The good news for the Boston College Eagles is that they earned a much needed victory on the road against the Virginia Cavaliers, winning 63-44. A loss in this game probably would have crushed the Eagles’ already tenuous NCAA Tournament at-large hopes considering the Cavaliers are one of the conferences’ bottom feeders and probably will not sniff the postseason.
However, the 19-point margin of victory underscored one of the ongoing problems for the Eagles this season, their propensity for slow starts to games. The Eagles fell behind 13-2 against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill before a late surge nearly won them the game. They were blown out in the 1st half by the Hurricanes at home before making the score somewhat more respectable in the 2nd half. Lastly, they were held scoreless by the Cavaliers until after the under 16 minute TV timeout.
With the big road date against the Virginia Tech Hokies looming on Tuesday, this is a problem that Steve Donahue will need to get corrected by the time the Eagles hit the floor in Blacksburg. The Hokies, with seniors Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen among others, have significantly more talent than either the Hurricanes or the Cavaliers. There will be less margin for error with a slow start then there otherwise might be.
A recent NCAA tournament projection from Rivals.com found on Yahoo! Sports had the Eagles listed as a #12 seed. Specifically, one of the final two #12 seeds meaning if the tournament started today with that bracket, the Eagles would be one of the final two at-large teams in the field and be playing in Dayton, Ohio in one of the “First Four” games.
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Written by Christopher Ferrick-Manley