Re-Evaluating the 2014-15 Boston College Basketball Predictions

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Dec 21, 2014; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles guard Dimitri Batten (1) goes up for a shot against the Southern California Trojans during the first half at Silvio O. Conte Forum. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

2014-15 Boston College Basketball Predictions: Games

In the preseason, we predicted a 12-18 (6-12) regular season for Boston College. That would have meant a non-conference portion of the schedule at 6-6; with one game remaining against Harvard, they can either get through it 8-4 or 7-5. Nothing that will blow you away, but a little better than expected.

Yet, ACC play is where the bread is buttered, so to speak, and in two conference games so far, Boston College has found two divergent ways to lose: big and by gagging up a big lead.

Do not expect massive improvement, mainly because the talent level of the team is not good enough to compete against their coming schedule. It has been this way for four years; why would it change now? Readers of this web establishment know that I am not the president of the Jim Christian Fan Club, but even I can barely hold him responsible at all for this season. The kids are playing harder and showing that they have actually learned a little defense, but John Wooden would have trouble winning with this bunch.

As for the upcoming schedule, here it is:

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If the lines were issued right now, Boston College would probably be the underdog in 14 of the 17 games to follow. Let’s say for a minute that they win two of the games in which they would be slight underdogs, maybe Clemson and Georgia Tech, and lose one of the few games in which they would be favored, like Virginia Tech. That’s a win over Harvard and a final 3-15 ACC record, which does not look that far off from reality.

I will be generous and give them a fifth ACC regular season win against some team that most people assume they will not beat, which they do accomplish maybe once a year. That’s 4-14 in the conference.

The final record does not change from our preseason prediction at 12-18, but that comes with eight wins outside the conference and only four inside it.

Ugly, ugly, ugly.