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Boston College Men’s Basketball Roundtable Part 1: Recapping the Season

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Now that the Boston College men’s basketball season, we look back at the season in this edition of roundtable.

What are your thoughts generally with the season?

Peter Caliguri: Overall, I would consider it a success. We knew there would be growing pains and a lot of question marks. But I think Grant did a solid job given the cards he was dealt.

Curtis Flannery: Success! While there were certainly a lot of ugly games, the team was surprisingly competitive against most teams and even pulled off a few upsets. The defensive effort was something to behold and, while the offense definitely needs a lot of work, there’s a strong base here to build upon.

Patrick Toppin: Odd. Weird. The season didn’t feel like a success (although it didn’t feel like a failure either) until the tournament, when the Eagles rattled off a couple of tournament wins. Now it looks like we’re entering the offseason with some momentum, which is a nice change of pace.

Arthur Bailin: Overall, I’m happy. I think there was an incredibly low expectation for this team this year given how much attrition the Eagles had from an already mediocre team last year. The team had a decent showing in-conference, and went a decent ways in the tournament. It was by no means perfect, but I like where they are starting out right now.

Did the season go along with your expectations?

Peter: Yes, in fact it may have exceeded them ever so slightly. The team looked committed and competitive every time they touched the floor.

Curtis: It exceeded my expectations. I was expecting between 1-3 conference wins, but they managed to pull out 6 of them. Despite it only being Grant’s first season, this would’ve been considered a “solid” year by Jim Christian standards. Though it should be noted that the ACC was remarkably in the gutter this season. Either way, BC was not 95-100% terrible like I was expecting.

Patrick: Thereabouts. The Eagles were always coming into this season with a talent disadvantage compared to most of the ACC and 10 wins seems like a decent wins target.

Arthur: Far exceeded. BC was competitive all year, and that’s far more than I could of asked for.

Who really stood out to you?

Peter: Jaeden Zackery. That kid is going to be a problem in the ACC and I absolutely LOVE it. Keep working kid!

Curtis: Outside of the obvious answer in DeMarr Langford Jr, Jaeden Zackery shows a lot of promise too. He’s a great scorer that can succeed in a lot of phases of the game. Give him another offseason to work on his game and I think we’ll see some great things next year.

Patrick: How quickly and effectively Earl Grant managed to instill his style of play into this team. Lost in #GrittyNotPretty memes, players seemed to really buy into the gameplan on both ends of the floor; players seemed to understand their roles better as well, as opposed to the final years of Jim Christian where it was ISO ball and bad shots.

Arthur: I was really impressed with how well BC developed from last year. The program’s mindset felt a lot different, and that goes to Early Grant.

Who do you have winning in your Men’s March Madness bracket?

Peter: Arizona. That team is a force to be reckoned with.

Curtis: Gonzaga. I know it’s boring. But it’s the smart pick.

Patrick: Arizona over Duke; Coach K loses all three of his final games in the most heartbreaking fashion possible.

Arthur: I had Auburn, which aged really well!