Boston College Basketball Hopes to Escape UConn Shadow

BC Basketball Struggles in Northeast

College basketball in New England is clearly dominated by the University of Connecticut basketball program. With four national championships since 1999 the men’s team has made a real mark even beyond the region, and makes it very difficult for schools recruiting in New England. Boston College, as one of those teams, is hoping to prove an effective competitor with the recent hiring of Jim Christian as their head coach. 


The Boston College Eagles fired their former coach, Steve Donahue after his four-year tenure yielded no NCAA Tournament appearances. Through almost ten seasons in the ACC, the Eagles have only made the Tournament once, surely a disappointment after the move to the basketball power conference. Christian will be their third head coach since the move to the ACC.


Jim Christian has primarily coached teams in the Mid-American Conference (Ohio Bobcats, Kent State Golden Flashes), despite his playing experience and background in the Northeast. He played two seasons of college basketball at Boston University, so the hope is that this will help his credibility recruiting in the area.


The lack of recent success for Boston College makes a quick turnaround seem unlikely for the Eagles. During his time with Kent State he led that team to their last two NCAA Tournament appearances, and is coming off recent success at the University of Ohio. The stretch at Boston College with Christian at the helm has early promise, but it will take time to see whether the program is really headed in the right direction. 


Boston College’s 2014 recruiting class consists of one player as they only had one scholarship available: Nat Dixon, the 6’5 shooting guard out of Lynn Haven, Florida. Dixon is not a particularly remarkable prospect, as recruiting problems were part of the reason why Donahue was fired in the first place. However, he will be the start of the program that Christian hopes to build in Boston.