Boston College men’s basketball team routed by Florida in ‘Bubbleville’ finale

The Boston College men’s basketball team might be ready to burst out of the bubble.

a group of people standing on a basketball court: Florida's Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC's Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

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Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, skying over BC’s Steffon Mitchell, scored a game-high 24 points.

Three days after a furious second-half rally came up short against St. John’s, the Eagles were out of sorts from the get-go against Florida in a 90-70 loss at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., in the Roman Legends Classic Thursday night.

It was the final performance in so-called “Bubbleville” for Boston College, which went 1-3, its lone win over Rhode Island Nov. 26.

“The off-floor togetherness of our team has got to spread to on the floor,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “The teams that we’re playing, you can’t have lulls.”

For the Gators (2-0), it was their second game in as many days following a string of cancellations to begin their season. Following a 76-69 win over Army, Florida never trailed against BC after a Keyontae Johnson 3-pointer with 16:35 left in the first half put his team ahead, 8-6.

Johnson, who led the Gators in scoring a season ago as a sophomore, recorded a double-double with a game-high 24 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and 12 rebounds as Florida built a lead as large as 31 points in the second half.

“Last night, it was our first game so everyone had nervous energy,” Johnson said. “Today, we just locked in and played defense how we were supposed to.”

The Gators limited the Eagles to 41.5 percent shooting and shot 56.5 percent from the floor.

Rich Kelly paced the Eagles with 13 points. Wynston Tabbs scored 12 points and CJ Felder had 11.

Making his debut for BC, James Karnik had 7 points in 18 minutes. The 6-foot-9-inch senior transfer from Lehigh was granted eligibility from the NCAA Thursday morning.

It was the Gators’ third win in as many tries against the Eagles, and it was the first meeting between the schools since 1994.

BC is off to Minnesota for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday, where it will face the Golden Gophers (3-0) for the second time in the last three seasons.

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Football Regular Season Finale, Basketball Talk and Stats

Locked on Boston College a daily Eagles podcast hosted by AJ Black editor and publisher of BC Bulletin has a new episode available today. Make sure to listen to all our episodes on your favorite podcast directory. 

In today’s episode we are joined by show cohost Eric Hoffses to talk about this weekend’s game against the University of Virginia. We look at the statistics of the Cavaliers, and the roster, and realize the Eagles could be playing “BC lite” this weekend. We talk about the Cavaliers season to date and Hoffses gives his prediction for the game.

On top of that, you can always count on Hoffses to give some expert basketball analysis. He looks at the first three games and talks about his takeaways from the opening of the season. What has he liked? What concerns him? 

Finally, we talk about statistics and our culture’s tendency to use them for everything. While they can be useful, in some cases they don’t paint a complete picture. We look at how SP+ and Pro Football Focus really haven’t been able to capture the real talent of BC with their statistical systems. 

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Louisville Drops Road Finale at Boston College

(Photo of Mike Palmer, Dez Fitzpatrick: Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Hitting the road for the final time during the 2020 regular season, old habits continue to die hard for Louisville, as the Cardinals fell to Boston College 34-27 despite a large amount of production from a pair of offensive playmakers.

Quarterback Malik Cunningham finished with a career high in total offensive, accumulating 294 through the air on 19-31 passing and 133 on the ground on 17 attempts, for 427 total, as well as a pair of touchdowns.

His favorite target on the night was unquestionably Dez Fitzpatrick, as the wide receiver hauled in a career-high 182 yards on eight receptions. Jalen Mitchell, who was the newly-christened running back following the news of Maurice Burkley having to miss the remainder of the season, finished with 44 yards on 44 rushes.

But unfortunately, as has been the case all season long with Louisville, turnovers continued to rear their ugly head. Heading into the game having lost 21 turnovers, the second-most in the country, the Cardinals added three more to that ledger. Two of them in turn led to 10 points off turnovers for Boston College, proving to be the difference maker as Louisville out-gained them 493-435.

The Eagles, who normally rely on the arm of quarterback Phil Jurkovic to lead their offense, found a lot of their success on the ground. BC finished with 188 rushing yards, although Jurkovic did manage 203 passing yards before exiting due to injury.

