The Boston College men’s basketball team announced it’s non-conference schedule on July 23, with the matchups against Northwestern and Cal-Berkeley making headlines. The Eagles also announced that they will start their season with an ACC fixture against Wake Forest on Nov. 6.
Following the bout with the Demon Deacons, B.C. will head down to Tampa to take on the USF Bulls on Nov. 10. This away game is followed by five consecutive home contests, four of which are part of the Gotham Classic. The Eagles will face High Point, Belmont, Eastern Washington, DePaul, and Saint Louis in that order.
After the visit from the Billikens, B.C. will take a short jaunt south to take on the Richmond Spiders before returning home for three more games, against Northwestern, Albany, and Central Connecticut, respectively.
Finally, in the last non-conference meeting of the season, the Eagles will head to the golden coast to take on Cal-Berkeley.
BC will open the 2019-20 season with @accmbb opponent @wakembb. As the ACC is moving to a 20-game conference schedule, 14 of the 15 teams in the ACC will begin the season with a league opponent. The Eagles and Demon Deacons will face off on Wednesday, Nov. 6.#WeAreBC #FYCLW pic.twitter.com/mD8VM9xsDP
— Boston College Men's Basketball (@BCMBB) August 5, 2019
B.C. has secured a relatively easy non-conference schedule this year, with only two opponents (Saint Louis and Belmont) taking part in the NCAA tournament last season. Additionally, the heavy slate of home games will be extremely beneficial, considering the Eagles finished 10-8 in Conte Forum versus 2-8 away from home in 2018-19.
The importance of non-conference games cannot be overstated, as going undefeated against weaker opposition is a great way to impress the tournament committee for an at-large bid to the dance.
B.C. stumbled early last season against IUPUI, Providence, and Hartford, which looked terrible come March. The team staying focused would be a huge boost, considering the ACC is expanding from an 18-game conference schedule to a 20-game conference schedule. The ACC is undoubtedly one of the strongest basketball conferences in the country. Having a sterling record going into those tough matchups is necessary for both the team’s national perception and confidence.
One of the tougher non-conference games will be the trip to California on Dec. 21. The Golden Bears, who finished 8-23 last season, were not a formidable opponent on the court, but the combination of the travel and the anticipation of the start of ACC play make the matchup tricky for B.C.
However, the Eagles really should expect to be undefeated at that point in the season, considering the talent on the team’s roster.
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