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  1. Boston College Chronicle LILLY IS NORTON AWARD CANDIDATE By Kinsey Ramsey Boston College’s James Lilly has been nominated for the 2nd straight year as a candidate for the prestigious Norton Award. As a sophomore last season, Lilly led the Eagles to 21 victories, averaging 14.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, and 2.4 apg. Coach Fred Aura said, “It’s an honor to be nominated, but James certainly has shown he’s one of the best collegiate players so the nomination is well-earned. Not only is he a very good scorer, he’s an excellent defender who is able to go up against and limit the best opponents, and he gets more than his share of blocks and steals. I’ve never seen a guard who is a better rebounder than James. He has the ability to get great positioning. Even at just 6’0”, James isn’t afraid to mix it up and often takes rebounds away from much taller opponents. He plays like he’s 6 or 8 inches taller than he is. He’s unselfish on the court and often finds teammates with more open shots rather than taking the shot himself. He’s a hard worker who gets along well with his teammates. To top all this off, James has a 4.0 GPA.”
  2. Coach Fred Aura It was a real confidence-builder when a couple excellent programs showed interest in my possibly becoming their head coach. I was flattered, but felt I’d made a commitment to Boston College to get their program back on track and challenging within the ACC. We’ve begun but we’re far from achieving that yet, so I just had to thank the colleges that showed interest but let them quickly know that I wasn’t ready for a change at this point. Additionally, I know that Janeka wants to remain close to her mother to help during her cancer treatment…and Boston is where we need to be for that. I’m excited by the 3 recruits we signed last season. I expect all three to strongly compete for starting roles and make us a much stronger team. But it’s become obvious that C Damon Smith still hasn’t developed to a point where he will play for us this coming season. He was used by us last season only in a few mop up roles. I finally made a decision to cut him and look for a transfer player. Our team prestige will take a small hit due to our cutting a scholarship player, but so be it. We missed out on the primary transfer player we were pursuing, but landed Winston Minahan, a 6-6 PF from Sonora, TX who played a limited role as a freshman for Texas Tech last season but with further development has good potential. Working out with our team for this season while he’s ineligible to play in games should help him prepare to compete for a starting job the following season when he’ll be a sophomore eligibility-wise. Our next challenge is to identify and sign three excellent recruits. Our recruit class from last season was rated as the 45th best in the nation, but that applied to just the two high schoolers we signed. The JC player we signed wasn’t factored into this. If he had been, I think the combination of our 3 recruits would have improved our rating by 15-20 places. It’s a big challenge, but my goal is for us to be in the Top 25 in Recruit Class Rankings next year. We’re going up against a lot of programs with a heckuva lot bigger recruiting budget than we have and who can purchase the best reports, attend any and all camps, and spend, spend, spend on activities throughout the recruiting season. Chris, my recruiting coach, accepted my challenge but not before also pointing out that there were a lot of other programs with much bigger names and higher prestige and reminding me that our high academic standards also make things more difficult. But I know Chris’ confidence was buoyed by last season’s recruiting success so he’ll kick butt to go after great recruits. Of course, Chris also has a top-notch steak dinner coming if he inks a top-25 ranked recruit.
  3. Chris Evans, 2nd Assistant (Recruiting) Coach We have 3 seniors graduating after this coming season. We don’t have enough money to buy the Premier (Gold) scouting reports, so opt to purchase the basic National and Atlantic East reports. We will attend the Indy Elite Camp and the Big Apple Showcase. We will focus on landing a PG and an interior player and with the 3rd scholarship we’ll go after the best available guard. I believe we had a good recruiting year last season. Hope I'm not being over-confident, but I think that due to my increased experience, an even closer working relationship with Coach Aura, our team's solid performance last season, and an even more lasered focus this year, we can do even better this season. When I mentioned this to Coach Aura, he laughed and said he liked my optimism but will just take it week-by-week and see how things turn out. He then said, "Land us a top-25 ranked recruit and dinner at Abe & Louie's Steakhouse is on me."
  4. 2026-2027 SEASON Janeka Aura (wife of Coach Aura) As soon as the kids got out of school, our entire family flew to Norway to go on a cruise through the Norway fjords. It was a beautiful trip and a chance for us all to decompress. Fred, in particular, was under a lot of pressure this last year as he tried to advance the program. The ACC season was extremely demanding and when the team had a rather long losing streak, Fred took it hard. The team’s performance in the CIT tournament helped put a positive spin on the season, though. Our kids have sports camps this summer. Omari (who will be a high school senior this coming year) and Malik (who will be a sophomore) both are going to great basketball camps. Devany will be a 4th grader and is going to a soccer camp. My job with BC’s School of Nursing is going great. I really enjoy it. Things slow down a bit in the summer so that’s a nice respite. That means I can spend more time with my mother who is still battling cancer.
