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  1. Jason Braxton, Athletic Director The quarterfinalists for the Norton Award were announced today. We were all very excited that freshman Leonard Meliet was named as a quarterfinalist. Leonard has been a mainstay for us this season, playing primarily at SF, but also putting in time as PG, SG, and once for a short time at C. He’s our leading scorer, averaging 14.5 ppg in our 22 games thus far this season. He’s also averaging 4.5 rpg and 3.6 apg. He’s scored in double figures in 19 games and had 20+ points in 4 games. Meliet’s accomplishment together with our sweep of this season’s series with Duke makes this a very special week for Boston College basketball.
  2. Jan. 30, 2028: #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils (20-2, 8-2) vs #4 ranked Boston College (19-2, 9-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA TJ Perry, athletic trainer for Boston College We’ve had a series of nagging injuries this season. Fortunately they’ve all be fairly minor. For this game it’s Jason Caldwell. He fell hard in practice. Came down on his right hand which is still sore. He is going to play but the minor injury may inhibit his effectiveness. The pain should pass before our next game, though. Coach Fed generally takes a pretty conservative approach, holding players out or limiting their play. This keeps the injuries from being aggravated, so his philosophy really helps our training staff. On the other hand, most players want to play and tend to provide overly optimistic comments about the extent of their injuries and ability to play. But if they do play with an injury that is limiting what they can do, my experience has been that their productiveness is typically greatly decreased. Tonight’s opponent, Duke, has one player out. Reserve PF Dave Chavis broke his leg a couple weeks ago. The Blue Devils’ star C Brian Taylor injured his wrist two games ago and he played poorly after the injury in that game. But he played in their next game and did well, so apparently it’s not bothering him all that much. The coaching staff and team seemed really focused in practice on taking down Duke. The Blue Devils come into the game riding a 7 game win streak. After losing to us on their home court a month ago, Duke is likely to be seeking revenge so it’s not going to be easy. But our beating them twice this season would be a huge rocking of the ACC world. I’m hoping we stay healthy throughout the game so I can watch as much of it as possible. PF Marvin Reese scored the first 7 points in the game. After that we pulled out to a 14-3 lead at the first media timeout. The bench and our fans were going crazy. Coming out of the timeout, SF Leonard Meliet drained to make it 17-3 and causing Duke’s coach to call a timeout to try to quiet the crowd. Duke responded by knocking down a 3 as soon as play resumed. But the Blue Devils looked rattled. Jason Caldwell was politicking to get into the game, but Coach Fed had Winston Minahan replace Marvin Reese at PF. We went flat offensively for a while but then got back on track to build a 33-12 lead with 6 minutes left in the half. SF Michael Millford went down hard and came out of the game. We checked him out, but he was ok. The half ended with us on top 46-27. Nothing but normal aches and pains in the locker room. Coach Fed was happy with the way the team had played so just made a slight change defensively for the second half to try to keep SF Rod Allen, who’d scored 10 points in the first half, in check. All our scoring in the first half came from our starters plus C Greg Kidd. Duke went on a run the first 5 minutes of the second half to cut our lead to 52-48. Even though our guys were having a tough time hitting their shots, they were able to reopen a double-digit lead. Marvin Reese came down with a muscle cramp but was able to return to play after we worked on it. Late in the game Duke had to foul to try to get the ball back in their hands. That allowed us to add to our lead and come away with a prized 73-56 win over Duke. Topping our scoring were C Courtland Reese and SF Leonard Meliet with 15 point each. Courtland Reese also had 8 rebounds. PF Marvin Reese scored 11 and PG Josh McFadgon and reserve C Greg Kidd both scored 10. SG James Lilly had 8 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Duke’s SF Rod Allen had 20 points and 8 rebounds, but Courtland Reese completely shut down C Brian Taylor who scored just 2 points in 34 minutes of play. Since Coach Fed kept Jason Caldwell off the floor throughout the entire game, I believe Jason will be fully recovered for our next game. Virginia didn’t play tonight, so we have a half-game lead in the ACC standings.
  3. Jason Braxton, Athletic Director Good news this week. All five of our recruited players had high enough SAT scores to exceed our minimum requirements. Each of them are ranked within the top 100 recruits. So we’re all excited to get them onto campus later this year and plying for us next fall.
  4. Jan. 27, 2028: #4 ranked Boston College Eagles (18-2, 8-1) vs #9 ranked Louisville Cardinals (16-5, 5-4) at KFD Yum! Center in Louisville, KY 2nd Assistant Coach Chris Evans (recruiting) It’s been a little over two months since unsupported allegations were made about our recruiting program. I’d thought these had disappeared the way all false accusations should. But earlier this week, an NCAA investigator appeared at our door asking to review our records. This took a full two days. While I was certain he would find nothing amiss, it still was an excruciating time for me and everyone here at Boston College. The investigator left late yesterday without providing an inkling about his findings. I guess now we wait to see if another shoe drops. I can not for the life of me believe that anything will come of this. But it’s still extremely unsettling. Coach Aura has taken it all calmly, at least on the exterior. Practice proceeded as if nothing was going on. That’s good because Louisville will be a tough team to beat on their home court. They have an 11-1 home record this season. The Cardinals have been extremely inconsistent in ACC play but kicked butt throughout their pre-conference schedule. They’re one of the top rebounding teams in the country, but I think that’s because they’ve been a poor shooting team so have more rebounding opportunities. We’ll be finding out tomorrow how the five guys we recruited did on their SAT’s. I’m on pins and needles awaiting those results and sure hope all five met our minimum score. Game developments: Some good defense by us early that allowed the Cardinals to hit just 1 of their first 12 FG’s so that we opened a 13-3 lead. Surprisingly, we control the boards throughout the first half. We pretty much maintained a double digit lead from thereon and finished the half up 39-30. We didn’t shoot well hitting just 38% of our shots but Louisville hit only 31% of theirs. We out-rebounded the Cardinals 22-12. SF Michael Millford came in off the bench to lead our scoring with 7 points. Play was extremely sloppy by both teams in the 2nd half. Both teams had a tough time getting the ball in the hoop making the poor shooting of the first half seem good. There were lots of turnovers and fouls. We padded our lead to as much as 16 points even though we were hitting about 25% of our shots during the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half. Louisville cut our lead to 7 points with 3-1/2 minutes to go. We rallied to retake a double digit lead, but then the Cardinals came back and with 1:20 left they narrowed the gap to 64-60. But Louisville was forced to foul from thereon and we managed to come away with a 70-63 victory. The Cardinals hit just 31% of their shots, but we could only get 34% of our in the hoop. We controlled the boards 47-29 but had 19 turnovers to 12 by the Cardinals. C Courtland Reese had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. SG James Lilly also had a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards. SF Leonard Meliet and PF Marvin Reese scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively. We played unimpressively but our defense carried us to a road win and kept us tied with Virginia for first place in the ACC, one game ahead of Duke and 2 games ahead of Notre Dame and North Carolina.
