Joe Lunardi of ESPN added Boston College Men’s Basketball to his NCAA Tournament bracket Thursday after the Eagles took down No. 1 Duke on Saturday, Dec. 9. Eleven games into their season, the Eagles are seeded 12th in the Western division.
Saturday’s upset over Duke earned BC national attention, the first time the program has been part of tournament conversation since its 2014 upset of then-No. 1 Syracuse. The Eagles have come out on top in each of their last three meetings with top-ranked teams.
Their first loss of the season knocked the Blue Devils down to No. 4 in the nation Monday, just barely allowing them to keep their projected spot at the top of the South. If March Madness was to start tomorrow, the ACC team with the most conference losses (1) would be seeded higher than the other 10 ACC teams currently on the bracket.
The Eagles, led by ACC Player of the Week Ky Bowman, are 8-3 on the season. Of the team’s three losses, only Texas Tech is currently projected to make a tournament appearance. The 12th seed pits still-unranked BC against No. 22 Florida with the 5th seed in the West.
BC remains undefeated at Conte Forum after Tuesday’s 81-66 win over Columbia. The next challenge for Jim Christian’s promising squad will be its Dec. 30 matchup at No. 16 Virginia.
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