  5. Jason Braxton, Athletic Director None of our players received awards this season. James Lilly was robbed…he should have been on the all-conference team. Coach Aura accomplished 3 of his goals (winning at least 15 games (we won 21), having no players with academic ineligibility, improving team prestige (improved by 3 up to 54). He didn’t accomplish two others (finishing in the top half in the conference standings and getting to the NCAA tournament…but we did have a very good run in the CIT tournament). In fact, we’d probably have been a one-and-done if we’d gone to the NCAA Tournament, whereas the team’s play in the CIT tourney provided a lot of excitement and enthusiasm within our school and for our fans. Overall it was a pretty successful season and a big step up on how we’d been doing in recent years. Some really good schools have shown interest in talking with Fred Aura about taking their head coaching jobs, but Fred told me he has no interest in leaving. In early April we landed our 3rd and final recruit, Josh McFadgon. He’s a 6’1” PG who played JC ball in Whiting, Indiana, so will come to us as a junior next season. He averaged 15.7 ppg, 6.3 apg, 4.8 rpg, 2.0 bpg and 2.8 spg this season. He’s got fantastic passing skills and is an excellent outside shooter. He is a good ball handler, a good scorer, and is very athletic. Most importantly he is a hard worker and hasn’t had injury problems. He’s a 4-star player who was the 93rd ranked recruit. Josh will join two other 4 star recruits for us: SF Sam Dickens who was the 59th ranked recruit who averaged 19.2 ppg, 4.4 apg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg, and 3.3 spg in his senior high school season in Noble, Maine and C Courtland Reese who was ranked 84th nationally and averaged 16.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, 8.3 rpg, 3.8 bpg, and 2.6 spg in his high school senior season in Windham, Maine. Two assistants left to try to get better jobs (1st assistant Kevin Abney wanted a head coaching job and 3rd assistant Robert Wilson was looking to move up in the assistant coaching world). Kevin didn’t get a head coaching job but moved over to Boston University where he will again be 1st assistant. Robert didn’t get picked up by another Division I team, so he took a first assistant coaching job with a Division II team. We hired two excellent new assistant coaches. David Woodruff will be our 1st Assistant Coach and handle player development/practices. He was previously the head coach at Youngstown State. Rob Rowland will be our 3rd Assistant Coach responsible for scouting. He comes to us from UC Irvine where he was also 3rd assistant. Fred requested a budget increase. The board authorized a $2,250 increase. I don’t think it was as much as Fred had hoped for, but our board hasn’t been in the habit of increasing budgets. So its that much more he can spend on recruiting this coming season. That takes care of the 2025-2026 season. I’m already looking forward to next season.
  6. Results for ACC Teams in Other Post-Season Tournaments as well as Championship Games: CBI Results: Round 1: #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish-78, #6 seed Albany Great Danes-59 Round 2: #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish-63, #2 seed Gardner Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs-52 Round 3: #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish-80, #8 seed Bellarmine Knights-57 Round 4 (championship): #3 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish-78, #2 seed Saint Louis Billikins-54 NIT Results: Championship: UCONN-82, Marist-73 NCAA Results: Round 1: #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers-96, #15 seed Furman Paladins-80 #4 seed Louisville Cardinals-69, #13 seed Dayton Flyers-60 #12 seed UC Santa Barbara Gauchos-76, #5 seed Clemson Tigers-72 #6 seed Villanova Wildcats-77, #11 seed Virginia Tech Hokies-70 #1 seed Duke Blue Devils-73, #16 South Carolina Upstate Spartans-50 #2 seed Florida State Seminoles-86, #15 seed MD-Eastern Shore Hawks-62 #6 seed Syracuse Orange-87, #11 seed St. Mary’s Gaels-68 #7 seed Pittsburgh Panthers-69, #10 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets-51 Round 2: #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers-90, #10 seed Seton Hall Pirates-67 #4 seed Louisville Cardinals-83, #12 seed UC Santa Barbara Gauchos-66 #1 seed Duke Blue Devils-86, #8 seed Boise State Broncos-81 #2 seed Florida State Seminoles-81, #7 seed Pittsburgh Panthers-75 #3 seed Oregon Ducks-84, #6 seed Syracuse Orange-65 Round 3 (Sweet 16): #1 seed Michigan Wolverines-92, #4 seed Louisville Cardinals-64 #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers-90, #6 seed Villanova Wildcats-81 #1 seed Duke Blue Devils-81, #4 seed Tennessee Volunteers-69 #3 seed Oregon Ducks-82, #2 seed Florida State Seminoles-64 Round 4 (Elite 8): #1 Michigan Wolverines-94, #2 Virginia Cavaliers-89 #3 seed Oregon Ducks-74, #1 seed Duke Blue Devils-71 Championship: Oregon-82, Michigan-80
  7. CIT Tournament Results: Coach Fred Aura: Round 5 (championship): #5 seed Boston College Eagles (21-16) vs #2 seed Florida Gators (22-14)—As usual we entered this game as big underdogs. We hung with Florida and trailed just 13-12 before they went on a 19-0 run. The Gators quickness made things tough and caused us to turn the ball over far too much, but our guys fought hard. We closed the gap a little and at the half trailed 51-37. We chipped away at their lead throughout the 2nd half. With 2 minutes to go we trailed by 9 but had to foul at that point and they beat us 88-72. So we gave it a try but they were the better team and won the championship. Florida’s first half run was like being run over by a bus…too much so to recover. SG James Lilly was our top scorer with 19 points with SF Michael Millford scoring 15 and PG/SG Jon Ray adding 11. I’m really pleased about how my team did in this tournament. We played higher seeds the entire way including two #1’s and two #2’s. It gives me hope for next season, particularly with the 2 recruits that will be joining us…and if we can land the 3rd one we have been courting, we could surprise some people.
