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Friday, February 11, 2011
Looking at BC and the tourney bubble

By ESPNBoston.com

At 15-9 overall and 5-5 in the ACC, Boston College faces a key game against Maryland on Saturday at Conte Forum (1 ET, ESPN3). After racing out to a 3-0 start in ACC play, BC has lost five of its last seven league contests. The Terps, at 16-8 overall and 5-4 in the ACC, are also on the tourney bubble.

ESPN.com has plenty of tournament analysis, with “Bubble Watch” and “Bracketology” both showing how precarious the Eagles’ tournament hopes are:


-- Bracketology: Eagles one of last teams in: Joe Lunardi most recent edition of Bracketology has BC in as a No. 11 seed. He has BC as one of the last four at-large teams in, meaning they would be matched up against another 11 seed (Wichita in Lunardi’s projection) in a play-in game.


-- Eamonn Brennan’s Bubble Watch:
Is it time for Eagles fans to panic? Not quite yet. Yes, Boston College lost at Clemson on Tuesday. Yes, Steve Donahue's team is 1-4 against the RPI top 50. Yes, the Eagles have a host of bad losses, including a home defeat to a sub-150 RPI team (Yale) that might haunt BC all the way until March. But the Eagles would have to put together a few more stinkers -- or at least look ugly in Saturday's home game with Maryland -- before we pull the glass casing off the panic button.


-- Bubble Insider: Breaking down the ACC (Insider access required):
The Eagles, losers of five of their past seven games, could continue their free fall with tough matchups against Maryland, UNC and Virginia Tech. Someone was going to get chewed up as the ACC headed down the stretch, and maybe BC's 32-point loss to North Carolina 10 days ago was proof that Eagles, solid RPI aside, just aren't up to snuff.