A Decade of Boston College Basketball: Part Four

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A Decade of Boston College Basketball: Part Four
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Glad to see you are all back! Today, we will review the decade in outline. In this article you will find player and coaching honors, team records, and rankings, the top 30 games of the decade, and the all decade team.

I hope you have enjoyed the first three parts of this four-part article. If you have yet to read the previous sections, they can be found here:
Part One , Part Two , Part Three .

During the past decade, several Boston College players won honors and awards. They are as follows.  

Preseason All Big East Team

Troy Bell: First Team 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03
Craig Smith: Second Team 2003/04, First Team 2004/05

 

Big East Player of the Week 

Troy Bell: 2000/01 (2), 2001/02 (2), 2002/03 (3)
Ryan Sidney: 2001/02 
Craig Smith: 2004/05
Jared Dudley: 2004/05

 

Big East Rookie of the Week

Ryan Sidney: 2000/01
Craig Smith: 2002/03 (5)
Jared Dudley: 2003/04 (2)
Sean Williams: 2004/05 

 

All Big East Rookie Team

Craig Smith: First Team 2002/03 
Jared Dudley: First Team 2003/04 
Sean Williams: First Team 2004/05

 

All Big East Team

Troy Bell: First Team 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03
Craig Smith: Second Team 2002/03, First Team 2003/04, 2004/05
Jared Dudley: First Team 2004/05  

 

Big East Most Improved Player

Jared Dudley: 2004/05

 

Big East Player of the Year

Troy Bell: 2000/01, 2002/03 

 

Big East Coach of the Year

Al Skinner: 2000/01, 2004/05

 

ACC Player of the Week

Craig Smith: 2005/06
Jared Dudley: 2005/06, 2006/07 (3)
Tyrese Rice: 2007/08

 

ACC Rookie of the Week

Tyrese Rice: 2005/06
Cory Raji: 2007/08
Reggie Jackson: 2008/09

 

All-ACC Rookie Team

Tyrese Rice: First Team 2005/06

 

All-ACC Team

Craig Smith: First Team 2005/06
Jared Dudley: Second Team 2005/06, First Team 2006/07
Tyrese Rice: Second Team 2006/07, 2008/09, First Team 2007/08

 

All-ACC Defensive Team

Tyrelle Blair: 2007/08    

Sporting News National Player of the Week

Craig Smith: 2004/05
Jared Dudley: 2004/05

 

Preseason All America Team 

Craig Smith: 2005/06
Tyrese Rice: Second Team 2008/09 

 

All America Freshman Team

Jared Dudley: Third Team 2003/04 

 

All America Team

Troy Bell: Second Team 2000/01 
Craig Smith: Third Team 2005/06
Jared Dudley: Second Team 2006/07   

 

National Coach of the Year

Al Skinner: 2000/01

This next section will feature Boston College's season records and their highest ranking achieved for that respected year.  

 

2000/01

27-4 (13-3), Big East regular season and tournament champs, NCAA second round (three seed) (highest ranking: No. 7)

 

2001/02

20-12 (8-8), fourth-place Big East Eastern Division, NCAA first round
(11 Seed) (Highest Ranking: No. 10) 

 

2002/03

19-11 (11-5), first-place Big East Eastern Division, NIT second round
(unranked)

 

2003/04

24-9 (10-6), fifth-place Big East, NCAA Second Round
(six Seed) (highest ranking: No. 25)

 

2004/05

25-5 (13-3), Big East regular season champs, NCAA second round
(four seed) (highest ranking: No. 3)

 

2005/06

28-8 (11-5), third-place ACC, ACC tournament runner-up, NCAA sweet 16
(four seed) (highest ranking: No. 6)

 

2006/07

21-12 (10-6), fourth-place ACC, NCAA second round
(seven seed) (highest ranking: No. 14)

 

2007/08

14-17 (4-12), 11th-place ACC 
(unranked)

 

2008/09

22-12 (9-7), sixth-place ACC, NCAA first round
(seven seed) (highest ranking: No. 17) 

Here is how I ranked the teams from the past decade: 

Teams of the Decade Rankings
1. 2000/01
2. 2005/06
3. 2004/05
4. 2003/04
5. 2006/07
6. 2002/03
7. 2008/09
8. 2001/02
9. 2007/08

