The Boston College Men’s Basketball team (13-19, 7-13 ACC in 2019) has released its schedule for the upcoming 2020-2021 season. The team will play a 20-game in-conference, ACC schedule to go along with six out-of-conference opponents.
The Eagles will open their season on Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. against the preseason No. 3 Villanova Wildcats in the Empire Classic at Mohegan Sun, to be aired on ESPN. A preview of this tournament can be read here.
BC will play either the preseason No. 2 Baylor Bears or the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils in the next round of the tournament. After the tournament, the Eagles will continue their play of out-of-conference opponents in the next three games.
BC will stay in Connecticut for two games to face off against former Big East opponent the St. John’s Red Storm, as well as the Missouri Tigers, and then go back home to face off against the Rhode Island Rams.
Then, the Eagles make the trip to Minneapolis to face off against Minneasota in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge before coming back to Conte Forum to square off against the California Golden Bears to wrap up their non-conference slate.
The Eagles boast one of the toughest non-conference schedules in school history. Each non-conference opponent is ranked in KenPom.com’s Top 100. The Eagles have not opened the season with four out-of-conference games since the 1970-1971 season.
The Eagles last played Villanova in 2006 in the NCAA Tournament during an exciting but unfortunate overtime loss to the Wildcats. BC also squared off against St. John’s in 2008 when the Eagles beat the Red Storm 82-70.
Beginning in the ACC, the Eagles start off play for the whole conference with a home game against the Syracuse Orange on Dec. 12.
The ACC regular season schedule is split with 10 home games and 10 away games. Of note, BC plays ranked opponents including preseason No. 4 Virginia, No. 10 Duke, No. 16 North Carolina, and No. 21 Florida State. Three of those four games against ranked ACC opponents will be played in Chestnut Hill.
The Eagles will play six “home-and-home” opponents this season, including Syracuse, NC State, Louisville, Notre Dame, Florida State, and Miami.
The regular season will finish by March 6 with the ACC Championship Tournament beginning on March 9 in Washington, D.C.
The Eagles will certainly be put to the test right away after losing four of their six top scorers from last season through transfers or graduation. We broke down the Eagle’s roster earlier this year, which can be found here.
Fan attendance has yet to be determined for the upcoming season for BC home games.
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