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Boston College releases their 2023-24 ACC schedule

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To much fanfare, Boston College fans now know the conference lineup for this winter. The Eagles went 9-11 during conference play last season in Earl Grant’s second season as head coach of BC, looking to build on one of the best regular season’s the program has had in recent memory.

The Eagles open up ACC play, traveling back from Nashville with a December 2 matchup with NC State at Conte Forum. After ringing in the New Year, BC will flip the page to their full conference slate, as they welcome Wake Forest will come to The Heights. Next, the Eagles hit the road for what will be an important stretch of three consecutive away games, at Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Clemson — for a team that struggled on the road the previous season, this presents an opportunity to change that narrative and pick up wins away from Conte.

January wraps up with Notre Dame and UNC at home, followed by returning to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech, where the Eagles were able to triumph in their previous campaign, before lastly drawing Syracuse, again, this time at home.

The competition sees a significant uptick in February with an improved Florida State team coming to town before heading to Cameron Indoor with Duke. Play will continue to heat up as Louisville and Miami make their way north, followed by visits to Florida State and NC State. Virginia will seek to avenge their upset loss to the Eagles, with a familiar late-night, mid-week tip. Senior night in Chestnut Hill will then be slated for the first Saturday in March and the remaining coming at Miami and Louisville.

BC opens up their season on November 6 against Fairfield at home.

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Boston College 68, Virginia 72: Eagles Drop their Third Straight

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CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Coming off of their tough road trip, the Boston College Eagles returned to Conte Forum on Wednesday night to face the Virginia Cavaliers. After a hard-fought game, Virginia left Conte Forum with a 72-68 victory. Boston College has now lost four games at home by six points or fewer. 

After the Hoos got off to an early 11-2 lead, the Eagles fought back to cut the lead to four, going into halftime trailing 27-23. Mason Madsen, Jaeden Zackery, and Claudell Harris Jr. all contributed offensively, each scoring 5 or more first half points. But, BC did not get much help outside of their three starting guards, as the rest of the Eagle team shot just 3-13 in the first half. 

However, despite their poor shooting in the first half, the Eagles defense held the Hoos offense to just 39.3% shooting from the field. Virginia’s Reece Beekman gave the Eagles defense some trouble in the opening frame, but Coach Grant’s defense was largely able to contain the Virginia attack. 

In the second half, both team’s offenses were able to find some rhythm. Both BC and UVA opened the second half with three point makes, setting the tone for a back-and-forth second half. After Virginia controlled the early second half action and took a 36-28 lead, Boston College stormed back with a 12-3 run to take a 40-39. The Eagles were eventually able to extend their lead to 54-51 with 8:25 to play. 

But Virginia came charging back, and the Eagles never recovered. After shooting just 4-17 from behind the arc, UVA buried their next four attempts, and before long, the Hoos were up 63-55 with 3:43 to play. The Eagles fought back, even drawing within two points thanks to a Mason Madsen and-1. But UVA was able to execute down the stretch, and close the door on any hopes of a BC comeback. 

Quinten Post had a fantastic day for the Eagles, scoring 24 points on 6-14 shooting from the field, and a remarkable 11-11 from the free throw line. Zackery and Madsen also reached double figures, scoring 12 and 10 points respectively. Reece Beekman, Isaac McKneeley, and Jacob Groves led the Virginia offense, scoring 18, 14, and 13 points respectively.

Boston College returns to Conte Forum for their final home game this Saturday afternoon against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Seniors Quinten Post and Abe Atiyeh will be honored at senior night, as the Eagles will look to close their home slate on a high note.

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NC State 81, Boston College 70: Eagles struggle in Raleigh, suffer 10th ACC loss

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Boston College dropped their 10th ACC tilt Saturday afternoon at NC State, as they went down early and remained within some striking distance throughout but could never get back into it.

It was a rather odd start for the Eagles, as they only scored four points in the first 8:40 of the game, and were down 25-11 at the six-minute mark. It was 38-26 at the half with the Wolfpack leading, and NC State jumped out to as much as a 20-point lead but the Eagles got it to within 11 by the final buz

On the scoresheet, it didn’t exactly look like the norm either. Quinten Post, Claudell Harris Jr., and Devin McGlockton combined for a 2-for-19 clip from the field. Leading the way in scoring was Mason Madsen with 21 and four 3-pointers, while Donald Hand Jr. knocked down a trio of 3-pointers off the bench. Madsen was also the only starter to reach triple-digits.

The Eagles move to 6-10 in conference play and 15-12 on the year, while they resume play against Virginia Wednesday in the 9:00 p.m. ET slot.

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Florida State 84, Boston College 76: Eagles struggle to defend Seminoles

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Boston College fell to Florida State 84-76 Tuesday night in Tallahassee, as despite a quick start scoring-wise the Eagles struggled to defend a similarly-hot-handed Seminoles team that dropped the Eagles to 6-9 in conference play.

It was back-and-forth very early on, with the first missed shot of the game not coming until almost four minutes in. The first half ended in a high-scoring 43-43 knot.

Things stayed even until roughly the halfway mark of the second half when FSU went on a 10-0 run that gave them a 70-61 advantage, the largest lead of the entire game for both sides. That ended up being the deciding factor, as the Eagles were unable to get within less than eight from that point on.

BC had four players in double-figures for scoring-wise, getting just eight points from the bench. Jaeden Zackery led the way with 19 on 3-for-3 from 3-point range, while Mason Madsen hit four 3s and put up 14. Quinten Post tallied 15 with seven of those points coming from the charity strike and Devin McGlockton also put up 13 points. The lone starting five member not in double-digits was Claudell Harris, who went just 1-for-5 from beyond the arch inducing just seven points out of him.

Boston College will continue the road trip and take on NC State Saturday in Raleigh at 2:00 p.m. ET, with the Eagles hoping to avoid the double-digit mark of losses in ACC play. The Wolfpack are losers of three out of their last four, however.

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