Here are the 30 best Boston College games of the decade

Top 30 Games of the Decade
2/7/01 versus Syracuse: fans storm court, Eagles defeat No. 9 Orange
2/1/06 versus Duke: Eagles host No. 2 Duke, fall in star-studded ACC battle
2/19/05 versus Syracuse: Eagles win top 10 showdown, fans storm court 
3/10/01 versus Pittsburgh: BC 2001 Big East champs 
3/24/06 versus Villanova: BC drops Sweet 16 thriller in OT 

1/3/01 versus Connecticut: BC takes down No. 10 UConn, first win over Huskies since '88
12/16/01 versus Holy Cross: BC wins 25th-straight game at the Conte Forum
2/12/03 at Providence: Bell nets 33 and becomes Eagles' all-time leading scorer
3/16/06 versus Pacific: BC wins first-round game in double OT
1/25/06 at North Carolina: Al Skinner's 300th career win

1/14/06 versus FSU: BC's first ever ACC win, Sean Marshall game-winning three at buzzer
2/15/09 versus Duke: BC first win over No. 6 Duke since '84, fans storm court
1/4/09 at North Carolina: Eagles take out No. 1 Tar Heels, shock the nation
3/12/06 versus Duke: Eagles lose ACC championship game to 30-3 Duke
1/27/01 at Villanova: BC's first win at Nova since 1993, Bell scores 28

2/4/04 versus Villanova: BC completes season sweep of Nova for first time since 1992/93
2/5/05 at Seton Hall: BC wins 20th-straight and sets record for best start in school history
1/5/02 versus Pittsburgh: BC looses at home for the first time since 2000
1/7/01 at Miami: Beerbohm lifts Eagles to 11-0, best start in school history
3/1/08 versus North Carolina: Tyrese Rice nets 46 as Eagles fall short 90-80 at home

3/21/04 versus GA Tech: Eagles lose by three to eventual national runner-up
1/5/05 at UConn: Eagles take down No. 10 UConn, set record with best school start
2/17/07 versus UNC: BC hosts ESPN College Gameday, but fall to Heels in late rally
2/28/05 versus Pittsburgh: Pitt snaps BC's 16 game home win streak
11/29/06 versus Michigan State: win gives Eagles first-ever Big 10/ACC Challenge win

1/31/09 versus VA Tech: Rakim Sanders's tip in with 0.4 left lifts Eagles
3/11/06 versrus UNC: BC advances to ACC final after nail-biting win over Heels in semis
1/16/07 versus Miami: Eagles 5-0 in ACC play, Sean Williams last game in BC uniform
12/5/05 at Maryland: BC's first ever ACC game is a loss at Maryland
12/28/06 versus Duquesne: Williams' triple double not enough, BC falls in OT without Dudley

*Two games not forgotten:
3/10/05 versus West Virginia, Boston College's last Big East game in Big East tourney
1/10/06 versus NC State, Boston College loses inaugural ACC home game

The last section of this article will be my picks for the all decade teams.

 

All-Decade First Team
Tyrese Rice
Troy Bell
Jared Dudley
Craig Smith
Sean Williams

 

All-Decade Second Team
Louis Hinnant
Sean Marshall
Ryan Sidney
Uka Agbai
Xavier Singletary

 

All-Decade Third Team
Jermaine Watson
Kenny Walls
Kenny Harley
John Oates
Nate Dornekamp

 

All-Frosh Decade First Team
Tyrese Rice
Sean Marshall
Rakim Sanders
Jared Dudley
Craig Smith

 

All-Frosh Decade Second Team
Marquez Haynes
Reggie Jackson
Cory Raji
Shamari Spears
Sean Williams

 

Honorable Mention Team
Steve Hailey
Andrew Bryant
Jonathon Beerbohm
Akida McLain
Tyrelle Blair 

Well folks, it was fun while it lasted, but there is absolutely nothing left to remember from the decade. We could argue why the 2001 and 2006 Eagles got chipped by the selection committee, but it was in the past decade.

Who knows what this decade will hold for BC, maybe another Sweet 16, maybe another 20-0 start, maybe another 10 years of Al Skinner and a national coach of the year, or maybe a return to the Big East ...We can only hope that the best happens for this team.

Overall, the Eagles recorded a 200-90 record, including seven 20-win seasons and just one losing season. The Eagles also made seven NCAA tournament appearances. During the decade the Eagles changed team uniforms three times: 2003/04, 2005/06, 2006/07 (added gold uniforms).

Hope you enjoyed remembering the Boston College Eagles and we'll see you again for another review in 10 years!

 

 

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