  8. CIT Tournament Results: Coach Fred Aura: Round 4 (semi-finals): #1 seed Loyola (MD) Greyhounds (22-13) vs #5 seed Boston College Eagles (20-16)—We worked the ball around well early to get some good shots and take a nice early lead. But the refs saddled us with fouls. Hot shooting and great defense that kept the Greyhounds’ shooting percentage low and their turnovers high put us up 31-13 with 9 minutes to go. Our lead grew to 21 points but Loyola (MD) shaved our halftime lead to 46-30. We outshot the Greyhounds 55% to 36% and they’d made 6 more turnovers than us in the half. C Jason Caldwell poured in 16 points in the half for us. The refs continued whistling us in the 2nd half. With 14-1/2 minutes to go we had four players with 3 fouls apiece. Fortunately we continued to drill the basket so we were able to maintain a big lead and we drubbed the Greyhounds 93-70. We hit 56% of our FG’s compared to 42% by Loyola (MD), controlled the boards 34-26 and held a 15-9 turnover advantage. C Jason Caldwell scored 18 points and PF Marius Witt tossed in 14 points plus had 9 rebounds. But with our starters minutes limited by foul problems, our bench scored 59 points including 16 by SF Michael Millford, 13 by Steve Ross, 10 by Samuel King, and 8 by Jon Ray.
  9. CIT Tournament Results: Coach Fred Aura: Round 3: #5 seed Boston College Eagles (19-16) vs #2 seed Western Michigan Broncos (19-13)—The first half began as a shootout. While we were able to take a small lead, I had to get on the team to play defense. When we finally began challenging them, we start pulling away and took a 45-38 halftime lead. Our offense really cooked in the 2nd half which kept the Broncos from getting too close. We went on a run late in the half and beat Western Michigan 94-79 as we dropped in 54% of our shots and held a 35-27 rebounding advantage. Our interior game again led the way as we held a 32-14 advantage on points in the paint and a 17-9 advantage on 2nd chance points. Leading our scoring was C Jason Caldwell with 22 points. SG James Lilly had 18 points and 12 rebounds. PF Marius Witt added 13 points.
  10. Phone conversation between Terry Morillo and Mike McMillan: Mike: How’s things going with your new job? Terry: I like it here at Western Illinois. Even though it’s not a basketball powerhouse, it really feels like a step up from Dixie State. Mike: I’m glad to hear that. I felt like Dixie State was sort of a dead end street for you. for Western Illinois should give you a lot more opportunity. Terry: Well, at least there’s a little more money for recruiting. Mike: Hey, don’t talk to me about a lack of a decent recruiting budget. The administration at Maryland-Eastern Shore seems to feel that all it takes is a few phone calls to get any recruit. I’m having to limit almost all my efforts to in-state to keep my costs down. Terry: Yeah, recruiting is a huge investment in both money and time. I’d really like to be doing more coaching and less recruiting. When we were coaching high school ball, the guys just automatically came to us from the junior high schools and it was just Mike: I agree that it’s laborious. I thought I’d be better at it than I have been. I’m hoping that the more bumps and bruises we get from it the better we will eventually get at doing it. I’m tired of getting so many “no’s”. Terry: I hear ya, man. Even with more money to spend, I’ve not been doing well so far this summer. Maybe some of these guys we’ve been trying to entice will eventually just have pity on me and decide to become Leathernecks. Mike: If some of the guys you’re going after decide that they want to come further east, let me know and I’ll go after them. I need all the help I can get.
  11. CIT Tournament Results: Coach Fred Aura: Round 2: #5 seed Boston College Eagles (18-16) vs #1 seed West Virginia Mountaineers (18-15)—We got whipped by the Mountaineers in the Emerald Coast Classic during pre-conference play. In tonight’s game we scored the first 7 points. West Virginia came back to go ahead 15-13 with 11 minutes to go in the half. We fell behind by 7 but our guys fought back late in the half to recapture the lead and take a 36-31 advantage into the 2nd half. The fouls seemed to all go against us in the 2nd half but we doggedly held onto a small lead. SG James Lilly fouled out and C Jason Caldwell had 4 fouls with 2:42 remaining and us ahead 59-53. We refused to cave in and the Mountaineers had to foul. When the buzzer sounded we had a 68-59 upset win. Our only player to score in double figures was PF Marius Witt with 15 points, but we held very small advantages in most team stats, and we had a 32-18 advantage in points in the paint and an 8-0 advantage in second-chance points. We also kept West Virginia’s top scorer, SG John Redden who had been averaging 15.6 ppg to just 7 points.
