Along with playing at the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden with Indiana, UConn, and Washington, head men’s basketball coach Steve Donahue shared other plans for BC’s non-conference schedule next season. The Eagles will play at USC, at Auburn, and will likely open the year at Providence. The team will also play at Harvard.
“To be honest, we’re going to play Harvard at Harvard,” Donahue said. “I just think it’s a good road game and they’re a great team and it just makes sense to play a home-and-home against a team of their caliber.”
There are also tentative plans to play VCU at Barclays after Christmas, which Donahue described as a “great challenge,” but he said that contract isn’t signed yet. There are also plans to play UMass at TD Garden.
“The schedule is going to be lightyears betters than it has been, and it’ll be pretty challenging,” Donahue said.Donahue on the health of center Dennis Clifford
“He’s going through a procedure. I’m not a doctor, but a part of it is shots that are done once a week for three consecutive weeks. We’re ending it this week. He hasn’t been going live, basketball-wise. He’s been doing more strength and conditioning as part of this thing, but we’re hoping and the doctors are telling us that this is something he’s going to be through and he’s going to be all right. That’s what we’re hoping happens.”On if the team will use more of the press seen in the ACC Tournament next year
“Absolutely. I think you’ll see us go ten deep next year with the addition of Alex Dragicevich, Garland Owens, and Darryl Hicks, those three in particular with everyone else back, we can do more things than we’ve done in my two years with this group. Full court defense, more pressure, changing defenses, playing faster, all of those things.”On the decision not to play in a postseason tournament like the CBI
“I just thought, and I still think, that it was the right thing to play without a postseason. I think the postseason for teams is a reward for having really good season, really special seasons. I don’t think we had a real special season. Would it have helped us? Maybe, but I just don’t think that you reward – it’s just my gut that I want to be rewarded for a great regular season by playing in the postseason. I just didn’t feel that was us this year.”On improving the team’s road performance
“No one really wins consistently on the road at this level, it’s just really hard. We’ve got to somehow get our share, and I think we’re close. I think you’ll see that, and that’s one of the reasons I want to play more road games right from the start. Play as many road games as you can. One, it helps you in the RPI, and two, I think it prepares you for the league.”On the progress Joe Rahon and Olivier Hanlan can make this summer
“I think they both have great room to improve. Different aspects for each of them. I think the thing you’ll see with Olivier is his overall strength will continue to improve so you’ll see him as a better finisher, but also his floor game. He’s got to be a better distributor, better at running the team, and I think you’ll see that. Joe I think is someone that will work on his foot speed and his quickness to the basket, shooting, and I think you’ll see his floor game improve. I think you’ll see his confidence and his poise and even get better.
I don’t think [Rahon] got enough credit for what he did this year, probably, because of what Olivier did getting Rookie of the Year. I thought Joe definitely deserved first team all-rookie.”On if he thinks Rahon can make an all-defense team
“Yes, I think he’s a kid that people will start respecting as a great defender. I think he’s a good defender now. He guards so many different positions because of his strength and his smarts. I think he’s an all-league type of guard. He works really hard at it, he’s going to improve, he’s got great experience already, as he gets older I think people will start to understand what a great player he is.”