  5. Jan. 25, 2028: North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-5, 5-3) vs #4 ranked Boston College (17-2, 7-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA HOOPS (the basketball-focused blog with the highest page views) A surprising name in the Top 5 in the polls this season has been a college that has not been highly ranked for over a quarter of a century. The new Top 5 entrant this season is Boston College. While it was evident the Eagles were on an ascendance, few anticipated that the Eagles would even be in the Top 25 this season. In the 5 seasons before Frederick Aura took over as head coach at Boston College, the Eagles has won 49 and lost 105 games. So in just 2-1/2 years, Aura has worked wonders at BC. Obviously Jason Braxton, Boston College’s athletic director, must have taken notice of Aura when Aura’s Towson team trampled the Eagles by 17 points in a pre-conference game in 2023. While not mentioning that embarrassing loss, Braxton said, “We were in need of a big turn around for our basketball program. Fred Aura did a tremendous job of developing Towson from a losing program into a consistent winner and powerhouse within their conference and a repeat participant in the NCAA Tournament. I thought he could do the same for us, but even I’ve been surprised by the rapidity with which he’s done so here.” Boston College has a sparkling 17-2 season record this year and sits tied with Virginia atop the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 7-1 record. Playing on the road, the Eagles shocked #2 ranked Duke by defeating the Blue Devils 61-42 in an ACC opener. The Eagles have streaked upward in the polls…as high as #3. Even though Boston College won 2 games last week, a loss to Clemson caused them to fall a notch in the polls to #4. Above them are Kansas, Duke (which is a game behind BC in the ACC standings ), and Creighton. Last night, the Eagles hosted another team that has played better this season than expected…the North Carolina State Wolfpack (13-5, 5-3). To keep up with Virginia which won earlier in the day, BC needed to win. The Eagles, playing at home, were 10 point favorites and C Courtland Reese scored 7 of BC’s first 9 points, but the Wolfpack didn’t fold. Midway through the first half, NC State was ahead by 7 points. The Eagles gamely fought to come back and 5 minutes later regained a small lead due to a stout defense. That lead grew to as much as 8 and the half ended with Boston College on top 46-39. Courtland Reese had an awesome half, scoring 17 points for the Eagles. Three minutes into the 2nd half, BC’s lead had grown to 15 points. Five minutes later the difference was 25 points as the Eagles demonstrated their strength. Even though Coach Aura was substituting freely, BC continued their dominance and finished the game with an impressive 91-64 victory. The Eagles outshot the Wolfpack 45% to 33%, dominated the boards 45-30, held a 15-8 turnover advantage, outscored NC State in the paint 32-10, on 2nd chance points 18-4, and on fast break points 8-2. Leading Boston College was C Courtland Reese with 24 points and 10 rebounds. He was ably supported by SF Leonard Meliet’s 14 points, SG James Lilly recording a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards, and reserve PF Winston Minahan who scored 10 points. Coach Frederick Aura said, “This was a good team effort. I was particularly happy with how we were able to effectively tighten our defense over the final 30 minutes of the game. Courtland and James played extremely well as did Winston Minahan and Jason Caldwell who came in off the bench to score a combined 19 points.
  6. Jan. 20, 2028: Miami (FL) (13-5, 5-3) vs #3 ranked Boston College (16-2, 6-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Bobby Monroe, WRKO Radio I host a daily sports talk show on WRKO. Since the Eagles have been playing so well, there’s been a lot more callers wanting to talk about the team. I’ve watched many of their games on TV, but decided I’d come see them in person hoping it would give me a better perspective on the team and be able to talk about some things its not easy to pick up on when just watching them on the tube. One thing that jumped right out at me during the warmups was that James Lilly really is much smaller than most of the other players and yet he’s been one of BC’s top rebounders. At 6’0” he’s the smallest guy on the team. I was hoping he would have a big rebounding night so I can see how he accomplishes it from his SG position. Miami has played inconsistently in ACC action, but they are the only ACC team that’s beaten Virginia and the Cavaliers are presently tied with Boston College for first place in the ACC. The Hurricanes have scored well but have been weak defensively. Observations: +Courtland Reese looked dominant inside. Scored 9 points in the first 5 minutes. +Eagles zone defense was effective. +Watching Lilly rebound…he just anticipates so well…gets to the right place, good elevation when there. +BC careless with the ball…too many turnovers. +Leonard Meliet looked good from outside the arc. Hard to believe he’s only a freshman…able to score, rebound, and dish out assists. +Coach Aura subs regularly keeping fresh legs on the court. +Miami rallied a couple times to get within a single point, but BC able to shut them down and regain control, including 21-4 run that put the Eagles ahead 40-22 with minute remaining in half. +At the half, it was 47-27 in favor of Boston College. FG%: 50% for BC, 27% for Miami; 3P%: 47% for BC, 10% for Miami; Turnovers: 8 by BC, 11 by Miami; Rebounding: even. +3 Eagles in double figures after 1st half: Leonard Meliet—14; Courtland Reese—12; Josh McFadgon—11. Bench which has played well in most other games was unproductive in first half. Top scorer for Miami had just 5 points. +Bench-warmer SF Keith Kolder came in and fired up offense in the second half. He scored 7 points and grabbed to rebounds in his first 5 minutes on the floor. +Miami never able to reduce BC’s lead in the second half due to Eagles’ lock-down defense which caused the Hurricanes to shoot even worse than they did in the first half. +Eagles controlled the boards in the second half. +Boston College won with ease 79-54. +Miami’s shooting for entire game was an abysmal 24% and BC forced them to make 16 turnovers. Only thing Miami did well was shoot free throws hitting 19 for 19 at the line. +Eagles’ reserves played much better in second half, scoring 16 of the 32 points the Eagles scored in the 2nd half. +C Courtland Reese: 18 points and 7 rebounds; SF Leonard Meliet: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists; PG Josh McFadgon: 11 points; PF Marvin Reese: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; SG James Lilly-8 rebounds. +#13 ranked Virginia traveled to take on Notre Dame and beat the #15 ranked Fighting Irish to stay in a tie with Boston College for 1st place in the ACC. #14 ranked North Carolina and #2 ranked Duke are one game back.
  7. Janeka Aura Fred’s attention is more focused on his team this year than ever before. Don’t get me wrong, he’s always been spent many hours every day on his teams. But for some reason, it seems he’s devoting even more time and energy this season. You’d think that when his team is doing so well, things would each up. But maybe the pressure of being ranked high in the polls is creating stress. Whatever it is, it means he has less time for family…which I’m not happy about. Of course he has to miss Malik’s high school basketball games when Boston College is on the road, but he’s also missed a few when they’ve been here in town. Not good. He makes every effort to get to Devany’s soccer games, but has missed a few of those too. I’m still working mainly from home. Mom’s cancer was in remission, but it’s snuck back. So I’m spending a lot of time with her and Daddy. They’re pretty resilient but this has been a long, rough journey for them. Devany is now a 5th grader. She loves school and ballet but excels in soccer. She’s a bubbly kid who is beginning to really get into music. Malik is a junior in high school. I believe he’s experiencing some of the normal challenges of high school and being a teenager. But he’s an extremely good basketball player. He’s not as tall as Omari but has a great scorer at his SG position. Omari chose to go to Providence. As a freshman, he’s finding college scholastics to be more difficult than high school. So far he’s pretty much a B- student at Providence. He’s been coming in off the bench at SF, playing a little over 10 mpg and averaging 3.5 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Even though he’s not hitting his shots as well as he’d like, Coach Brandin Parker feels he’s breaking in well to collegiate basketball. The Friars are 16-3 and ranked 5th in the polls. Fred tries to get to as many of Omari's games as possible, but we can also catch Providence’s games on TV.