  12. CIT Tournament Results: Coach Fred Aura: Round 1: #5 seed Boston College Eagles (17-16) vs #4 seed Nicholls State Colonels (19-12)—We came out hot, getting good shots and making them. Our defense was solid as well. By the end of the half, we led 49-31. Things turned around in the 2nd half. We just couldn’t get untracked and Nicholls State ate into our lead. With 2-1/2 minutes remaining they had gotten within 2 points of us. I called a time out to steady the team and set up a play. We worked the ball back and forth around the perimeter and then PG Willis Lofton executed a pass inside to Jason Caldwell who fired it immediately back to Lofton for a 14 foot jumper that he sunk off the backboard. We forced a turnover on the Colonels’ next possession and worked the clock down before scoring to give us a 6 point cushion. Nicholls State was forced to foul on each of our possessions after that. We came away with an 83-76 victory. All 5 of our starters scored in double figures: Reese-18, Lilly-15 (plus he had 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks), Witt-15, Caldwell-11, and Lofton-10. We hit 54% of our shots and held a 34-23 rebounding advantage. The one thing I was unhappy about is that we made 17 turnovers.
  13. NCAA Tournament: #1 seeds: Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky, Duke ACC Teams: Virginia, #2 in South Louisville, #4 in South Clemson, #5 in South Virginia Tech, #11 in South Duke, #1 in West Florida State, #2 in West Syracuse, #6 in West Pittsburgh, #7 in West Georgia Tech, #10 in West CBI: Notre Dame, #3 in West CIT: Boston College, #5 in West
  14. Robert Wilson, 3rd Assistant Coach: We finished with a 17-16 record. We scored 73.0 ppg but gave up 74.0 ppg to our opponents. We pulled down 32.8 rpg which was 79th best in Division I and hit 78.8% of our FT’s which was 24th best throughout Division I. Our NET ranking was 74th best. Individual Stats: Scoring (ppg): SG James Lilly-14.6 SF/PF Marvin Reese-9.7; C Jason Caldwell-9.3; PF Marius Witt-7.2; C Steve Ross-6.3; PG/SG Jon Ray-6.0; SG/PG Samuel King-5.8; PG Willis Lofton-5.7; SF Michael Millford-5.1; SF Earl Betts-2.3; SG Jason Dunn-1.7; C Damon Smith-0.4 Rebounding (rpg): PF Marius Witt-6.8; SG James Lilly-6.0; C Jason Caldwell-5.4; SF/PF Marvin Reese-3.6; C Steve Ross-3.5; SF Michael Millford-1.8; SF Earl Betts-1.7; SG Jon Ray-1.3; PG Willis Lofton-1.0; SG Jason Dunn-0.5; PG Chris Nelson-0.2 Assists (apg): PG Willis Lofton-4.7; SG James Lilly-2.4; PG/SG Jon Ray-1.7; SF/PF Marvin Reese-1.3; SF Michael Millford-1.1; SG/PF Jon Ray-1.0; PF Marius Witt-1.0; C Jason Caldwell-0.9; C Steve Ross-0.8; SF Earl Betts-0.7; SG Jason Dunn-0.5; PG Christ Nelson-0.2; C Damon Smith-0.1
  15. www.collegebasketballreports website ACC Tournament—Round 4: #9 ranked, #4 seed Florida State Seminoles (26-6, 14-6) vs #4 ranked, #1 seed Duke Blue Devils (26-6, 16-4): Duke gradually pulled away from Florida State in the first half and went to the locker room on top 40-28. The Blue Demons tightened their defense in the 2nd half and drew away for a solid 73-52 beating of the Seminoles. SG Stephan McIntosh pumped in 30 points for Duke while PF Jermaine Slider scored 13 and pulled down 11 boards for Florida State. #3 seed Clemson Tigers (24-9, 14-6) vs #7 ranked, #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers (26-5, 16-4): Virginia’s offense romped in the first half to bury Clemson 57-35 in the first half. The Cavaliers backed on in the 2nd half and Clemson narrowed the gap but still lost 96-83. SG David Young lit up the board with 35 points for Virginia. C Tyrus Johnston tossed in 19 points for the Tigers. ACC Tournament—Round 5: #6 ranked, #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers (27-5, 16-4) vs #4 ranked, #1 seed Duke Blue Devils (27-6, 16-4): This was a matchup of the two teams that tied for 1st place in the ACC during the regular season. The game lived up to the hype. While there were small runs but both teams, neither could gain a secure advantage. At the half Duke led 41-39. Defense by both teams predominated in the 2nd half and at the end of 40 minutes of play, the teams were tied 72-72 sending the game into overtime. Duke’s defense was rock solid in OT which allowed the Blue Devils to move out to an 85-78 victory. For Duke C Maurice McCoy had 22 points and 14 rebounds and PF Greg McDyess finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds. That interior duo resulted in a 40-28 Duke advantage in points in the paint. PG Damion Clagget scored 19 points for Virginia.
