This week I spent a fair amount of timing considering the upcoming BC UNC basketball game. I haven’t watched a whole lot of college basketball this year, but I did watch a bunch of UNC games last year, and since they’re returning almost their whole team, with the usual addition of a few McDonalds All Americans, I figured, you know, they’re the best team in the country.
And then I considered my team, BC, and how my perception of them is that they are in a rebuilding mode, and how watching games this year is panning for gold. A freshman like Reggie Jackson will make a few nice plays, and as somebody who doesn’t have his finger on the pulse of high school hoops, I just sort of sit back and allow myself to wonder how good these kids will eventually turn out to be. Because with Al Skinner, you don’t expect the big time recruit out of high school, you expect the overlooked kid who winds up improbably becoming the ACC player of the year.
That’s the beauty of Skinner’s tenure at BC. He’s working with an overlooked program in terms of big time recruits (I think I read that Rakim Sanders was a pretty big deal in high school, but I also read that BC’s never got a McDonald’s All American, whereas Duke and UNC I think have like a combined four or five freshman McDonald’s All Americans this year), it’s own fans, and the local media in a region where pro sports are huge. And yet, despite all this, playing in the Big East and ACC, he’s consistently getting teams into the NCAA tournament. It makes you wonder what would happen if he were the coach at a place like Kansas or something.
Like I said, thinking about the game during the week, I was just kind of wondering what it would be like if BC somehow beat the Tar Heels. On Saturday, St. Johns beat Notre Dame, and that pleased me a great deal. Hey, we beat St. Johns, they beat Notre Dame. That was what I thought would suffice as my silver lining.
And then, of course, BC shocked UNC!!
I am hitting F5 of the the rankings, waiting to see if they bump BC into the top 25. The loss to St. Louis hurts a lot, but they’ve beaten Iowa, St. Johns, and UNC.
But, the best thing about this is that the team is so young, so as expectations are exceeded so are future hopes.
NESN Screws the Pooch!
Now, there was a grey lining to yesterday’s victory. Prior to the game NESN was scrolling an “Alert: UNC BC game to start soon” on the bottom of the screen. That’s a paraphrase, but you get the picture. I was kind of nervous, so I switched the radio on to listen to Sarandis and Ebben. The game finally was broadcast about two seconds prior to tip off. Well, actually, it was probably like ten seconds after tip off, because NESN’s feed was way behind WRKO’s. Also, NESN didn’t have sound for the announcers for the first three minutes. No big deal really though.
What was a big deal was an inexplicable commercial break in the with three or so minutes to go in the game. BC had a 15 point lead with like ten minutes to go, and then UNC woke up and started pouring it on. And just when things were at their most intense, NESN went to commercials from like 3:30 (estimate) to six seconds to go!
NESN blew it BIG TIME!!
The whole end of the game was lost. I tuned into the radio broadcast, but I was so upset that it was hard to focus. Don’t get me wrong, I am still thrilled with the victory, but unlike the last time we knocked off a #1 team, I didn’t get to see the whole thing this time.
I’ll take it, but hopefully next time I get to see it too.