  8. Jan. 18, 2028: #3 seed Boston College Eagles (16-1, 6-0) vs Clemson Tigers (9-8, 3-4) at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC Melissa Rockingham, Boston College Alumna I graduated from BC five years ago and was hired by SYNNEX Corporation, a technology solutions provider, in Greenville, SC. I like living here even though my politics don’t mesh all that well with the majority here. I decided to make the 45 minute drive to Clemson to watch my alma mater, particularly since they’re doing so well this year. A friend of mine from work who is a Clemson fan came along with me. We have a bet on the game. I imagine I’ll be the only BC fan in attendance amongst a bunch of rabid Tigers fans. According to my friend, Clemson has home wins against Virginia and Louisville, two ranked teams. They’re paced by SG Lou Robinson (15.5 ppg), SF Mark Leib (13.9 ppg), and C Bill DeManby (10.6 ppg). But I like what I’ve heard about the Eagles players so have a good feeling we’ll win. My friend says home court advantage will favor the Tigers but the Eagles have just finished winning three straight away games. The Eagles shot well to begin the game. The first time out came with 14-1/2 minutes to play and the score 16-7 with BC leading. My friend who had been loud when the game started had quieted down. The Eagles were ahead by 15 two minutes later. SF Leonard Meliet is hitting every shot he takes…great player. Clemson finished the half strong and the game was tied at 46-46 at the end of the half. Clemson came out burning up the net and streaked ahead 55-48. Courtland Reese picked up his 3rd and 4th fouls in the first 2-1/2 minutes of the 2nd half. Then the Tigers could do no wrong and the Eagles could do nothing right. Clemson went ahead 77-55 with 12 minutes remaining. The crowd was going absolutely crazy. The Tigers simply could not miss and the lead grew to 88-61 a couple minutes later. The Eagles went down to a huge defeat, 111-88. My friend said the Tigers hit about 75% of their shots in the 2nd half and about the same percentage of their 3’s. Clemson’s SF Mark Leib scored 24 and SG Lou Robinson hit for 22. BC’s leading scorers were C Courtland Reese with 15, SG James Lilly with 13, and SF Leonard Meliet with 11. Ray Martin’s WRKO Radio Station interview of Coach Frederick Aura: Martin: What happened Coach? Aura: We ran into a buzzsaw. Clemson simply outplayed us the last 30 minutes of the game. And in the 2nd half, we fell apart completely on defense. Martin: You had such a good start in the game. Aura: I think that was our undoing actually. We got overconfident and you just can’t do that against any ACC team. Losses are inevitable but I sure hate to lose the way we did. Martin: I guess now it’s time to regroup. Aura: Oh, we will. The team is solid. We finally get to play a home game next. Four straight away games is torture.
  9. Jan. 16, 2028: #3 ranked Boston College (15-1, 5-0) vs Virginia Tech Hokies (7-8, 1-4) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, VA Boston Herald EAGLES SAVE BEST FOR LAST The Boston College Eagles put their conference lead and their undefeated ACC record on the line when they travelled to take on Virginia Tech last night. Blacksburg, Virginia was during a near record cold spell, but a high level of enthusiasm by the Hokies fans warmed up Cassell Coliseum. The Eagles’ defense stymied the Hokies early and Boston College ran away to a 19-4 lead eight minutes into the game. But BC’s offense got cold and Virginia Tech’s shooting warmed up. With 5 minutes to go in the half, the Hokies took a single point lead. The lead then flipped back and forth with BC scoring in the late going of the half to lead 37-34 at the break. C Courtland Reese scored 10 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the first half. Boston College opened the 2nd half with a spurt that put them ahead by 14 with 15 minutes to play. The teams exchanged baskets for the next four minutes but then the Eagles pulled further away to go up by a score of 71-51 with 8 minutes remaining. BC continued to extend their lead and finished the game by whipping the Hokies 91-62 as they outscored Virginia Tech by 26 points in the second half. The Eagles connected on 54% of their FG’s and 47% of their 3’s while holding Virginia Tech’s shooting to 39% on FG's and just 21% on their 3 point attempts. SF Leonard Meliet drilled in 25 points, C Courtney Reese had 18 points and 8 rebounds, and PF Marvin Reese added 10 points.
  10. Jan. 11, 2028: #6 ranked Boston College Eagles (14-1, 4-0) vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (9-6, 2-2) at Hank McCamish Pavilion in Atlanta, GA Excerpts from WEEI Radio game broadcast --Hi Eagles fan. This is Parker White along with Cap Morrison bringing you tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The first place Eagles hope to keep their perfect ACC record. Georgia Tech is a good shooting and scoring team averaging nearly 81 ppg, but poor defensively giving up nearly 78 ppg. What do you think BC’s chances are, Cap? This is their 2nd road game in three days, so will they be road-weary? I think the Eagles are a much better team than the Yellow Jackets, Parker. Even though they’re living out of hotels, I believe that’s not going to be a problem. I am picking BC to win by at least 10 points. But they need to take advantage of Georgia Tech’s porous defense and shoot much better than they have been recently. Both teams are at full strength for tonight’s game. Right, Parker. So that’s another advantage for BC. Their depth will be a big plus in allowing Coach Aura to keep fresh legs on the court and wear down the Yellow Jackets. The game’s about to start, Cap. --Cap, BC’s come out on fire. Just over 4 minutes into the game and they’re ahead 14-0. If it weren’t for their 3 turnovers, the Eagles would even have a bigger lead. --Lilly is called for his 2nd foul…that’ll send him to the bench with 14 minutes left in the half. But the Eagles’ defense has kept Georgia Tech from working the ball inside. 6 of their 8 shots have been from outside the 3-point arc. Parker, that’s a good reason they’re trailing 16-3. Jason Dunn checks in to replace Lilly. --The refs are working BC over. 11:20 left to go in the half and they are charged with their 7th foul. That’s two on Caldwell. Greg Kidd replaces him. --Sloppy play by the Eagles continues. That pass by Courtland Reese was way off target. That’s the team’s 8th turnover. --Courtland Reese is the 4th player on BC to go to the bench with 2 fouls. Are the refs trying to keep the Yellow Jackets in the game? Coach Fed giving the refs heck. --Boy that was one ugly half. BC had 11 turnovers, GT had 10. The Yellow Jackets hit just 26% of their FG’s but were able to cut the Eagles’ lead at the break to 33-31 because they went to the line 15 more times where they scored 12 more points than BC. The Eagles were tagged with 15 fouls and 6 of their players had 2 fouls apiece. The refs called just 7 fouls on GT. I’m surprised, Parker, that Coach Fed didn’t get a technical. --The Eagles now trail 42-38 at the first media timeout of the 2nd half. Lilly now on the bench with 4 fouls. --BC just ran off a 9-3 run to get them within 3 points at 50-47 with 10-1/2 minutes remaining. --That’s 3 fouls on Meliet. He’ll join Lilly and McFadgon on the bench. The refs are making a travesty of this game. --Phil Thompson hits the 3! Sweet shot. That ties the game at 54-54 with 8:47 to go. --Meliet steps into the passing lane and picks off the pass. Marvin Reese streaks downcourt. Meliet shoots him with the pass and Reese slams it home. Boston College back on top 62-60 with 6:44 to go. --The final media timeout is called with 3-1/2 minutes remaining and Georgia Tech on top 66-64. The Eagles need to start hitting a higher percentage of their shots and can’t afford any more turnovers, Parker. --McFadgon’s 20 footer goes in to tie the game. A foul on the shot. McFadgon’s foul shot is off the rim. --Lilly gets the ball into Kidd. Kidd makes a move to the bucket and slams it home. 68-66 in favor of BC. 2 minutes left to go. --Yet another turnover by the Eagles. The Yellow Jackets are still down by two but call a time out with a minute to play. GT works the ball around. It goes to Brunson at just to the right of the key and he sinks it to tie the game. 43 seconds remain. Time out called by the Eagles. --A pick and roll by BC, but Lilly’s shot is off the mark. GT brings it quickly down court and lofts a 3 that goes down. Time out called by BC with 19 seconds to go. --The Eagles work the ball around the perimeter trying to get free for a 3. It goes to Phil Thompson in the corner and he puts it up. It’s IN! That ties it at 71-71. What a pressure shot! --GT gets it upcourt quickly. Doctor’s shot is up…..and is no good. We go to overtime. --Surprise. The refs call Georgia Tech for 2 fouls in the first 40 seconds of OT. BC converts 3 of 4 from the line to make it 74-71. --Courtland Reese gets his 2nd block of the OT. The ball goes to Lilly who fires a quick outlet pass to Meliet. Meliet dribbles around the head of the key. He finds Courtland Reese on the baseline. Reese puts up a contested shot that drops through to make it 76-71 with 2:36 on the clock. --Lilly steals the ball. He shoots it to Marvin Reese for a sweet alley-oop jam making it 78-71. Great defense by BC. --Lilly knocks down an 18 foot jumper with 1:30 to go and it’s 80-71. --With a minute to go, Georgia Tech is forced to foul. Marvin Reese misses the first and makes the second to give the Eagles a 10 point lead. --Lilly fouls out with 55 seconds remaining. GT hits both shots to score their first points of the OT. --The Yellow Jackets could only foul to try to get the ball back…making the final score 86-75. Stellar defense by BC allowed just 2 points on free throws and a very late FG by Georgia Tech in the overtime. --Parker, after a very hard-fought second half, that was TOTAL domination by Boston College throughout the entire 5 minutes of overtime. The Eagles came up big in OT when it counted. They never let Georgia Tech get off an easy shot. --In this game, Cap, the Eagles were led by C Courtland Reese with 15 points and 13 boards, PF Marvin Reese who had 13 points and 10 rebounds, SG James Lilly with 8 points and 12 boards, and SF Leonard Meliet who scored 8 and had 10 rebounds. --That makes the Eagles 5-0 in the ACC and 1 game ahead of Virginia, Notre Dame and Miami. ---They have two more road games next week so their testing continues. We’ll be here next week for those games, folks…you be here too. Jason Braxton, Athletic Director The two road wins this week moved us up in the polls. We’re now 3rd in the Media Poll and 4th in the Coaches Poll. We remain as the team with the best NET Ranking.
