One regular season game typically doesn't mean much in the big picture of college basketball. Unless you go on the road and take down the #1 team in the country, and do so in convincing fashion. And by now you know that's what the BC Eagles did Sunday night.
BC was 12-2 going into this game, but that record was bloated thanks to soft non-conference opponents. Teams like San Francisco, Sacred Heart, Bryant, and South Carolina Upstate functioned more as preseason tune-ups for BC's ACC schedule more than anything else.
But now they're playing teams on the same talent level, if not higher. Now they're playing in front of 21,000 fans. Now they're competing in one of the toughest conferences in the country.
The Eagles took the lead with 3:37 left in the 2nd and did not relinquish it. Tyrese Rice led the scoring with 25 points along with 8 assists. Rakim Sanders added 22, and Reggie Jackson came off the bench with 17. As a team the Eagles were 75% from the line, which was huge down the stretch.
BC didn't win by going crazy behind the 3 point line, or with a buzzer beater; they flat-out beat North Carolina.
It's just one game, and there's a great deal of basketball to be played between now and March. But if BC winds up a borderline tournament team, a win like this would put them over the top.
Last year BC was 4-12 in the ACC and 14-17 overall. They didn't even make the NIT.
The Eagles host Harvard Wednesday night before resuming ACC play with home games against Miami on the 10th and #6 Wake Forest on the 14th.