Boston College basketball schedule released

Boston College basketball schedule released

Sixteen league games, three games in the 2011 76 Classic and a home game against Penn State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge highlight the 2011-12 Boston College men's basketball schedule.

BC opens its season against New Hampshire in Conte Forum on Monday, Nov. 14. It will host Massachusetts (Dec.21), Boston University (Dec. 3), Bryant (Dec. 18), Sacred Heart (Dec. 21), Harvard (Dec. 29) and Rhode Island (Jan. 2), while traveling to Jesuit rival Holy Cross (Nov. 18) and former Big East foe Providence (Dec. 8).

The 2011-12 schedule features at least 10 nationally-televised contests. Additional dates could be added to this list.

The Eagles travel to the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif and open the tournament against Saint Louis, another Jesuit institution, on ESPNU at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24). BC will play either Villanova or UC-Riverside in the second round.

Boston College will host the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge on Nov. 30. The game will be televised by ESPNU.

The Eagles begin their December slate against Boston University, and then play at Providence. BC continues with consecutive home games against Stony Brook, Bryant and Sacred Heart before Christmas, and then Harvard and Rhode Island after the holiday.

Boston College opens ACC play at North Carolina on Saturday, Jan. 7.

14 (Mon.) New Hampshire 7:00 p.m.
18 (Fri.) at Holy Cross 7:30 p.m.
21 (Mon.) Massachusetts 7:00 p.m.
24 (Thurs.) Saint Louis (ESPNU) 2:00 p.m.
25 (Fri.) UC-RiversideVillanova
27 (Sun.) Washington StateOklahomaNew MexicoSanta Clara
30 (Wed.) Penn State (ESPNU) 7:15 p.m.

3 (Sat.) Boston University 2:00 p.m.
8 (Thurs.) at Providence 7:00 p.m.
11 (Sun.) Stony Brook 2:00 p.m.
18 (Sun.) Bryant 3:00 p.m.
21 (Wed.) Sacred Heart 7:00 p.m.
29 (Thurs.) Harvard 7:00 p.m.

2 (Mon.) Rhode Island 1:00 p.m.
7 (Sat.) at North Carolina 2:30 p.m.
12 (Thurs.) Clemson (ESPN or ESPN2) 7:00 p.m.
14 (Sat.) Virginia Tech TBA
19 (Thurs.) at NC State 8:00 p.m.
21 (Sat.) Wake Forest 12:00 p.m.
26 (Thurs.) at Virginia (ESPNU) 9:00 p.m.
29 (Sun.) Miami 1:00 p.m.

1 (Wed.) NC State 8:00 p.m.
4 (Sat.) at Georgia Tech (ESPNU) 1:00 p.m.
8 (Wed.) Florida State (ESPN3) 7:00 p.m.
12 (Sun.) at Virginia Tech (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.
16 (Thurs.) at Maryland 9:00 p.m.
19 (Sun.) Duke (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.
25 (Sat.) at Wake Forest 1:00 p.m.
29 (Wed.) Georgia Tech 7:00 p.m.

3 (Sat.) at Miami 2:30 p.m.
8-11 (Thurs.-Sun.) & ACC Championship

- ACC game
- Big TenACC Challenge
- 76 Classic (Anaheim, Calif.)
& - Atlanta, Ga. (Philips Arena)
All Times -- Eastern Time (subject to change)

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.