James Turner’s 44-yard field goal cracked the scoreboard first, but then fumbles from Hassan Hall & Tutu Atwell led directly to a rushing score from BC’s David Bailey and then a field goal from Aaron Boumerhi.

While Boston College would add another field goal before half, Louisville was fortunate that neither first-half BC kick turned into endzone trips. Despite being short starting nose tackle Jared Goldwire, who was declared unavailable for the game, the defensive front bent but did not break, forcing BC to settle for a pair of goal line field goals and not a pair of touchdowns.

Coupled with a 2-yard rushing score from Mitchell on Louisville’s final first half drive, the Cards went into the half trailing by just a field goal instead of multiple scores.

Each team scored on their opening second half drive, a field goal for Louisville and another rushing score for Bailey, then momentum had a chance to swing the Cardinals’ way. On Boston College’s second drive of the half, starting Jurkovic was forced to exit the game due to injury, with backup Dennis Grosel coming in relief.

Instead of Louisville’s defense capitalizing on the change at signal caller, Grosel proceeded to throw touchdowns on back-to-back drives. Fortunately, Louisville also did the same courtesy of a goal line score from Tutu Atwell and a 69-yard catch and run from Fitzpatrick.

After the defense rallied to give the offense one last shot, old issues came back to haunt. A Cunningham throw was batted

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College Park trounces Kingwood in non-district finale

SHENANDOAH — Two games, two dominant performances for College Park.

After beating up on Fort Bend Austin last weekend, the Cavaliers looked sharp during their final non-district tuneup Saturday evening with a 41-7 victory over Kingwood at Woodforest Bank Stadium.

College Park (3-1) now heads into the most important stretch of the season with some momentum. The Cavaliers, searching for their first postseason berth since 2015, have a bye next week before opening their District 13-6A slate against an undefeated Grand Oaks team Oct. 30.

College Park defeated Cinco Ranch to open the season and suffered its only loss against Arlington Martin the following week. The latter was a last-minute replacement game after the Cavaliers’ original opponent, Bryan, had to cancel because of COVID-19 issues within their program.

“We had four non-district games, which gave us an opportunity to play more kids, evaluate more kids, evaluate ourselves as coaches — scheme and different things,” College Park coach Lonnie Madison said. “So I feel really good about it. We played a good Arlington Martin team that’s ranked 11th in the state, and that was a challenge, and that was good for us as well. I feel good about where we’re at, but we’ve got to keep working.”

Kingwood, meanwhile, has lost six consecutive games dating back to last season. The Mustangs are 0-4 for the first time since 2010. The team begins District 21-6A play at C.E. King next Friday night.

College Park took control of the contest right out of the gates. Quarterback Ty Buckmon connected with Alex Brigman on touchdown passes of 21 and 38 yards, respectively, in the opening quarter.

The Cavaliers tacked on three more touchdowns in the second period. Cody Mladenka hauled in a 12-yard jump ball from Buckmon, Dylon DeAngelo scored on a 3-yard run, and Conner Dunphy found a wide-open Brigman for a 25-yard connection. Those scores gave College Park a commanding 34-0 lead with six minutes to play before halftime.

“I think we’re definitely starting to build some momentum on offense,” said Brigman, who finished with six catches for 135 yards. “We didn’t do too well in the game against Martin, but after that, we started working a lot harder, and we started doing some different things. We’re getting a lot better, and we’re just trying to change up our offense a little bit. It’s doing a lot better.”

Buckmon completed 11 of 16 passes for 186 and three scores. He now has 11 touchdown passes this year. Dylon DeAngelo paced the rushing attack with 93 yards on 18 carries.

“My offensive coordinators, Chip Ehlert and Coach (Mike) Brown are doing a really nice job with the scheme,” Madison said. “An effective run game will also open up the pass game, so the linemen, the running backs, everybody working together is opening up those opportunities.”

The only highlight for Kingwood came with less than two minutes remaining in the second quarter as Jonathan Mendoza connected with Jack Dugas for a 38-yard touchdown pass.

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