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Boston College Basketball: Three Benchmarks to Be Hit For Rest of Out of Conference Schedule

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What do the Eagles need to do to make out-of-conference play successful?

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The out-of-conference portion of Boston College’s schedule this year has been topsy-turvy to say the least. Opening with a loss to lowly Nicholls State, the Eagles have had moments of brilliance, and moments of frustration. What does BC need to do to make the out-of-conference slate successful down the road?

  1. A Signature Win: This is by far and away the best thing the Eagles can do to put a positive outlook on the out of conference slate. The Eagles really haven’t had a win against a major program out of conference since they defeated Providence in the 2014-15 season. The Eagles have games against Auburn and Providence upcoming. If the Eagles can bring home a victory against a major program, it would forgive a whole lot of frustration, and possibly buy a little bit more patience.
  2. Finishing Above .500: The Eagles have five games remaining in out-of-conference play, and three of them are against teams the Eagles shouldn’t have trouble beating. If the Eagles are only .500, or, God forbid, below .500, it would be a failure.
  3. .500 at neutral sites: The Eagles have had a bit of a pseudo road schedule, in that the Eagles will not play a true road game until Jan. 3 against Wake Forest. Playing in neutral site contests are the only opportunities BC has to play outside the friendly confines of Conte Forum, and so far the road has been less than kind to the Eagles. If the Eagles can take its two remaining neutral site games, it might be a sign the Eagles are more ready than before to play well away from home.