Afternoon Quickie: BC Basketball Odds Not Good; Baseball at FIU


Boston College men’s basketball has been a longshot for just about everything this season. This year’s ACC Tournament is no exception.

Ken Pomeroy, who runs a great college basketball stat website that I used to read regularly until he started charging money, has issued odds for each team in the ACC Tournament to advance. According to him, Boston College has a 9.4% chance of beating North Carolina State on Thursday afternoon; the next-lowest team is 11-seed Georgia Tech, who have a 17.1% shot.

From there, the Eagles would have all of a 0.5% chance of beating Virginia on Friday, a 0.02% chance of making it out of Saturday, and a 0.0009% shot of making the NCAA Tournament as the automatic bid. That is nine ten-thousandths of a percent, in case you’re following along at home. In other words, you have a better chance of going to the 7-Eleven in Cleveland Circle and winning enough money from a Mass Lottery scratch-off ticket to buy yourself dinner at Cityside than BC does of winning the ACC Tournament.

If BC does, however, win it all on Sunday, do go out and get a lotto ticket, because it’s your lucky day.

Boston College baseball lost its series finale to Florida Gulf Coast, but the Eagles did manage to take two games of three and are off to a good 6-3 start. It is the Eagles’ best start since they went 8-1 in 2009, the year where they made the NCAA Tournament.

They’re still down in sunny Florida (I know, it’s such a burden) and today, they will face Florida International University. First pitch is at 6pm.

The men’s hockey tournament is composed of 16 teams, but college hockey fans also know that it’s just eight on the women’s side. Our Eagles are just one win for the Frozen Four, and on Saturday afternoon, they will host Saint Lawrence in the NCAA Quarterfinals right at BC. The Saints are 24-9-4 on the season and won the ECAC title this past weekend.

Should Boston College advance, they would face Wisconsin (just like last year) or Mercyhurst in the Frozen Four semifinals. Also like last year, the Eagles are the #4 national seed and the Badgers are #1, which means these two teams could very well be on a collision course again.