  16. www.collegebasketballreports website ACC Tournament—Round 3: #20 ranked, #8 seed Syracuse Orange (22-10, 11-9) vs #4 ranked, #1 seed Duke Blue Devils (25-6, 16-4): The Blue Devils jumped out on top and never gave up the lead. By halftime they were ahead 53-36. Their lead ballooned to 24 points in the 2nd half and they ripped Syracuse 88-68. C Maurice McCoy and SG Stephan McIntosh shared scoring honors for Duke with 18 points apiece. Syracuse’s top scorer was SF Wes Brown with 14 points. #10 seed Boston College Eagles (17-15, 8-12) vs #7 ranked, #2 seed Virginia Cavaliers (25-5, 16-4): Even though he was double-teamed C Dustin Bryant scored the first 14 points for Virginia, hitting shots without a miss and giving the Cavaliers a 14-8 lead. Although Virginia led, Boston College kept within striking range until the final 5 minutes of the first half when the Cavaliers showed why they are ranked 7th in the polls and moved out to a 44-32 halftime lead. Bryant finished the half with 18 points. Reserve SG Samuel King scored 11 points in 7 minutes of play for the Eagles. BC fought hard in the 2nd half, but the difference in talent level allowed Virginia to cruise to a 79-58 victory. C Dustin Bryant scored 19 for Virginia with SG David Young scoring 9 and grabbing 16 rebounds. SG Samuel King was the top scorer for Boston College with 16 points. BC’s coach Fred Aura said, “That was our 3rd loss to Virginia this season. Quite obviously they’re an extremely strong team. But I’m proud of how our guys battled the entire way. We just have a long ways to go to get to the caliber of a team like the Cavaliers.” #11 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (19-14, 7-13) vs #3 seed Clemson Tigers (23-9, 14-6): The defenses of both teams predominated in this game. Notre Dame led at the half 31-26. Clemson’s defense sizzled in the 2nd half and they crept ahead and then went on a run that put them up by 14 points. The Tigers held on for a strong 64-54 victory. C Tyrus Johnston scored 13 for Clemson. Notre Dame’s SG Kenny Jennings led all scorers with 19 points. #17 ranked, #5 seed Louisville Cardinals (24-8, 12-8) vs #9 ranked, #4 seed Florida State Seminoles (25-6, 14-6): Louisville led early by as much as 7 points, but the Seminoles caught up and moved out to a 34-28 halftime lead. The two teams then went on a scoring spree in the 2nd half with Florida State taking a 19 point lead before finishing with an 80-69 win. Florida State’s SG Andy Blizzard scored 19 points and PF Jermaine Slider scored 16 while pulling down 16 boards. SF Josh Miller scored 22 for Louisville. No upsets. The top 4 seeds advance.
  17. www.collegebasketballreports website ACC Tournament—Round 2: #12 seed Miami Hurricanes (14-17, 6-14) vs #17 ranked, #5 seed Louisville Cardinals (23-8, 12-8): Louisville totally dominated the Hurricanes, leading from start to finish. By the half, the Cardinals were on top 57-28. The lead expanded to as much as 43 points in the 2nd half. Louisville cruised to a lopsided 94-69 beatdown of Miami. PG Neil Field scored 25 points and passed out 9 assists for Louisville. SF Dewayne Jennings and SG Marcell Allaway both had 11 points for Miami. #11 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (18-14, 7-13) vs # 6 seed Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19-12, 11-9): The first half was a defensive battle with Georgia Tech coming out of it with a slim 29-27 lead. The Fighting Irish used frequent trips to the foul line in the 2nd half to score 49 points in the final 20 minutes and upset Georgia Tech 76-66. The Fighting Irish Notre Dame’s top scorer was PG Tom Tatum with 16 points. Reserve C Ryan Gooden tallied 14 points for Georgia Tech. #10 seed Boston College Eagles (16-15, 8-12) vs #7 seed Pittsburgh Panthers (21-10, 11-9): It took 4 minutes before the first field goal was sunk by either team in this game. The vastly underdog Eagles gamely clawed the Panthers in the first half. The first portion of the half was close, but BC then steadily pulled away to open a 14 point lead before settling for a 43-32 halftime advantage. Most in attendance expected BC to fold in the 2nd half, but they surprised all by increasing their lead to as much as 20 points. Pittsburgh made a run with about 5 minutes to go to cut the lead to 9, but the Eagles rallied to pull away again and record a 72-57 thrashing of Pittsburgh in what was the biggest upset of the tournament thus far. SG James Lilly had his 2nd straight double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. For Pittsburgh, SG Rudy Kerlin scored 19 points and SF Kevin Woni had 16 points and 13 rebounds. “This was our biggest win of the season,” said BC’s coach Fred Aura. “Before the game our guys said they were tired of being underdogs and decided it was time to turn the tables. Our defense was dogged all night. Pittsburgh got off a lot of shots trying to catch up, but we made sure those shots were forced and difficult. There were very few easy shots for the Panthers tonight. That’s why they only hit 32% of their FG’s and 22% of their 3’s.” #9 seed Virginia Tech Hokies (17-12, 11-9) vs #20 ranked, #8 seed Syracuse Orange (21-10, 11-9): Syracuse unleashed a potent offense, hitting 56% of their FGA’s and 48% of their 3PA’s. They led 54-40 at the half and won by the final score of 102-72. SG Adrian Hooks scored 43 points for the Orange. Virginia Tech’s had no weapons to compete with that as C Shawn Deane’s 14 points topped the Hokies’ scoring.
