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After defeating West Virginia on Feb. 1, BC was sitting at 19-0. On the other hand, the Mountaineers had lost seven of eight and were considered a NIT team at best. Four days later, the Eagles rolled past Seton Hall and became the first Big East team to ever start a season 20-0.
While West Virginia bounced Wake Forest last night and advanced to the Sweet 16, Boston College was soundly defeated by Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 83-75, and ended its season of expectations with a mundane 5-5 record down the stretch.
In the end, Teddy’s boys were nothing more than a fluke.
The Globe’s Michael Vega leads off our game stories from Cleveland. Just one quick word here for Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Bruce Pearl:
At no time, not even for a millisecond, were the Eagles the best team in the country this year. His quote in Vega’s story is not only absurd but borders on insane.
And to wrap up the BC coverage this season, alum Bob Ryan states the Eagles had to win yesterday’s game to validate their season. As usual, Ryan couldn’t be more on target.
Elsewhere in the college hoops world, Jackie MacMullan writes about Vermont’s Germain Mopa Njila. She doesn’t explain why his name sounds like a new Starbucks offering, but a good read nonetheless.
And the Courant’s Matt Eagan previews UConn-North Carolina State.
The magical carpet ride continued for the Celtics last night in New Orleans. While it appeared a classic letdown game, after the Houston win a night earlier, either Boston playing that well right now or the Hornets just stink. Having seen them in person two weeks ago in Dallas, we can vouch for the fact that New Orleans is horrid. Maybe one of the 10 worst NBA teams in the last 20 years. However, take nothing away from the Celtics who are playing their best ball since the 2002 playoffs.
Peter May wraps up the NBA coverage this morning with his Sunday notes package.
Wells Named Opener Starter
This and That
Make sure to read some of Dave Scott’s blog from the last three days of the NCAA tournament. There was some really good stuff in there and the effort was just beyond comprehension. Compared to Bill Simmons’ half-hearted “live” blog on Thursday and Friday, it was like comparing a tuxedo to a pair of those white athletic socks with the colored strips.