Clemson was a bad match-up for the Eagles. That much was pretty clear. Their size and defensive prowess have shut down BC twice this season and left the Eagles in precarious shape heading into Selection Sunday.
Another slow start may have doomed the Eagles chances of a NCAA berth as well. The Tigers started the game on a 17-3 run. BC did not even get onto the scoreboard until Josh Southern’s free throw at the 14:38 mark. They did not score from the field until Joe Trapani’s two-point bucket around the 13 minute mark. While BC had gotten off to fast starts in its four game winning streak over Virginia, Virginia Tech, and both games over Wake Forest; they reverted today back to the form they had displayed when losing three of four against Clemson, North Carolina, and Miami.
If the Eagles are going to squeak into the NCAA field, they will almost certainly be playing in the “First Four” games in Dayton, OH. It is also extremely crucial that no bids are stolen by teams that have no chance of making the NCAAs as at-large’s whatsoever. Dayton (the school, not the city) did the Eagles no favors by knocking off Atlantic-10 top seed Xavier (who will be given an at-large) and advancing to its conference tourney’s semifinal.
The glass is always half-full though. The Tar Heels finished as NIT runners-up last year and should earn a top 3 NCAA seed this year. Think of it that way.
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Written by Christopher Ferrick-Manley