  18. www.collegebasketballreports website ACC Tournament—Round 1: #13 seed North Carolina Tar Heels (13-17, 5-15) vs #12 seed Miami Hurricanes (13-17, 6-14): Miami asserted their dominance in the first half by going ahead by 13 and then leading at the break 45-37. But the Hurricanes struggled in the 2nd half with the Tar Heels knocking down 3’s to make a ball game of it. Miami had to go on a late run to pull off an 87-81 victory. SF Dewayne Jennings hit 15 of 21 FG’s and 8 of 10 threes as well as 10 of 17 FT’s to score 48 points for Miami. PG Duke Stokes stroked in 30 points for the Tar Heels. #14 seed Wake Forest Deacon Demons (11-18, 5-15) vs #11 seed Notre Dame Fighting Irish (17-14, 7-13): Notre Dame had no problem handling Wake Forest, taking over early and by the end of the first half leading 40-22. They went on to lead by as much as 25 before settling for a 71-52 whipping of the Deacon Demons. SF Rich Thompson was Notre Dame’s high scorer with 13 points but C Mike Benton had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Wake Forest’s PG Brian Worrell led all scorers with 16 points. #15 seed North Carolina State Wolfpack (11-18, 3-17) vs #10 seed Boston College Eagles (15-15, 8-12): NC State came out and opened a 6 point lead, but the game went back and forth in the middle part of the 1st half. The Eagles clamped down defensively in the last 8 minutes of the half to sport a 39-29 halftime advantage. Boston College gradually drew away in the 2nd half as they pounded the boards and came away with an easy 82-64 win. BC was led by SG James Lilly’s 22 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. SG Patrick Dabbert was the Wolfpacks’ leading scorer with 20 points.
  19. Who’s UP, Who’s DOWN? As the result of last season’s results here’s which teams were promoted and relegated: Promoted from Conf B to Conf A: West Virginia, Arkansas, Seton Hall, Clemson Relegated from Conf A to Conf B: North Carolina, Duke, Gonzaga, Texas Promoted from Conf C to Conf B: Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kansas State, Michigan Relegated from Conf B to Conf C : Connecticut, Kansas, North Carolina State, Florida State Promoted from Conf D to Conf C : Temple, Iowa State, Utah, Georgetown Relegated from Conf C to Conf D : Oregon, Louisiana State, Iowa, Virginia Commonwealth Promoted from Conf E to Conf D : St. Bonaventure, Boise State, Missouri, Nebraska Relegated from Conf D to Conf E: Southern Methodist, Indiana, Belmont, Houston Promoted from Conf F to Conf E: Auburn, Vermont, Dayton, Colorado State Relegated from Conf E to Conf F: Stanford, Colorado, Saint Louis, Mississippi Promoted from Conf G to Conf F: Rutgers, George Mason, Northwestern, Yale Relegated from Conf F to Conf G: Southern California, South Carolina, DePaul, St. Johns Promoted from Conf H to Conf G: Illinois State, Wright State, Western Kentucky, Toledo Relegated from Conf G to Conf H: Akron, Fresno State, Nevada, East Tennessee State Promoted from Conf I to Conf H: Wyoming, Harvard, LaSalle, Western Michigan Relegated from Conf H to Conf I: Saint Josephs, Duquesne, George Washington, Northern Iowa Promoted from Conf J to Conf I: Milwaukee, Green Bay, Hofstra, Bowling Green Relegated from Conf I to Conf J: San Francisco, Miami (OH), Santa Clara, Texas Christian Promoted from Conf K to Conf J: Marshall, Pennsylvania, Loyola Marymount, Furman Relegated from Conf J to Conf K: Charlotte, Valparaiso, Northeastern, Montana Promoted from Conf L to Conf K: Detroit Mercy, Lehigh, Wofford, Rider Relegated from Conf K to Conf L: Bucknell, Southern Illinois, Cleveland, Iona Promoted from Conf M to Conf L: Chattanooga, Portland State, Stony Brook, Long Beach State Relegated from Conf L to Conf M: Fairfield, Mercer, Oakland, Rice Promoted from Conf N to Conf M: Towson, Morehead State, MD-Baltimore County, Colgate Relegated from Conf M to Conf N: Austin Peay, Georgia Southern, East Carolina, Siena Promoted from Conf O to Conf N: Florida Gulf Coast, Albany, Southern Utah, Cal State Fullerton Relegated from Conf N to Conf O: San Diego, NC-Wilmington, Cal State Bakersfield, Manhattan Promoted from Conf P to Conf O: Marist, Niagara, Florida International, Portland Relegated from Conf O to Conf P: Brown, Delaware, Lipscomb, Eastern Kentucky Promoted from Conf Q to Conf P: Jacksonville State, Cornell, Cal Poly, Idaho Relegated from Conf P to Conf Q: Northern Kentucky, Fordham, Texas State, Monmouth Promoted from Conf R to Conf Q: SE Louisiana, Long Island, Norfolk State, Mount Saint Marys Relegated from Conf Q to Conf R: New Orleans, Quinnipiac, Western