Record: 10-12 (Overall), 2-7 (Conference)
It's been a bad season for Boston College, but really no worse than expected.
The Eagles were picked to finish last in the preseason coaches poll, and they've lived up to that billing so far with a 2-7 conference start. At least they've got company in the basement alongside Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech.
And while we're fishing for silver linings, let it be noted that BC's offense has made major strides since last season. Freshman Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson lead a unit that has gotten to the free-throw line at a better rate in conference play than any of its ACC foes. Compare that to last year, when SSteve Donahue's team ranked 244th nationally and eighth in conference.
The defensive end is another story entirely. BC can't defend the three-point line, the paint or really any area worth defending. That combined with a crippling inability to force turnovers has the Eagles in a bind.
But where there is youth, there is hope, and Boston College is one of the greenest teams in the nation. The Eagles don't have a single upperclassman playing more than 25 percent of available minutes and should continue to mature as the season progresses.
Already in ACC play, they've had competitive games against North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Maryland and Miami, signs that this program is finally on the upswing.
Grade: C-, improving with a long way to go