November 24 at Conte Forum
The Eagles hold a decisive 16-3 series lead against Northeastern and haven’t lost to the Huskies since 1993. BC won the last meeting between these two teams (in 2015) by 26 points, with a final score of 71-45. Northeastern went 6-10 in conference play last year.
Albany, November 28 at Conte Forum
This will be the first meeting between BC and Albany, as Coach Bernabei-McNamee welcomes her former team to Conte Forum. Albany thrived under Coach Mac but the team has struggled a bit since her departure. Albany ended last season with a 7-11 record.
Penn State, December 2 at Conte Forum
This matchup will be part of the ACC–Big Ten Challenge and is just the fourth ever meeting between these two teams. BC’s only win against Penn State came in a 2010 double overtime thriller which BC won 113-104. Penn State won the last matchup (in 2016) by a score of 60-56. The Nittany Lions had a 9-15 record last season, and went 6-13 in Big Ten play.
VCU, December 5 in Richmond, VA
This will be only the second time BC and VCU have played each other. The Eagles won the first game, in 2019, by a decisive score of 87-52. VCU had a 16-11 season last year that got them all the way to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Indiana 63-32.
UMass, December 8 in Amherst, MA
BC hasn’t lost to UMass since 2007, and the Eagles hold an 11-4 series record. Last season, BC won this matchup 90-82 at Conte and 3 Eagles recorded double-doubles: Taylor Soule (29 p, 13 r), Clara Ford (15 p, 16 r), and Makayla Dickens (12 p, 10 r). UMass went 16-8 last season and played in the NIT.
UNH, December 11 at Conte Forum
The Eagles have a 19-8 series lead over UNH and the Eagles completely destroyed the Wildcats last season, winning 80-44 in their season opener. UNH went 5-15 last season and won a single away game, against Binghamton.
Sacred Heart, December 21 at Conte Forum
BC and Sacred Heart haven’t played each other since 2012, when the Pioneers earned a 54-48 victory. Sacred Heart also won the first ever meeting between these teams, but BC leads the series with 3 wins. The Pioneers went 8-10 overall last year and ended their season with a 7 point loss to Merrimack.