In addition to 16 challenging league games, the Boston College men's basketball team will participate in the 2008 NIT Season Tip-Off and host Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, according to the schedule released by the school and the conference office.
The Eagles will also face two New England rivals - playing at Massachusetts on Dec. 6 and hosting Providence College on Dec. 20.
"This is a challenging schedule for our team and an exciting one for our fans," BC director of athletics Gene DeFilippo said. "From the preseason NIT through our ACC schedule, our team will be tested."
The Eagles open the season against Central Connecticut on Nov. 14, before meeting Loyola-Md. on Nov. 17 in the first round of the 2008 NIT Season Tip-Off. Boston College is one of four host sites for the 16-team tournament. St. John's and Cornell will meet in the other opening-round game in Conte Forum.
Boston College will open its road slate at Saint Louis on Nov. 22. The Billikens, which dropped a 61-39 decision in Conte Forum last winter, will host the Eagles in their new arena, Chaifetz Arena. BC then resumes play with two more contests in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The dates and sites of these two games will be determined by the results of the Nov. 17-18 games. The two first-round winners (and losers) will meet on Nov. 18.
BC will play seven of its eight December games in Conte Forum. The Eagles begin the month with a Dec. 2 home date against Iowa in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. After traveling to Massachusetts, BC returns home for six contests, including Providence and San Francisco (Dec. 29). This year's meeting with San Francisco will mark just the second-ever game between the two Jesuit schools. BC defeated the Dons, 70-66, in the first round of the 1982 NCAA Tournament in Dallas, Texas.
BC opens the new year with its first league contest - a nationally-televised game at North Carolina on Jan. 4. The Eagles then host Harvard on Jan. 7 to close out the non-league portion of their slate, before beginning a streak of 15 consecutive league games.
With the ACC schedule, the number of home games matches the number of road games each month. BC has four home ACC games in January, three home dates in February and one final Conte Forum contest in March. The Eagles will conclude the regular season with Senior Day festivities on March 7 against Georgia Tech.
The 56th annual ACC Tournament will be held in Atlanta's Georgia Dome from March 12-15.