13. Boston College (6-3, 0-1)
These Eagles have now been members of the ACC for nearly two decades, but it’s clear that the glory days of this program are long in the past. Basketball hasn’t been pretty at Boston College for the most part in recent years and that has continued under head coach Earl Grant, who is now in his third season with this program. It’s been six years since Boston College finished a season over .500 and they’ve been an afterthought in this conference, but are things trending upwards?
Boston College got this season off to a 4-0 start, albeit not against the strongest competition in the world. Their impressive performance of the first month was an 18-point road win at Vanderbilt in late November, though this Commodores team looks really rough this season. The Eagles do have a pair of true road wins already and came up just short against Loyola Chicago at the Hall of Fame Classic before an overtime loss to NC State in their first conference game.
So far, the Eagles have won the games they’re supposed to win, have challenged in other opportunities, and lost by double-digits to a very strong Colorado State squad. On the surface it’s difficult to be disappointed, especially with how Quinten Post and other younger pieces have been playing. It’s been more than a decade since Boston College won 20 games or finished above .500 in ACC play and those sound like great goals in the short-term for this program; we’ll just have to see if they can exceed expectations this season.