CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — The 2020-21 Boston College men’s basketball schedule is set and features one of the toughest non-conference slates in program history, to go along with 20 games in ACC play.
The Eagles will play their first three games of the season at Mohegan Sun Arena – aka Conte Forum South – beginning with the 2K Empire Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project on Nov. 25 and 26. BC opens tournament play with No. 3 Villanova on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. It marks the first meeting against the former Big East rival since a 60-59 overtime loss in the 2006 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. No. 2 Baylor or No. 18 Arizona State are on the other side of the bracket of the Empire Classic, which will conclude on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 26).
BC returns to Mohegan Sun to take on another former Big East foe – St, John’s – on Monday, Nov. 30. Tipoff time is set for 9 p.m. and the game will air live on FS1. The Eagles finish up their four-game stand at Mohegan Sun on Dec. 2. The opponent, tip time, and network will be announced when finalized this week.
On Friday, Dec. 4, the Eagles will play the first of two non-conference games at Conte Forum when Rhode Island visits Chestnut Hill. BC is also set to host California on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at Conte Forum. Game times and network clearances are yet to be determined.
On Dec. 8, Boston College travels to Minnesota in a matchup that will be part of the 2020 ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Tip time and broadcast network will be announced at a later date.
The Boston College Eagles open their 20-game ACC schedule at home on Saturday, Dec. 12 when they host Syracuse. Tipoff times and network clearances for all-conference contests are still to be determined. Mid-week games in ACC play are also still TBD and the schedule will presently reflect either Tuesday or Wednesday dates.
BC’s six home-and-home opponents for 2020-21 will be Notre Dame, Syracuse, Louisville, Florida State, N.C. State, and Miami.
2020-21 ACC Home Dates:
Dec. 12 – Syracuse
Jan. 2 – Louisville
Jan. 9 – Virginia
Jan. 12/13 – Miami
Jan. 23 – Pittsburgh
Feb. 2/3 – Florida State
Feb. 6 – N.C. State
Feb. 9/10 – Wake Forest
Feb. 23/24 – North Carolina
Feb. 27 – Notre Dame
2020-21 ACC Road Dates:
Dec. 29/30 – at N.C. State
Jan. 5/6 – at Duke
Jan. 16 – at Notre Dame
Jan. 19/20 – at Virginia Tech
Jan. 26/27 – at Clemson
Jan. 30 – at Louisville
Feb. 16/17 – at Georgia Tech
Feb. 20 – at Syracuse
March 2/3 – at Florida State
March 5/6 – at Miami
Note and Numbers
- Each of BC’s non-conference opponents rank among the top 100 according to KenPom.com, led by Villanova (4) and potential opponent Baylor (1)
- For the first time since the 1970-71 season, BC will begin its playing schedule with four straight games away from home. That season, the Eagles played five contests away from home – two games at Boston Garden as part of the Beanpot, an away game at Fairfield, and two games in the Mountaineer Invitational in Morgantown, WVa. In 2003-04, the Eagles began the season with three games in the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- This year marks the first regular-season meetings against former conference rivals Villanova and St. John’s. The Eagles and Wildcats last met in the regular season on Feb. 23, 2005, at the Pavilion. BC and SJU played on Nov. 18, 2008, at Conte Forum as part of the Preseason NIT.
- Conference breakdown of the non-conference slate: Big East (2 – Villanova, St. John’s); Pac 12 (2 – Arizona State, California); Atlantic 10 (1 – Rhode Island); Big 10 (1 – Minnesota); Big 12 (1 – Baylor)
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