  11. Jan. 9, 2028: #6 ranked Boston College Eagles (13-1, 3-0) vs Florida State Seminoles (10-5, 0-4) at Donald L. Tucker Civic Center in Tallahassee, FL SG James Lilly I’m so happy to be playing for Boston College. To be honest, the main reason I chose BC was that the previous head coach PROMISED me that I would start as a freshman. The other colleges I was looking into wouldn’t give me that guarantee. I expected I could come here and turn the program around. That didn’t happen under the old coach in my freshman year. But when Coach Fed got here, things really began changing. Getting to the finals of the CIT tournament as a sophomore and then winning the ACC tournament and getting to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament as a junior made my decision to play for the Eagles a good one. And thus far this season, the team has been GREAT! You gotta wonder what’s up with Florida State. They finished pre-conference play with a 10-1 record and were ranked as high as 11th in the polls. But they have lost their first 4 ACC games…and all 4 have been losses by double-digits. We’re intent on making their recent misfortunes continue. Unlike the most recent teams we’ve played, Florida State is more like us in that they don’t have one or two star players but a bunch of solid players, any one of whom can lead the team in a given game. So we’ll save our double teaming for anyone that gets hot. Due to poor shooting we trailed most of the first half, but late in the half we went on a 9-0 run that gave us a small lead. With 6 seconds left, Coach Fed called a time out to set up an isolation play that allowed me to get up jumper from the left of the key that settled through the hoop to give us a 31-28 halftime advantage. We only hit 35% of our shots, but Florida State did no better in the half. Our top scorer in the first half was C Courtland Reese with 10 points. I had 5 points and 6 boards. Early in the 2nd half we scored 10 unanswered points that gave us a 44-33 lead. With 16 minutes to play. We had to struggle to hold onto the lead but the Seminoles were able to whittle away at it mainly because of uncharacteristic poor foul shooting by us. But Florida State was fouling a lot, many were simply stupid fouls. So even though both teams weren’t shooting well from the field, we got to the foul line repetitively and that, along with a 47-34 rebounding advantage, turned out to be the difference. The extra 14 points we scored on free throws gave us a 67-54 win. Not pretty, but a win is a win. Leading our scoring was C Courtland Reese with 20 points and he also had 8 rebounds. I had a nice little double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
  12. Jan. 6, 2028: #22 ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (11-2, 3-0) vs #9 ranked Boston College Eagles (12-1, 2-0) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Rob Francisco, Director of Hoop Club The Hoop Club is the men’s basketball team’s support organization. On game day we gather in the Shea Room for a buffet dinner prior to the game and then again for snacks and drinks at halftime. Often there is a chalk time before the game by either an assistant coach or one of the radio voices of the Eagles. Annual membership rates range from $250 to $1000. Because of how well the team has done the past two seasons and so far this season, membership has grown significantly. Besides my wife Tori, I brought 6 guests to tonight’s game. Two went to Notre Dame but the other four are solid Eagles’ fans. For the third straight game the Eagles have to contend with a superstar freshman PF. For Notre Dame’s it’s Marqus Gibson who was the 10th highest ranked recruit last year. He’s averaging 15.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg and 1.6 spg. The guy is a very good inside scorer and a beast on the boards as well as being a solid defender. Junior SF Rich Thompson is averaging 12.4 ppg and 6.2 rpg. Thompson has scored consistently the same each of the 3 years he’s played for Notre Dame and shoots best from mid-range. Notre Dame runs a slow-paced offense and plays an effective 1-2-2 zone defense which has allowed just 61.1 ppg by their opponents. Two of the Fighting Irish’ ACC wins have been over #18 ranked North Carolina and #2 ranked Duke. I hear that Virginia lost earlier today, so the winner of this game will be the lone undefeated ACC team and have sole possession of 1st place. We finished the buffet so it’s out to our game seats to watch the game: The refs call 2 fouls on C Courtland Reese in the first minute of play. The crowd is booing the refs lustily. Notre Dame hit 6 of their first 7 field goals. My guests who are Notre Dame alum were hooting it up. But with 12-1/2 minutes left in the half, the Eagles get their first lead when PF Winston Minahan intercepted a pass and delivered it upcourt to C Greg Kidd who jammed it down to make it 16-15 in favor of BC. Leonard Meliet was charged with his 3rd foul midway through the half so our top two scorers were on the bench. The Eagles were doing good pounding the ball inside for some easy baskets and led 38-30 with 4 minutes to play. The half ended with BC on top 47-40. Both teams hit over 50% of their FG’s, but BC held an 18-11 rebounding advantage and a 10-5 turnover advantage. Notre Dame had scored 5 more points than the Eagles at the foul line. PG Josh McFadgon was high point man for BC with 11 points. For the Fighting Irish, SG Tom Tatum had 14 points and PF Marqus Gibson scored 13. Both teams fired darts in the early going of the 2nd half. At the first media time out, the Eagles were ahead 63-50. The teams kept pouring in points but BC held off the Fighting Irish. With 4 minutes to play, the score was 81-70. BC never let down throughout the entire 2nd half and beat Notre Dame 89-77. The Eagles edged the Fighting Irish in most all team stats and crushed them on the boards, 38-24. Boston College is now in sole possession of 1st place in the ACC. PF Josh McFadgon had a big night, 23 points and 8 assists. C Greg Kidd scored 12 and PF Marvin Reese added 11. SG Tom Tatum hit for 9 points and added 6 assists for Notre Dame.
