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Boston College Must-Watch Games of the Winter Season

BC Athletics has released the 2016-2017 schedules for men’s and women’s basketball and hockey, and their upcoming home games promise exciting competition between the Eagles and their opponents.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

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Wednesday, December 7 at 7 pm vs. HARVARD

BC beat Harvard in the Crimson’s last two visits to Conte Forum, though both times by small margins. Expect nothing different in this year’s game, with the Eagles hoping to gain confidence with an ahead-of-schedule win against a non-conference rival. This crosstown rivalry will only heat up in the winter, with Harvard looking to make the NCAA Tournament after being notably absent this past spring.

Saturday, January 21 at 12 pm vs. NORTH CAROLINA

The Eagles will host the Tar Heels in a matinee at Conte Forum after the Superfans return from winter break. While UNC advanced to the 2016 National Championship game, BC almost pulled off an unthinkable upset against the Tar Heels last season. In the end, the Tar Heels bested the Eagles by a mere three points. This year’s match does not promise the same excitement, but stop by Conte to watch the Eagles take on a 2017 NCAA title contender.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

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Tori Fisher / Gavel Media

Monday, November 14 at 7 pm vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

The Eagles will host Green Line rival BU in their home opener. BC generally rolls over the Terriers easily, as the Eagles have won all three of their past matches by an average of 15 points per game. BU usually puts up enough of a fight to make the game entertaining, until the might of the Eagles becomes too much for the Terriers to handle.

Sunday, February 5 at 2 pm vs. SYRACUSE

BC will host 2016 National Champion runner-up Syracuse in a Sunday match at Conte Forum in early February. Though always an ACC powerhouse, Syracuse nearly lost a home game to the Eagles in 2016, beating BC by just one point. In March, Syracuse made a deep run into the NCAA Tournament, losing to Connecticut in the final. In this game, BC looks to send a message proving the Eagles are not to be underestimated by top teams.

MEN’S HOCKEY

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Bianca Dempsey / Gavel Media

Friday, October 28 at 7 pm vs. PROVIDENCE

BC will welcome the Friars to Conte Forum in its second Hockey East matchup of the season. After falling to Minnesota-Duluth early in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, Providence will be looking to prove their grit this year against a young BC team. The Eagles will aim to prove their ability to be top contenders in the conference. Superfans should expect this Friday night game to be a tough-fought battle between Hockey East rivals.

Tuesday, December 6 at 7 pm vs. NORTHEASTERN

Though the Eagles outperformed the Huskies in post-season competition, Northeastern still gave BC fits during the regular season last year. BC wasn't able to contain the Huskies’ prolific scorers, as the Eagles gave up 11 goals in three games against NEU. With a total record of 1-1-1 in 2015-2016 versus Northeastern, BC must show up ready to play against a fellow Hockey East team.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

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Kristen Morse / Gavel Media

Saturday, October 8 at 2 pm vs. MAINE

The Eagles will host the Black Bears for their first Hockey East game of the season in an afternoon matchup. This game will be an interesting barometer for both Superfans and the rest of the hockey world. All will be curious to see whether BC continues last season's dominance. Though the Eagles lost some significant senior talent, they should still be a formidable team and NCAA Tournament contender in the 2016-2017 season.

Friday, November 4 at 7 pm vs. BOSTON UNIVERSITY

In the first of four regular season matchups, the Eagles will take on the Terriers in what should be an entertaining Friday night for Superfans. Even though BC’s undefeated season did not allow any room for losses, the Terriers always gave the Eagles a fight last year. These four games will be no different. In a precursor to the Beanpot showdown, expect to see these two teams playing a tough, hard-hitting brand of hockey.

 

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