Thursday, March 29, 2012

Should Basketball Redshirt Incoming Freshmen?

As everyone knows, the men's basketball team has two incoming freshman this year, despite only losing one contributing bench player to graduation.  BC is a team that is not built to win next year, but looking forward to 2016-2017, it's worth wondering whether or not Steve Donahue will try to hang on to Joe Rahon and Olivier Hanlan for one additional year.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Season Recap With Anderson (Part II)

Today we finish our interview with BC freshman forward Ryan Anderson.  If Anderson isn't on the BC television commercial by his senior year the people who make those things should be fired.  He seems to really get what BC is all about, on and off the court, and I'm really excited to watch him play for the next three years.

BC basketball Checks Out Coke Machine

I thought this Coke marketing video was a complete disaster until the one minute mark, where a few of our favorite BC basketball players are caught checking out the new Coke machine.  I guess Anderson was right when he said that these guys go everywhere together.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Season Recap with Ryan Anderson

One week after the end of the season, I had the opportunity to sit down with Ryan Anderson.  It was really striking how smart and humble Anderson was throughout the interview.  He's going to be one of the all-time great BC basketball players, but he's also going to be a great representative for the university and someone who can help future freshmen navigate their first year at BC.  I'm already excited for next season just knowing that these guys are working hard to improve each and every day.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Depth at DT post Rudolph Suspension

Although Rudolph was only a part time player his suspension occurred shortly after Conor Oneal leaving the program. These departures leave BC short at defensive tackle heading into the 2012 season. Complicating the problem, at least one other player was involved in covering up Rudolph's crime and lying to the police. This player had previously been suspended. Rumors have been swirling that that player is Dillon Quinn, another defensive tackle. Quinn is one of the few players left on the team who had been suspended previously (twice - once for fighting in '11 and was suspended the 09 season for drugs).

Neither Rudolph or Oneal were expected to be in the top 3 tackles (Ramsey, Appiah, Quinn) but were key depth pieces at a position where players rotate a lot. At the top of the depth chart and rotation, Ramsey and Appiah provide two players who are athletic, strong at the point of attack, and can penetrate. However, Ramsey is coming off a completely missed season and is missing spring practice as well. It remains to be seen if he will be able to get healthy enough to play, and if so, if he will be able to play at the level he did in the 2010 season.

If Quinn is also out, then we have lost our top backup at both of the DT spots and only have Ricci left as the only player on the team who has experience at DT. Ricci looked okay during his true freshman season, but really just took up space. Reports have him down about 30 pounds this spring, so maybe he will be able to contribute more. The problem will really come to the forefront if Quinn is gone and Ramsey cant play like his usual self - that will leave us looking to convert a player who is currently playing DE to tackle. Borcich and Wujciak would be the two most likely people to make the switch but neither at the current time has a DT body (both of them are under 270 pounds) and the lack of strength would be a significant problem against ACC teams.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Bracket Challenge Update

With the first two rounds in the books, the Around the Res bracket challenge is shaping up to be quite competitive.  A little over half of our participants are in the top half of brackets nationally, but we have three brackets in the top tenth percentile.  The top five as of today are:
  1. Mike: 460
  2. Mike C.: 450
  3. M.Will: 440
  4. F.Hill: 430
  5. Pluta: 430
I guess I have to gloat while I can, because with just 960 possible points remaining, my bracket won't remain in the 98th percentile for long.  M.Will has a clear inside track to winning the guest post, with exactly 1000 points remaining, although there are a few competitors further down the leader board who could rack up over 1200 points in the remainder of the competition.  As for Hill and Pluta?  With only 560 and 280 PPR, neither of them stand a chance long term. 

Most disappointing bracket?  Hands down, it's Clayton.  After winning the guest post last year by riding UConn, Clayton is in the measly 5th percentile.  Classic first-to-worst Charles Dickens story.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Does Basketball Need Another Recruit?

The Boston College men's basketball team currently has four open scholarships.  Two are pledged to incoming recruits Olivier Hanlan and Joe Rahon, but Coach Donahue still has the option of bringing one or two additional new players aboard if he chooses.  At the end of next season, BC will gain only one opening with the graduation of soon-to-be senior Matt Humphrey, meaning that depending on what Donahue decides to do this year, next year's class will be between one and three men.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ode to Cahill

As almost all Eagles fans know, John Cahill's NCAA career came to an end with the conclusion of BC's participation in the ACC tournament.  Cahill, who played two years at BC as a man off the bench, was plucked from the Plex when Donahue needed more bodies for last year's team.  Cahill was looked at by Donahue during his high school days, but decided to come to Chestnut Hill for college.  A sharp shooter and a surprisingly good defender given his frame, Cahill represents a lot of what is good about Boston College.

