Some random thoughts as the college basketball season moves into the phase when everyone pays attention and we have a combination of games mixed with coaching rumors.
Give Boston College and Coach Jim Christian credit for a solid leap forward. The Eagles not only won 19 games, but they won a pair of games in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. It would have been nice if some BC fans had shown up in Brooklyn for the games. The Eagles are a decent team that is fun to watch.
The Eagles aren't done. The NIT should be calling and the Eagles can definitely win a few games, which would break the 20 victory barrier, which is a major leap forward from the 0-18 team in the ACC and 2-34 team of the past two seasons in league competition.
If the NIT were wise it would match Northeastern vs. BC in a Tuesday or Wednesday first round game. Play the game at Northeastern and you will have a great crowd as well.
Speaking of Northeastern. The Huskies lost to College of Charleston in the Colonial Athletic Conference tournament final this week in a game which was basically decided on two bad or questionable calls which went against Coach Bily Coen's team in the final few minutes. Not a surprise since the tournament was played in Charleston. But Northeastern deserved better.
Harvard faces a similar battle this weekend when it goes to The Palestra for the Ivy League tournament. Since Penn is also part of the 4-team tournament and The Palestra is Penn's home court, Coach Tommy Amaker's team could also be dealing with an extra disadvantage. If the Crimson lose, the NIT will also grab them which could mean three teams from Boston in that tournament.
With an opening at Pitt and many more to come (UConn?), the Coaching Carousel ride is about to begin again. Look for Rhode Island's Danny Hurley as a major player in any coaching rumors. If UConn makes a move with Kevin Ollie, Hurley would be a prime candidate. The most intriguing rumor had Hurley on Georgia's list if the Bulldogs decide to go in another direction from Mark Fox. The problem with UConn is simple. It is not an elite job anymore. The Huskies are part of the American Athletic Conference and there is little enthusiasm from UConn fans to watch games against UCF, Tulane and East Carolina instead of games against such long time rivals as Providence, St. John's, Georgetown and Villanova.
How deep is the ACC this season? Check for the latest update on Sunday night. There is a possibility the ACC could have 10 teams in the NCAA tournament, which means that both Louisville and Notre Dame or Syracuse would be part of the 68 team field.
Conversely, the Pac-12 could wind up with only two or three teams. The Big Ten is likely to have four teams, while the Big 12 (7 or 8) or SEC (7 or 8) would have more teams in the field than the Pac-12 and Big Ten combined.