  13. Jan. 2, 2028: Syracuse Orange (8-3, 1-1) vs #9 ranked Boston College Eagles (11-1, 1-0) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA RyReys Blog, Ryan Reynolds Last week, Coach Aura’s Boston College Eagles continued their winning ways and improved their record to 11-1 with a devastating beat-down of Duke. The Blue Devils had glazed looks after BC’s defense completely stumped their efforts. Home court advantage meant nothing in this game as the Eagles’ defense was rock solid for the entire 40 minutes. BC then fought their way through a snowstorm to get home to take on Syracuse. The Eagles’ win over Duke pumped up enthusiasm within their fan base and ensured Silvio O. Conte Forum was filled to the rafters last night. Syracuse lost their ACC opener to Miami but then beat #4 ranked Louisville. The Orange have relied on two 5-star freshmen this season: PF George Plowman is averaging 20.7 ppg and 8.0 rpg and SG Chad Lopez has scored 10.3 ppg with 4.4 apg. The question for many at the beginning of the game was: Can BC contain Plowman like then did Duke’s freshman phenom Rod Allen? BC turned the ball over on each of their first 5 possessions, which put them in a 7-0 hole. The Eagles slowly chipped away and with 8:57 remaining in the half, Michael Millford knocked down a jumper on which he was fouled. He sank the free throw also and BC was tied with Syracuse at 20-20. BC pulled away in the final 5 minutes to take a 40-28 lead to the locker room. Leading the scoring for the Eagers were C Courtland Reese and SF Leonard Meliet with both scoring 8 points. The Eagles shot well throughout the 2nd half and continued to expand their lead. When the claxon sounded ending the game, Boston College had a convincing 83-58 win over the Orange. BC outshot Syracuse 50% to 32%, dominated the boards 35-23 and outscored the Orange in the paint 20-8. In the final 29 minutes of the game, the Eagles outscored the Orange 66-28. The victory put BC into a 3-way tie for 1st place in the ACC with Virginia and Notre Dame. Both C Courtland Reese and SF Leonard Meliet scored 20 points and each had 8 rebounds. PG Josh McFadgon contributed 13 points while SG James Lilly hit for 10 points. The Eagles held PF George Plowman to just 10 points but SG Chad Lopez scored 16 points. The Eagles host Notre Dame in their next game later this week. BC then will have two tough weeks with 4 straight away games.
  14. PF Winston Minahan The flight back from North Carolina to Boston was horrible. A storm was moving up the East Coast and it seemed like we were right in the middle of it. A rough all the way. By the time we got to Boston, the storm had hit there with heavy snowfall. A scary landing as the plane skidded along the runway. And the bus ride from the airport to campus wasn’t any better. We got back late at night. I was exhausted and slept in the next morning. When I got up I was shocked when I looked out the window at what I saw. Snow had fallen all night…a very heavy snowfall. Checking out a weather report, I found out 18 inches had fallen shutting down the city. We’d had very moderate weather throughout December and had been lulled into a false sense of reality, thinking we’d get through the entire winter without any really bad weather. Well, we were wrong. This storm had the whole city shut down. It continued to snow throughout the day, but fortunately had a much lower rate. Our next game was four days away, but it was a home game against Syracuse and they had even more snow that we did. It looked like the game would have to be postponed. The snow didn’t keep the coaching staff from expecting us to practice, though. We politicked for snow days, but Coach Fed was adamant…get your butts to the gym. So we trudged through the snow every day. I’d hardly seen more than a trace of snow at any time while growing up in Sonora, TX. During my year at Texas Tech, there was a little more snow in Lubbock than what I’d seen in Sonora, but not more than a couple inches at a time. So at first it was fun going out into the deep snow…but after a day or so, the fun wore off and I was ready for a change of weather and was beginning to feel trapped by the limited mobility. New Years Eve was very low key since it still wasn’t all that safe getting around in the city. That sucked. But, when the new year broke, so did the weather. The temperature soared on January 1st and the snow began to melt rapidly. Our game against Syracuse for the next night was ON!
  15. Boston College Chronicle By Kinsey Ramsey WHAT THE _ _ _ _ ? The Eagles go on the road and rip previously undefeated Duke, winning by 19 points. So this week’s updated polls come out. Duke remains ensconced in 2nd place in both polls. BC fails to move up in the Coaches Poll, still residing at #10. And in the Media Poll, the Eagles DROP from #8 to #9. Something’s rotten in Poll-land.
  16. Dec. 28, 2027: #8 ranked Boston College Eagles (10-1, 0-0) vs #2 ranked Duke Blue Devils (12-0, 0-0) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC 3rd Assistant Coach Rob Rowland I feel like we drew the short straw on opponents for the opening conference game. But we have to play Duke on their court some time this season, so it’s probably best to get it out of the way right out of the gate. Duke is a powerhouse. As usual they have a star freshman…in fact two this season in SF Rod Allen (24.9 ppg and 6.7 rpg) and C Brian Taylor (16.0 ppg and 9.5 rpg). Allen has scored 30+ points (including 40 in one game) in 5 of the team’s 12 games. We really need to keep him from breaking loose. PF Michael Rashaw is another highly rated freshman who is averaging 5.2 ppg and 6.0 rpg. The Blue Devils have a 4th freshman (SF David Dye) who was the 9th ranked recruit nationally who is riding the bench and only averaging 6.5 mpg. Duke is a team that just keeps reloading each and every year. If I were coaching Duke I’d start Dye at SF and move Allen to start at SG. They’re both extremely strong players, and playing Dye so little is probably just going to make him consider transferring after this season. The Blue Devils have averaged 79.2 ppg and only given up 62.8 ppg in their first 12 games this season and have wins over #7 Michigan, #11 Creighton, and #25 Brigham Young. The team won the 2K Sports Classic tournament. Duke pressures most of the game with a 2-2-1 half court press so they get a lot of steals. Their star freshmen also block a lot of shots. Their big guys also get a bunch of offensive rebounds. So this is a game where Duke is stronger inside, but we’re stronger on the perimeter, particularly if Josh McFadgon regains the offensive production he exhibited the end of last season and has shown sporadically since recovering from an injury early this season. We can’t afford to rely on a single player like we did against Marquette in our last game when Leonard Meliet scored half our points and the rest of the team couldn’t find the basket. We need a total team effort if we’re going to have a chance against Duke in Durham. 1st Assistant Coach David Woodruff OK, Rob’s given you a lot of bad news, but he’s scouting another team tonight and therefore not with us. So it’s up to me to provide you with news (hopefully good) about the game. Here goes: 1st Half: All our guys are available tonight (for a change no one’s sidelined due to injury). We’re starting our regular lineup of McFadgon (PG), Lilly (SG), Meliet (SF), M. Reese (PF), and C. Reese (C ). Coach Aura focused on defense with the team prior to the game. We again got off to a slow start. It took us 4 minutes to finally hit a field goal. Turnovers were killing us. We made 6 in the first 7 minutes and Duke turned 3 of those into driving layups. Courtland Reese picked up his 2nd foul with 12:47 to play in the half. We’re hitting 3’s (4 of 8 so far) to put us ahead 16-14 with 8 minutes remaining. Our defense solidifies making it tough for Duke to put the ball in the hoop and forcing some turnovers. We go ahead 23-14 with 3-1/2 minutes remaining. We hold the Blue Devils shooting to just 20% for the half and lead at the break 30-18. If it weren’t for our 11 turnovers, the lead would be greater. We stuck like glue to Duke’s SF Rod Allen so that he went 0 for 9 from the field in the half. In the locker room Coach Aura continued to drive home to the team the importance of maintaining our lock-down defense. 2nd Half: We go on an 8-0 run to start the 2nd half to go ahead by 20. Our defense continues to successfully harass the Blue Devils, but our we go cold midway through the half and are unable to score. With 5-1/2 minutes remaining, Duke’s Rod Allen hits his first FG following his 12 earlier misses. In frustration, Coach Aura switches out all 5 players on the court. That seems to wake up the team and we score 6 points in the next 60 seconds to re-establish a 19 point lead. We then continue to squash them defensively and come away with an amazing 61-42 crushing of the Blue Devils on their home court. Our shooting percentage was high, but the final 10-12 minutes reduced it to 42% for the entire game. But…we held Duke’s shooting to 21%. We also out-rebounded the Blue Devils 40-29. SF Leonard Meliet scored 13 points plus had 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. C Courtland Reese scored 12 and SG James Lilly added 11 points plus pulled down 7 boards. We completely stuffed hot-scoring Rod Allen…he only hit 1 of 15 FG’s and scored just 5 points (20 under his average) even though he played 38 minutes.
