According to the Sun Sentinel's Dieter Kurtenbach, the Boston College men's basketball team will face Florida Atlantic on Sunday, November 17 at Conte Forum as part of the 2K Sports Classic Regional Round. The addition of the Owls completes the Eagles' 2013-14 schedule of 31 opponents.
Boston College will face Florida Atlantic and Toledo in the 2K Sports Classic Regional Round before heading to Madison Square Garden to take on UConn and later, the winner of the Indiana / Washington game.
The Owls finished 2012-13 with a record of 14-18 (9-11 Sun Belt), falling to Troy in the first round of the Sun Belt Men's Championship. Freshman guard Stefan Moody returns as the Owls leading scorer in 2013-14, averaging 15.7 points and 2.2 assists a game last season.
The Eagles' 2013-14 schedule is shaping up to be one of the more challenging in recent memory. Dates have not been announced, but here is the order of opponents (subject to change, obvi).
@ Providence Friars
vs. UMass Minutemen (TD Garden)
2K Sports Classic
11/17 Florida Atlantic Owls
11/21 Connecticut Huskies (at Madison Square Garden)
11/22 Indiana Hoosiers / Washington Huskies (at Madison Square Garden)
Sacred Heart Pioneers
12/4 @ Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten / ACC Challenge)
@ USC Trojans
Philadelphia U. Rams
@ Auburn Tigers
12/28 vs. Va. Commonwealth Rams (Barclays Center)
@ Harvard Crimson
@ Virginia Tech Hokies
@ North Carolina Tar Heels
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Virginia Tech Hokies
@ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
@ Virginia Cavaliers
Duke Blue Devils
@ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
@ Syracuse Orange
@ Miami Hurricanes
@ Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Florida St. Seminoles
@ N.C. State Wolfpack
A couple thoughts:
-- Doesn't look like the game against Division II Philadelphia U. will be part of the 2K Sports Classic after all. Idk.
-- It's looking like the league will go back to having at least one conference game before the year is out. As in year's past, that means an early-season BC-Maryland game; meaning that the Eagles and Terrapins could wrap up their series on the hardwood before the year is out. Maryland heads to the Big Ten for the 2014-15 season.
-- Those games down the stretch -- including road games in four of the final six games -- will be hugely important to BC's NCAA Tournament chances. I'm not a fan of playing teams twice before playing others once (expansion FTW), but those end-of-season, first-time meetings with Pitt, Wake Forest, Florida State and N.C. State will be matchups that will carry with them rather large implications for March.
-- If the first BC-Syracuse home game in nine seasons ends up over winter break, I give up.