Carolina, Purdue Fort Wayne Promoted from Conf S to Conf R: Kansas City, Stetson, Sacramento State, Navy Relegated from Conf R to Conf S: Cal St. Northridge, Lafayette, Montana State, Texas-Rio Grande Promoted from Conf T to Conf S: North Carolina A&T, Grambling, South Carolina Upstate, Campbell Relegated from Conf S to Conf T: Charleston Southern, UC Davis, North Florida, Southern Promoted from Conf U to Conf T: Massachusetts-Lowell, South Carolina State, Bethune Cookman, Incarnate Word Relegated from Conf T to Conf U: Central Connecticut, Dartmouth, Omaha, Eastern Illinois Promoted from Conf V to Conf U: Kennesaw State, Chicago State, Houston Baptist, Harvard Relegated from Conf U to Conf V: Seattle, Maine, Coppin State, NC-Central Promoted from Independent to Conf V: Arkansas-Pine Bluff Relegated from Conf V to Independent: NJIT
  20. Mar. 3, 2026: Miami (FL) Hurricanes (13-16, 6-13) vs Boston College Eagles (14-15, 7-12) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Coach Fred Aura This last half of our ACC schedule has been pure hell. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disheartened. Winning just one of ten games will do that to you. We lost badly to the Hurricanes when we played them on their court earlier this season. While this game against Miami will not affect where we finish in the ACC standings, a win will give us a .500 season record. A win would be a minor redemption and will also put a positive spin for our team on what’s been a difficult season. While not playing particularly strongly, we held onto a small lead throughout almost the entire first half. In the last few minutes we expanded our lead a little to give us a small cushion. When the buzzer sounded we were on top 35-28. Our offense had sputtered at times, but our defense had been consistently good but not great. In the early stages of the 2nd half we scored well and increased our lead to as much as 15 points. But midway through the half, we had trouble getting the ball in the hoop and Miami’s start SF Dewayne Jennings caught fire. Our lead shriveled. Our reserves who normally produced well failed in this game. Our starters returned to the floor to staunch our wound and gamely rebuilt our lead. We came away with a 70-62 victory. Our team and fans were ecstatic. I was totally exhausted. SG James Lilly finished with 17 points. PF Marius Witt and SF Marvin Reese both pulled down 7 rebounds with Witt scoring 15 points and Reese adding 11. Miami’s Jennings led all scorers with 28 points. The win gave us a 15-15 season record. Our ACC record was just 8-12 and we finished alone in 10th place with 5 teams lower in the standings. This has been a sort of roller coaster of a season with a lot of ups and downs, but it's an improvement over what had been going on here at BC in recent years. To be honest, I never really expected us to do any better than we did. Next: the tough ACC tourney.
  21. Feb. 27, 2026: #21 ranked Louisville Cardinals (21-8, 10-8) vs Boston College Eagles (14-14, 7-10) at Silvio O. Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA Kevin Abney, 1st Assistant Coach A home game but against another tough opponent. We lost by 20 when we played the Cardinals on their home court. We’ve now lost 4 straight and 8 of their last 9 games. Since running off 7 straight wins, Louisville has lost 2 of their last 3 games. Cardinals’ freshman SF Josh Miller is scoring 16.5 ppg and hitting a high percentage of his shots. We had a great start and led 13-0 after 5 minutes of play. It took nearly 7 minutes before Louisville was able to score. We held onto a decent lead until late in the half when we had a profusion of turnovers. The Cardinals took advantage of that and captured a 32-30 lead with a minute-and-a-half to play. We came back to take a slim 35-34 lead to the 2nd half. Our biggest advantage was that we out-rebounded Louisville 20-13 but that was offset by our 13 turnovers compared to 8 by the Cardinals. Louisville put on a shooting clinic in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half and opened a 16 point lead. We chipped away at that lead, trimming it but unable to get closer than 6 points. We ended up with an 84-75 loss. SF/PF Marvin Reese and reserve guard Samuel King led our scoring with 16 and 14 points, respectively. Two of our players had double-doubles: C Jason Caldwell scored 11 and had 10 rebounds and PF Marius Witt scored 10 and picked off 10 boards. SG James Lilly added 10 points. We held Louisville’s Josh Miller to 10 points, but the Cardinals’ depth did us in. Their bench scored 45 points.