  17. RyReys Blog, Ryan Reynolds ACC Pre-Conference team records: Duke: 12-0: Ranked 2/2; NET 5 Louisville: 11-1; Ranked 4/4; NET 12 Boston College: 10-1; Ranked 8/10; NET 1 Florida State: 10-1; Ranked 14/15; NET 18 Virginia: 9-1; Ranked 17/16; NET 30 North Carolina State: 8-2; NET 70 Miami (FL): 8-2; NET 72 Notre Dame: 8-2; NET 127 Syracuse: 7-2; NET 135 North Carolina: 7-2; Ranked 18/21; NET 37 Pittsburgh: 7-3; NET 86 Georgia Tech: 7-4; NET 17 Wake Forest: 6-3; NET 94 Virginia Tech: 6-4; NET 229 Clemson: 6-4; NET 108 Top 10 in Polls: MEDIA POLL Kansas, 12-0 Duke, 12-0 Florida, 11-2 Louisville, 11-1 Illinois, 11-0 Providence, 11-0 Michigan, 10-2 Boston College, 10-1 Purdue, 10-1 Maryland, 10-1 COACHES POLL Kansas, 12-0 Duke, 12-0 Florida, 11-2 Louisville, 11-1 Illinois, 11-0 Providence, 11-0 Michigan, 10-2 Maryland, 10-1 Purdue, 10-1 Boston College, 10-1 BOSTON COLLEGE TEAM STATS: PPG: 77.4 (59th); Opponents PPG: 66.4 (52nd) RPG: 33.2 (86th) APG: 16.4 (253rd) BPG: 5.0 (95th) SPG: 8.1 (81st) FG%: 44.8 (201st) 3P%: 37.5 (97th) FT%: 71.5 (221st) Off. Rating: 107.1 (43rd) Def Rating: 91.7 (44th) NET Rating: 15.3 (28th) BOSTON COLLEGE PLAYER STATS: PPG: Leonard Meliet, 15.7; Courtland Reese, 10.2; Marvin Reese, 9.1; Jason Caldwell, 8.0; Josh McFadgon, 7.8; James Lilly, 7.5; Michael Millford, 5.5; Jason Dunn, 4.8; Greg Kidd, 4.0; Winston Minahan, 3.2; Jon Ray, 2.7; Phil Thompson, 2.7; Keith Kolder, 1.7; Andy Dawson, 1.0 RPG: Jason Caldwell, 5.8; James Lilly, 5.5; Leonard Meliet, 4.7; Courtland Reese, 4.4; Marvin Reese, 3.5; Michael Millford, 2.7; Winston Minahan, 2.5; Greg Kidd, 1.8; Jason Dunn, 1.3; Josh McFadgon, 1.2; Andy Dawson, 1.0; Jon Ray, 0.7; Keith Kolder, 0.6; Phil Thompson, 0.3 APG: James Lilly, 3.7; Leonard Meliet, 3.3; Josh McFadgon, 2.3; Jason Dunn, 1.3; Courtland Reese, 1.1; Jon Ray, 1.1; Winston Minahan, 0.9; Phil Thompson, 0.9; Marvin Reese, 0.8; Michael Millford, 0.7; Jason Caldwell, 0.6; Greg Kidd, 0.2; Keith Kolder, 0.2; Andy Dawson, 0.0 SPG: James Lilly, 1.5; Courtland Reese, 1.1; Michael Millford, 0.9; Leonard Miliet, 0.9; Marvin Reese, 0.8 BPG: Courtland Reese, 1.1; Andy Dawson, 1.0 ; Leonard Miliet, 1.0; Marvin Reese, 0.8; James Lilly, 0.7
  18. Dec. 20, 2027: #8 ranked Marquette Golden Eagles (10-0) vs #7 ranked Boston College Eagles (9-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA JJ Conroy, BeanTownSports Blog Pregame issues: The Eagles closed out their pre-conference play by hosting another unbeaten team. Marquette was ranked #8 in the Media Poll and #7 in the Coaches Poll. The Golden Eagles won the Advocare Invitational championship. PF Donta Lee came into the game averaging 17.5 ppg and 10.2 rpg and Garrett Barnes was averaging 16.8 ppg. C Courtland Reese has been experiencing back spasms. He started but his playing time was limited. With reserve C Greg Kidd unable to play due to a recurring injury, BC’s interior depth was impacted, particularly since reserve Jason Caldwell tires quickly. That makes trying to hold down Donta Lee even more difficult. What’s happening at Boston College with all the injuries this season? Have the coaches changed their practice and game strategies so that the players’ physical condition is being adversely affected? Is the training staff not properly handling the players? If the injury parade continues, it will definitely result in losses during conference play. Game Results: In a surprise, Coach Aura started Jason Caldwell at C in place of injured Courtland Reese. For a second straight game, Boston College scored their initial points at the free throw line. They made 7 foul shots and were 0 for 7 from the field and were tied 13-7 after 8 minutes of play. The Eagles finally made their first field goal at the 11:59 mark. In another surprise, in a rather ballsy move Coach Aura moved Leonard Meliot from SF to C with Caldwell resting on the bench and Courtland Reese ineffective in 4 minutes on the court. Since the 6’5” Meliet came to BC as a PG, this was akin to how the Lakers used “Magic Johnson” occasionally many years ago. Meliet responded by scoring 5 points while giving up 2 points in about 4 minutes at the C position as the Eagles narrowed the gap to 18-17 with 7-1/2 minutes left in the half. After pulling ahead by a single point BC stalled offensively allowing Marquette to build a 32-27 halftime advantage. Since Boston College hit just 26% of their FG’s compared to 52% by Marquette, it was surprising the game was so close. Leonard Meliet scored 14 points plus grabbed 5 rebounds in the half. The four guards used by the Eagles were 0 for 15 from the field and Caldwell and Reese missed on all 5 of their FGA’s. Meliet and Lilly each picked up their 3rd foul early in the 2nd half, a bad omen for the Eagles, particularly since Caldwell and Reese were so ineffective at the C position. BC’s horrendous shooting continued. Coach Aura was forced to bring Meliet back in as he seemed to be the only Eagle able to hit a FG. He responded by drilling two 3’s to cut the lead to 40-39 with 9 minutes to play. Then with 7 minutes to go, Meliet hit a jumper to tie the game at 41-41. He then hit two successive 3’s to put the Eagles on top 49-43 with 5:13 on the clock. BC’s defense carried them the rest of the way as they achieved a poorly played, but dogged 58-50 win. The victory fell completely on the shoulders of Leonard Meliet who scored 28 of the Eagles 58 points, hitting 10 of 16 from the field (including 5 of 8 from beyond the arc) and 3 for 3 at the charity line. Meliet also had 9 rebounds, an assist, and 3 steals. The only other Eagle who shot well was PF Marvin Reese who hit 4 of 6 FG’s and scored 10 points. The rest of the team hit just of 32 of their FG attempts (6%) and none of their nine 3-point attempts. The way the other 9 players performed on offense was quite simply atrocious. While they weren’t booed by the home crowd, there were a lot of groans as they shot miss after miss after miss. The Eagles defense in the 2nd half was solid, though, allowing the Golden Eagles to score just 18 points in the final 20 minutes. Marquette hit less that 40% of their shots in the 2nd half and got few shots due to frequent turnovers (they had 23 throughout the entire game). The Eagles held Marquette’s Donta Lee and Garrett Barnes to a combined total of just 20 points. Comments: Boston College has to improve their shooting if they want to be competitive in ACC play. Their FG percentage is the 4th worst in the ACC. Because of that 8 of the other 14 ACC teams are scoring better than the Eagles who average 77.4 ppg). 7 of the other 14 ACC teams have held their opponents to less points per game than BC’s 66.4 ppg average. Unless they improve that portends Boston College finishing in the middle of the ACC standings. BC remains 8th in the Media Poll and 10th in the Coached Poll. Although their pre-conference record is good they aren’t playing like a Top 10 ranked team. On the other hand their preconference schedule has made their NET Ranking best in the nation. My guess is that they will finish 4th in the ACC standings…behind Duke, Louisville and either Virginia, Florida State or North Carolina.
