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Back on Feb. 10, the Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team came within one point of beating fourth-ranked Duke. Then, at the end of last month, in a rematch against the then-sixth-ranked Blue Devils on the road, the Eagles lost yet again but this time in a blowout, falling 89-68.
BC then went on to lose to NC State three days later in another blowout in a 82-64 defeat, clinching a losing regular season. If you were to check the College Basketball Lines at Topbet, you’d probably find that those losses were pretty easy bets. But, the Eagles did bounce back, beating the University of Virginia 53-52 on Sunday.
The Eagles have had a rough campaign, though, despite the efforts of Ryan Anderson. The sophomore forward has averaged 15.0 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. In the blowout loss against Duke, Anderson performed well, scoring 23 points on 8-13 shooting.
Freshman guard Olivier Hanlan has also been impressive this season. Hanlan has averaged 14.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this season. He score a season-high 26 points and hauled in 7 rebounds in the team’s big win over Maryland last month.
So, with underclassmen leading the way, perhaps the team’s near future is bright.