After two years with the Eagles, number 22 is riding off into the sunset.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

How Many Wins for 2012-2013 Basketball?

With a rough first year of a rebuilding project behind the Baby Eagles, it's not too soon to begin thinking about next year.  In a down year for the ACC, the Baby Eagles managed four ACC wins.  Let's take a look at how many ACC wins the Eagles might be able to earn next year.

Any chance BC beats up on Duke next year?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Around the Res Bracket Challenge

Last year's bracket challenge produced what is likely the best post of all time on this blog, so of course we're going to do this again.  Just go to, a search for the group "Around the Res Challenge" to sign up and compete against other BC fans.  We're also going to try and convince other BC sports bloggers to compete in the Bloggers' Cup once more.  Defending his Bloggers' Cup title is our very own Mike C., who placed in the 84th percentile last year.  Of course, that didn't even come close to touching overall champ M. Clayton's bracket, which ended up in the 97th percentile.

Also, I hate making fun of Ralph because he's, well, two or three times my size, but the 6th percentile?  6th???  I mean you could seriously pick a bracket better by flipping a coin in the air.  I expect better from you this year big guy. 

To create a little incentive, we'll offer the same deal as last year: win it all and we'll give you a guest post. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012

BC Loses to NC State 78-57

BC dropped a winnable game to NC State today, losing 78-57 in a contest that was much closer than the score indicates.  BC played pretty well on the defensive end, holding NC State to under .400 for large portions of the contest, but the Baby Eagles were plagued once again with turnovers, poor foul shooting, and an inability to box out at key moments.

The next time we see the Eagles in game-action will be in August, when the team plays a few games in Europe.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mixed Reaction to Metro Article

This article in the Metro is making the rounds in the BC blogosphere today.  While the article brings up some good points, particularly with respect to the football program, BC fans should be careful not to confuse any criticism of the athletic department with well thought out, articulate criticism that provides helpful analysis for where BC should go from here.  My concerns about the direction of the football program are well-documented, but that being said, here are some of my issues with the Metro article.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

BC Beats Vermont 4-0; Wins Hockey East Regular Season

BC clinched the regular season Hockey East Championship tonight, beating Vermont 4-0.  Milner looked great in the goal, and seems to be in the middle of a hot streak just as we hit post-season play.  Parker is as good as any hockey goalie BC's seen in the past ten years when he's hot.  I feel great about our post-season chances when he's in the net.  BC struggled a little with puck movement and seemed to give up a few too many shorthanded turnovers.  A better team might have capitalized on those opportunities. 

Chris Kreider has been an absolute pro when it comes to handling all of the publicity he's received lately.  He represents BC well, and may be one of the best players to ever come out of our program.  It will be a shame to see him leave BC early, but hopefully he can work something out so that he can take classes over the summer and still receive the Boston College degree he deserves. 

Congrats to Coach York and the guys on yet another trophy. 

BC Loses Big to Miami: 77-56

Looking to build on the momentum stemming from a win over Ga. Tech at Conte, the men's basketball team imploded early against a hungry Miami team trying to secure an NCAA berth.  Obviously this was not the type of game that BC fans could "expect" to win; Miami is a likely March Madness team, we won't even sniff the NIT, but this game wasn't even as close as the score indicated.  Poor foul shooting, embarrassing defense, and non-existent ball control ruled the day for BC.  The loss also didn't help BC's chances of avoiding a mid-tier ACC team in the first round of the ACC tournament.  BC is now looking at the likelihood of playing an opponent with eight or nine ACC wins in the first round.  That will not end well.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Friday Round Table: Is BC Bowl Bound?

BC's full schedule was released earlier this week.  While BC fans have known which teams would be on the schedule for quite some time, now we can take a look at how spread out the difficult games are and keep an eye on long road trips and home stands.  With that in mind, we ask our panel:

Looking at the schedule, would you predict a bowl berth for the Eagles this year?

"I demand answers!!!"