BC won’t be playing UMass in basketball
It was nothing personal, Boston College officials told the University of Massachusetts officials. Just business.
As it turned out, it was scheduling business in basketball, as BC told UMass it wished to discontinue the series between the schools.
“Their coaches indicated that because of the expanded 18-game [Atlantic Coast Conference] schedule, they couldn’t continue the series,’’ said UMass athletic director John McCutcheon. “We would have like to continue the series. We’ll just have to find someone else.’’
The teams had played each season since 1995, when the series resumed as the “Commonwealth Classic.’’
With UMass moving to the FBS level in football, the Eagles and Minutemen will meet on the gridiron in a three game-series beginning in the fall of 2014, with two of the games expected to be at BC’s Alumni Stadium and the third at Gillette Stadium.
The issue of basketball is a different matter, with BC taking a more regional approach in its nonconference schedule. Last season, it played against not only UMass, but also Harvard, Bryant, Holy Cross, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Providence, Sacred Heart, and Boston University.
Northeastern was about the only New England school BC didn’t play.
“We’ll take the check,’’ joked Northeastern coach (and former BC assistant Bill Coen), meaning the guaranteed money that schools from the lower mid-majors receive from the major conference members.
What BC apparently does not want is another possible loss. It got one against UMass by a resounding 82-46 margin last November.
The Minutemen posted a 25-12 overall record and reached the NIT semifinals before losing to Stanford. BC finished with a 9-22 record and lost to North Carolina State in the first round of the ACC tournament.
Five guys to go
Kentucky’s starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores did most everything together en route to the school’s eighth national title. Now, they will each go their separate ways in the NBA. Freshmen Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night. The group came into the season largely untested before ascending to No. 1, winning the Southeastern Conference in dominating fashion and capping an NCAA Tournament run with a 67-59 victory over Kansas in the title game. The five join seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas leaving the program. The departures mean only freshman Kyle Wiltjer remains from the rotation with a new class of highly touted recruits joining coach John Calipari next season. “This is a players’ first program. I said it three years ago. During the season, it’s about our team. You saw it in this year’s team, they were about each other,’’ Calipari said. “When the season is over, it’s about moments like this.’’ . . . Sophomores J.D. Weatherspoon and Jordan Sibert have notified Ohio State they will seek transfers. Weatherspoon, a high school teammate of NBA-bound former Buckeye Jared Sullinger, played in 25 games last season as Ohio State went 31-8 and made it the Final Four before losing to Kansas, 64-62. The 6-foot-6-inch, 215-pounder averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds a game. The 6-4 Sibert scored 3.0 points a game and added 1.1 rebounds. Ohio State spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed both transfers.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.