  22. Unhappiness Rears Its Head 2nd Assistant Coach Chris Evans As our losses have piled up recently, frustrations have grown also. After the game against Clemson, reserve SG Jason Dunn mouthed off to teammates about his not being able to play enough. In general, Jason has attitude problems and can get pretty negative at times. Coach Aura got together with him the following day to let him know his comments were unacceptable. Surprisingly, Jason took it well and said he just hates losing and acknowledged he was wrong to have said what he said. Coach Aura told him that we coaches appreciate his hard work in practice. Since that’s resulted in improvements in his skills, Coach Aura told him he’d try to give him more minutes during our remaining games this season.
  23. Feb. 24, 2026: Boston College Eagles (14-13, 7-10) vs Clemson Tigers (20-9, 11-6) at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, SC Steve Ross, C We fell behind early in the game. But we fought our way back and took a 2 point lead with 10-1/2 minutes to go in the half. Clemson regained the lead, but late in the half we again pulled slightly ahead only to have the Tigers hit a 3 just before the buzzer sounded to give them a 42-41 halftime lead. I got to play more than usual since Jason Caldwell got into foul trouble. The refs sent Clemson to the line much more often and they scored 9 more points on free throws than we did. I hit for 7 points and pulled down 5 boards in the half with SF Michael Millford hitting for 8 to top our scoring. We quickly fell behind by double digits early in the 2nd half. We again made a move midway through the half to cut our deficit to 5 points. We struggled to get closer but just couldn’t do it. Then in the final few minutes, Clemson hit shots from all over the court to pull away for a 90-74 win. We lost because the Tigers scored 15 more points at the line that we did. SG James Lilly had 15 points and SF Michael Millford hit for 13. I scored 9 while grabbing 7 rebounds. PG Daniel Robinson scored 24 for Clemson. We’re now tied for 10th place with Notre Dame and just 4 teams are below us in the ACC.
  24. JJ Conroy BeanTownSports Blog Blog of Feb. 21, 2026: I hate to say “I told you so”…but I did. BC is going down in flames as the season winds down. Their next game is AT Duke. They may as well phone in a forfeit. They aren’t in Duke’s class. And…Duke just sustained a road loss to Georgia Tech last night that cut their play the Eagles. So, Eagles fans…this ain't gonna be pretty. Blog of Feb. 23, 2026: Feb. 23, 2026: Boston College Eagles (14-12, 7-9) vs #4 Duke Blue Devils (22-5, 13-3) at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, NC Recipe for disaster: *Duke’s Big Mac attack trio of SG Stephan McIntosh-17.1 ppg; C Maurice McCoy-15.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg; PF Greg McDyess-14.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg. *Duke’s defense allows just 59.6 ppg. 1st Half: TOTAL DOMINATION by Duke. FG% 45% to 32%, FT’s 12 for 12 vs 0-0, Rebounds 19-8, Steals 8-5, Blocks 5-0, TO’s 9 by Duke vs 14 by BC…and halftime score 39-14. 2nd Half: Duke went up by 30 just a minute into the 2nd half and coasted the rest of the way as they demolished the Eagles 76-45. Dukes defense was just too much for BC. The only BC players to score in double figures was PG/SG James Ray with just 10 points. The entire starting 5 for the Eagles totally just 21 points. And the Mac’s? They didn’t need to score much for Duke, but finished 15, 14 and 11 points with McDyess getting a double-double (11 points and 10 rebounds). I hate to tell you “I told you so”…but I did.
  25. Recruiting Goals: Ramon Montez, Alcorn State: If possible I want to sign 2 SF’s and a SG. We would then have one more scholarship to fill and it can be the best available, SG, SF or big man. Terry Morillo, Western Illinois: 3 scholarships available…prefer to get a PG, a SG, and an interior player. Ken Yamoto, UC-San Diego Tritons: Just one scholarship this year to fill. Want to go after a very strong recruit, preferably a PG or a SG who can also play PG. For the first time in my collegiate coaching career, I have the budget to do decent recruiting. Mike McMillan, MD-Eastern Shore: We have just 2 scholarships available. We need a good interior player and then either a SF or the best available recruit we can land. Dontell Spencer, Arkansas-Pine Bluff: We have 5 scholarships to fill and would like to land 3 big men, a PG and a SF. Our biggest impediment is that our budget is much too limited when we have so many recruits to land. We just have to do everything we can to limit our expenditures and identify some likely candidates as quickly as we can and really concentrate on them. In-state recruits definitely have to be in the picture for us this year.