2011-2012 ACC Preview: #12 Boston College

The 2011-2012 ACC season is about to begin. Over the next three weeks, Crazie Talk will preview each of the twelve ACC teams in order that we think they’ll finish this season – from the bottom up.

Let’s take a look at our projected last-place finishers, the Boston College Eagles.

Boston College has struggled this season after losing eight players from last year's team (photo courtesy of DukeBluePlanet)

2011-2012 Record: 5-9

Key Wins:
December 11- Boston College 66, Stony Brook 51
December 18- Boston College 75, Bryant 55

Tough Losses:
November 21- UMass 82, Boston College 46
December 3- Boston University 75, Boston College 61

Starting Lineup:[table id=15 /]Last Year Against Duke:
January 27, 2011 at Duke- Duke 84, Boston College 68

This Year Against Duke:
February 19, 2012 in Chestnut Hill

The Good: This is a team with a lot of upside that could compete in the ACC someday, that day is just not today. However, despite having a weak team that is surely in for a rough season, expect this team to grow a lot throughout a difficult ACC schedule. With nine freshman on the roster, including four starters, this season should serve as the ultimate learning experience. Though they will not win many games this year, they will undoubtedly be a better team by the end of their conference schedule than they are now. With a ton of experienced players two or three years down the road, this team is potentially dangerous.

The Bad: All of the positives about this team reside in the future. Boston College’s seven losses this season have come at the hands of Holy Cross, UMass, Saint Louis, New Mexico, Penn State, Boston University, and Providence, none of whom are considered to be top-notch competition. The ACC schedule did not decide to be kind to the Eagles this year, either, as they open the conference slate January 6th in Chapel Hill. The loss of star guard Reggie Jackson, who was drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of last year’s NBA draft, along with seven other graduated seniors is simply too much to recover from for a team that just barely missed the NCAA tournament last season.

The Crazie: This is easily the youngest team in the ACC, and head coach Steve Donahue isn’t easing his freshmen into their roles on the team. All 15 Eagles, have appeared in a game this year, and 10 different players have started a game. Keep in mind that this team has only played 11 games so far. Seven of the team’s nine freshmen have started a game for Boston College in this young season, and four freshmen make up this team’s typical starting lineup. To say the least, this is an inexperienced team, and it has showed in BC’s early-season tests.

Player We Love To Hate: With a team this experienced, the Eagle we’ll be hating the most has not yet been revealed to us, and won’t be until this team continues to develop and grow into its own. Chances are we won’t be hating any of these players this season, as this is surely not a team that will be giving the Blue Devils much trouble, even as they play in their own gym. But if I had to put my money on a player we’ll probably be hating in a year or two, it would have to be freshman Ryan Anderson. Anderson is the type of player that typically gives Duke fits. He plays all over the floor, but is too big to be covered by a guard. He can step outside to shoot the three, but is also Boston College’s leading rebounder and will surely grow into his 6-8 frame over the next couple of years. He’s played a large role in Boston College’s last two victories, averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Bottom Line: This is going to be a rough season for Boston College. They might be able to steal a couple games at home against fellow ACC bottom-feeders Wake Forest and Clemson, but otherwise don’t expect the Eagles to win more than a couple of ACC contests this season. They will have many more moral victories than actual victories this year as this young crop of freshmen continues to develop.

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Crazie-Talk’s 2011-2012 ACC Preview:

Boston College | Wake Forest | Clemson | Miami | Georgia Tech | Maryland

North Carolina State | Virginia Tech | Florida State | Virginia | Duke | North Carolina