We've know Boston College basketball's ACC opponents and the non-conference slate for quite some time now. Now, we have the complete scheduling picture with the release of the 2014-15 Atlantic Coast Conference basketball schedule on Wednesday.
Here's the complete schedule:
|Friday||14-Nov-14||New Hampshire Wildcats||TBA||7:00 PM|
|Sunday||16-Nov-14||vs. Massachusetts Minutemen @||TBA||3:00 PM|
|Thursday||20-Nov-14||vs. New Mexico Lobos #||ESPN2||5:00 PM|
|Friday||21-Nov-14||vs. George Mason / West Virginia #||TBA||TBA|
|Sunday||23-Nov-14||vs. Charleston / Connecticut / Dayton / Texas A&M #||TBA||TBA|
|Monday||1-Dec-14||Marist Red Foxes||TBA||7:00 PM|
|Friday||5-Dec-14||Providence Friars||ESPN3||7:00 PM|
|Thursday||11-Dec-14||Maine Black Bears||TBA||7:00 PM|
|Sunday||21-Dec-14||USC Trojans||ESPNU||4:00 PM|
|Monday||29-Dec-14||UMass Lowell River Hawks||TBA||7:00 PM|
|Saturday||3-Jan-15||at Duke Blue Devils||RSN||4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||6-Jan-15||Pittsburgh Panthers||RSN||9:00 PM|
|Saturday||10-Jan-15||at Miami Hurricanes||RSN||4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||14-Jan-15||Harvard Crimson||ESPN3||7:00 PM|
|Saturday||17-Jan-15||Virginia Cavaliers||RSN||2:00 PM|
|Tuesday||20-Jan-15||at Syracuse Orange||ESPNU||7:00 PM|
|Sunday||25-Jan-15||at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||RSN||1:00 PM|
|Wednesday||28-Jan-15||Louisville Cardinals||ACC Network||9:00 PM|
|Saturday||31-Jan-15||at Clemson Tigers||RSN||Noon|
|Wednesday||4-Feb-15||at Notre Dame Fighting Irish||RSN||7:00 PM|
|Saturday||7-Feb-15||North Carolina Tar Heels||ACC Network||3:00 PM|
|Wednesday||11-Feb-15||Syracuse Orange||ESPN2||7:00 PM|
|Sunday||15-Feb-15||Miami Hurricanes||ESPNU||6:30 PM|
|Wednesday||18-Feb-15||at Florida State Seminoles||ACC Network||9:00 PM|
|Saturday||21-Feb-15||Notre Dame Fighting Irish||RSN||4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||24-Feb-15||at Pittsburgh Panthers||ESPNU||9:00 PM|
|Saturday||28-Feb-15||North Carolina State Wolfpack||RSN||Noon|
|Monday||2-Mar-15||at Virginia Tech Hokies||ESPNU||9:00 PM|
|Saturday||7-Mar-15||Wake Forest Demon Deacons||RSN||2:00 PM|
@ at TD Garden
# Puerto Rico Tip-Off
BOLD ACC conference game
Some thoughts on the conference schedule (thoughts on the Eagles' ACC schedule rotation over the next two seasons here, and non-conference schedule here):
-- Jim Christian and the first-year Eagles coaching staff don't exactly get to "ease" into conference play, with his very first ACC game on the road at Duke on January 3. Yeesh. Six of the first nine ACC contests are on the road, including a pretty brutal stretch in late January (Virginia, at Syracuse, at Georgia Tech, Louisville).
-- The first three ACC games fall over winter break -- at Duke, Pittsburgh, at Miami -- including a home game against old Big East opponent with some regional appeal. A bit disappointing that the home ACC opener falls over winter break, but such is life in an 18-game schedule conference. I'm sure the atmosphere for that game will be electric.
-- BC's first game against Louisville as ACC conference foes is on Wednesday, January 28, which is solid. The midweek start time of 9 PM, however, is not.
-- The second half of the ACC slate opens up with two huge home games against North Carolina (Saturday, Feb. 7) and Syracuse (Wednesday, Feb. 11). Both of those games are sure to be the most in-demand tickets this season.
-- The home conference schedule finishes up with home games against Miami (Sunday, Feb. 15), Notre Dame (Saturday, Feb. 21), N.C. State (Saturday, Feb. 28) and Wake Forest #therivalry (Saturday, Mar. 7). Other than the Sunday night game against Miami, can't really complain about the dates or start times for the back half of the home slate.
-- The final two games of the season fall over spring break -- a mid-week 9 PM tip at Virginia Tech followed by a Saturday home game against Wake Forest. Depending on how the season goes, I can't imagine that final game against the Deacons being well attended.
-- Five of the 18 conference games are 9 PM starts -- two of those home games -- which isn't great news for attendance. Seems like as the conference continues to expand and more games are picked up on TV, more of BC's games are being pushed to 9 PM starts. Certainly doesn't help that the program has been on the decline the past few years. This is great for me living on the West Coast, but isn't exactly welcome news for those back East.
-- Much like the push for more 9 PM starts, the TV coverage seemingly is more disappointing every subsequent year. This season, only five of the 18 conference games will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU (no ESPN games). The Syracuse home game will be on ESPN2, while the at Syracuse, Miami, at Pittsburgh and at Virginia Tech games will air on ESPNU.
-- That home games against Pitt (RSN), Louisville (ACC Network) and North Carolina (ACC Network) and a road game at Duke (RSN) couldn't get picked up by one of the ESPN channels is pretty disappointing, but is probably fair given where this program is at heading into the 2014-15 season.
Overall, outside of that tough opening stretch of games, a pretty balanced schedule all things considered. I mean, you have to play all the teams on the schedule at some point, right?
Leave your thoughts on the full schedule below.