  19. Dec. 13, 2027: Cornell Big Red (5-5) vs #6 ranked Boston College Eagles (8-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Athletic Director Jason Braxton We’ve been working on changing our non-conference rival game from Cornell to another program that is more competitive with our program. Tonight’s game will be the final one covered by our agreement with Cornell, thus freeing us up to making a commitment with a different school. We’ve been talking to several other schools and have identified the one we wish to set up as our rival. Working out a rival game isn’t all that simple. Of course, if another school already has a rival, then they typically can not make a change. Those that are not up to the talent level that we’ve achieved under Coach Aura, may want to be our rival, but we prefer to have one more that is more our equal. Some that have about the same capabilities or slightly better, may not want to set a rival that may be likely to pin a loss on them. We prefer someone relatively near us geographically and another Catholic college would be ideal. Since the negotiations have not yet been completed, I can’t reveal the college that is likely to be our new non-conference rival. I believe that the final agreement will not be signed until next summer as we’re finalizing next season’s schedule. Cornell has some good players although not the depth we have. C Phillipp Ray is averaging 13.3 ppg, SF Julian Brookhart is scoring 13.4 ppg, and SG Torian Duany is averaging 10.1 ppg. We can’t take the Big Red too lightly. Initially in the game, the Eagles pounded the ball inside to C Courtland Reese and he was repeatedly fouled, sending the Big Red’s C Phillipp Ray to the bench quickly. BC was up 5-2 with all their points scored by Reese on free throws. We gradually took charge and with 8 minutes to go in the half we led 28-12. By the end of the half we were ahead 40-26. C Courtland Reese already had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Eagles played lackadaisically in the 2nd half. With Cornell hitting some big 3’s, the lead shrunk to 7 midway through the half and with 2 minutes left, BC was still up by just 7. Then with 1:20 to go, Cornell’s SF DeShaun Angner made a slick move to the hoop and slammed home a shot to cut the lead to 5. Courtland Reese returned the favor with a move to the basket himself to make it 73-66 with a minute left. We ended up scoring a rather unimpressive 78-66 win. C Courtland Reese (15 points, 11 boards), PG Josh McFadgon (12 points), and SF Leonard Meliet (10 points) led the Eagles to victory. Cornell’s PG Jason Paige scored 20 points while C Phillipp Ray scored 11 and pulled down 10 rebounds. The pollsters obviously weren’t impressed by our win either. We dropped to #7 in the Media Poll and #10 in the Coaches Poll.
  20. ACC Teams in Polls as of December 11, 2027: Duke (9-0), 1st in both polls (NET ranking: 9th) Louisville (9-1), 5th in both polls (NET ranking: 14th) Boston College (8-1), 6th in Media Poll and 8th in Coaches Poll (NET ranking: 2nd) Florida State (8-1), 11th in Media Poll and 12th in Coaches Poll (NET ranking: 56th) North Carolina (5-1), 16th in Media Poll and 20th in Coaches Poll (Net ranking: 72nd) Virginia (6-0), 17th in Media Poll and 16th in Coaches Poll (NET ranking: 17th) Syracuse (6-0), 21st in Media Poll and 22nd in Coaches Poll (NET ranking: 50th) Thus far all 15 ACC teams have won more games than they’ve lost and the ACC’s overall record is 104-28.
  21. Dec. 6, 2027: Seton Hall Pirates (5-0) vs #6 ranked Boston College Eagles (7-1) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA James Lilly, SG The Eagles are going up against our 2nd straight undefeated team. Seton Hall has beaten two ranked teams, #12 ranked Oregon and #15 ranked Texas and played Texas on the road. SF Quincy Abrams is averaging 15.8 ppg and SG Heath Gresham has scored 12.4 ppg with both hitting a high percentage of their shots. We’re going to initially focus on Abrams to try to keep him from getting easy shots. We’ll spot up Leonard Meliet against him…both are freshman stars. I’ll be guarding Gresham, but will likely be doubling up on Abrams at times. PF Marvin Reese intercepted a pass and pushed the ball up to SF Leonard Meliet who threw down a jam to put the first points on the board 32 seconds into the game. PG Josh McFadgon drilled a pass over to me on the left side of the key and my jumper 35 seconds later made it 4-0. We forced the Pirates into their 3rd straight turnover on their next possession. I found C Jason Caldwell down low and he drove to the hoop for another dunk making it 6-0.about 30 seconds later. Our fans were rocking the house. The refs tagged me with a reaching in foul then so the Pirates finally drew blood. We were up 16-4 before Seton Hall made their first field goal with 11:37 on the clock. By then they’d made 6 turnovers. Our only problem was that we missed our first six 3-point shots but SF Michael Millford finally chipped one in to make it 25-11 with 6:53 remaining in the half. With 3:07 to go I got called for my 2nd foul, but Coach Fed left me in the game. Meliet and Abrams were putting on quite an offensive show. First one would score then the other. Coach Fed pulled me outta the game with a minute and a half to play telling me he wanted to give Jon Ray some time on the court and prevent me from picking up my 3rd foul. We left the court up by a score of 43-29. We’d outscored the Pirates in the paint 20-2 and held an 11-3 turnover advantage. Leonard Meliet outscored Quincy Abrams 15-10 in the half. I had 6 points. Coach Fed gave us all a pat on the back but since we’d let Seton Hall improve their shooting to 48%, stressed the need for better defense to keep the Pirates from rallying in the 2nd half. Seton Hall came out on fire, hitting their first 5 FG’s plus a bunch of FT’s as the refs crucified us, including the 3rd on me and Leonard Meliet sending us both to the bench. The Pirates closed the gap to 52-46. Coach Fed got all over us in the first media time out of the half. SF Michael Millford scored 2 quick buckets when he entered the game to put us back on top by 10. C Greg Kidd went down with an injury with about 7 minutes left to play. The refs finally began calling fouls against the Pirates. It was about time since we all felt they were getting away with murder. That helped us counter Seton Hall’s hot shooting. When the final media timeout came with 2:59 to play we were barely ahead, 77-71. Abrams fouled me on the next possession and I sank both free throws to put us up by 8 with 2:50 to go, but I fouled out on the Pirates next possession. It became a game of free throws for us and 3’s for them at that point. We held on to escape with an 85-79 victory. Seton Hall hit 63% of their shots in the 2nd half. In the game they knocked down 14 of 23 from beyond the arc. That nearly sunk us. Fortunately we held a 30-24 rebounding advantage and a 21-9 turnover advantage. Leading us was SF Leonard Meliet with 22 points and 8 boards. PG Josh McFadgon scored 14, C Jason Caldwell had 13, and I finished with 12 points (to go along with 3 rebounds, 4 assists and a block). Seton Hall’s leading scorer was SF Quincy Abrams with 21 points…he also had 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. C Greg Kidd aggravated his earlier toe injury and while he may be able to play, the word is that he’ll be out of action until completely healed this time. C Courtland Reese has recovered, though, and will therefore be back in the lineup after missing 2 games plus part of the game in which he was injured. We’re incurring more injuries this season than we did last year. I guess it’s just the breaks (ha, ha) of the game. We remained ranked #6 in the Media Poll, but we have the 2nd best NET ranking which I think is a good indication of how competitive our pre-conference schedule has been. When I look at the pre-conference schedules of the other ACC teams, I see a few tough games but mostly a lot of creampuffs on their schedules. All of our games thus far have been against tough teams. Our upcoming game is against a weaker opponent, but then our final game will be against another ranked opponent. We then go into ACC play…and presently there are 6 ACC teams, other than us, ranked in the top 25 in the polls.
