Boston College

Last season: 9-23, lost last 15 games.

Nickname: Eagles.

Coach: Jim Christian.

Conference: ACC.

Who’s gone: Graduate transfers Mo Jeffers and Connar Tava, along with A.J. Turner, were three of the five players — and the only big men — who started more than seven games for BC. They accounted for more than 14 rebounds per game on a team that already struggled to rebound.

Who’s back: G Ky Bowman (14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists). After making the ACC’s all-freshman team, the 6-foot-1 guard forms one-half of what Christian thinks could be the best backcourt in the conference. G Jerome Robinson (18.7, 3.9, 3.4) was the leading scorer last year. G Jordan Chatman was the third-leading scorer (8.6 points) despite coming off the bench in all but seven games.

Who’s new: Graduate transfer Deontae Hawkins was the leading scorer on an Illinois State team that won 28 games and tied Wichita State for the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title last year.

The Skinny: Boston College hasn’t finished above .500 since 2011. Christian will need to show improvement over the team that went 2-16 in the ACC last year to get a fifth season.


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