  22. Dec. 2, 2027: #3 seed Boston College Eagles (7-0) vs #4 seed Illinois Fighting Illini (7-0) at State Farm Center in Champaign, IL 1st Assistant Coach David Woodruff (practice) We’ve played some very good teams thus far, but we’re really moving up a step by taking on Illinois, particularly when the game is on their home court. Illinois has won 27 and 28 games the past two seasons and been ranked in the Top 25 in the polls each season. SG Randy Sims is averaging 19.4 ppg, 5.9 apg, and 5.4 rpg. SF Abdul Craig has scored 18.7 ppg and pulled down 5.6 rpg. PG Kevin Payne is averaging 12.3 ppg and 4.0 apg. C Michael Howell has averaged 11.9 ppg and 7.1 rpg. The Fighting Illini are a veritable scoring machine, averaging 95.4 ppg and holding opponents to 76.0 ppg. Unfortunately we’re meeting them with C Courtland Reese sidelined with an injury. Obviously we need to play some good defense and clamp down on their high-scoring offense to keep them well under their typical scoring in order to have a change against them. We have a good start, opening a 9-2 lead in the first 2 minutes. But Illinois struck back and struck hard by scoring 17 of the next 19 points. Although that left us reeling, we were able to shake it off and scored the next 6 points to show we weren’t going to fold. But even though we were shooting well, the Fighting Illini were decimating us with their sharp shooting. With 8 minutes left in the half we trailed 33-21 with Illinois hitting nearly 70% of their shots, including 7 of 8 from beyond the arc. When the half ended we were on the short end of a 53-35 score. PF Marvin Reese led us with 12 points, but Illinois’ SF Abdul Craig had poured in 18 points with SG Randy Sims adding 10. I had the feeling our guys were a little shell-shocked when they got into the locker room. They’d just had an opponent hit 69% of their FG’s, 60% of their 3’s, 92% of their FT’s, and make just 4 turnovers. Coach Aura did all he could to get them into a positive frame of mind and get across the idea that we couldn’t make up the deficit quickly, but that it was important to just keep whittling away at it throughout the 2nd half. We made a few dents in the difference, but Illinois had a comeback every time to keep us from ever mounting a serious charge. We dropped this game 89-71. Illinois showed they’re an elite team. PF Marvin Reese had 17 points and 7 rebounds, C Jason Caldwell scored 15 points, and SF Leonard Meliet added 10 points. SF Abdul Craig finished with 20 points for Illinois. When the polls were updated we dropped to #6 in the Media Poll and #7 in the Coaches Poll.
  23. Nov. 29, 2027: Missouri Tigers (3-2) vs #3 ranked Boston College Eagles (6-0) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Boston Herald Boston College continued to try to maintain a spotless basketball record last night at Conte Forum. Trying to pin a first loss on the 6-0 Eagles were the Missouri Tigers coming into the game with a 3-2 record. Because of turnovers, missed shots, and fouls, it took the Eagles nearly 4 minutes to get on the board and put them in a 6-0 hole. A minute later C Courtland Reese went down with an injury and was taken out of the game, not to return. Missouri went ahead 31-13 with 7:46 remaining in the half. During the media time out, Coach Aura could be seen animatedly reprimanding his team. BC responded by going on a 27-6 run over the final 12 minutes of the half that got the crowd back in the game and put the Eagles on top 40-37 when the halftime claxon sounded. SG James Lilly led the comeback, scoring 11 points in the half. BC’s 10 turnovers in the half gave Coach Aura something to talk to the team about during the halftime intermission, though. Boston College’s onslaught continued as they scored the first 12 of 14 points in the 2nd half. The Tigers then cut the lead to 8 but BC came right back to extend their lead back to 15 with 11-1/2 minutes left in the game. The Eagles then not only stubbornly held onto their large lead but increased it to finish the game with a dominant 82-61 victory. Scoring in double figures for Boston College were SF Marvin Reese with 14 points, C Jason Caldwell with 12 (he also had 9 rebounds), and SG James Lilly who scored 11 points in 17 minutes of play. SF Leonard Meliet pulled down 13 rebounds and had 7 assists, 2 steals and 3 blockds while scoring 8 points. “We stumbled after Courtland (Reese) went down,” said Coach Fred Aura. “But we got back up and pulled together as a team to play what may have been our strongest straight 30 minutes. We got great performances throughout the lineup with all 13 of our players scoring. I was really happy to see Winston Minahan and Keith Kolder come off the bench and both score points. I also was impressed by Leonard (Meliet) mixing it upside and grabbing 13 boards.” When asked about Courtland Reese’s injury, Aura replied, “Courtland sustained a major contusion to his thigh. My staff indicates he is likely to be out of commission for 7-10 days. Together with the prior injury to Greg Kidd, that leaves us a little short-handed inside. So that’s why Minahan’s and Kolder’s performances today were so important. Injuries make having a deep bench a real necessity.”
  24. Boston College Chronicle By Kinsey Ramsey EAGLES SOAR IN POLLS Following two impressive wins this past week which raised the Boston College basketball team’s record to 6-0, the Eagles ranking in the Media Poll is now #3. In the Coaches Poll they are #4. Their NET Ranking is 6th best. Duke (6-0) and Florida (6-0) have nailed down the top 2 spots in both polls. The Eagles are averaging 79.3 ppg while giving up just 64.0 ppg. Leading the team in scoring is freshman Leonard Meliet who has averaged 15.8 ppg and junior Courtland Reese who has scored 12.7 ppg. Top rebounders are senior James Lilly (7.3 rpg) and junior Jason Caldwell (6.7 rpg). “Although polls this early in the season are highly inaccurate, it’s an honor to be ranked so high,” said Coach Fred Aura. He added, “But rankings don’t win games. In fact they paint a bullseye on your back. So we’ll have to continue to work hard in practice and execute in games.”