Boston College (20-12) took a severe blow to its dreams of obtaining an at-large NCAA Tournament bid on Friday afternoon following its blow out loss against Clemson.
The Eagles have now lost to the Tigers twice this season, giving Clemson a slight advantage in terms of obtaining a bid to the big dance, according to Chris Dobbertean's latest Bracketology update on SB Nation.
In the ACC, fourth-seeded Clemson defeated No. 5 Boston College for the second time in two tries this season, giving the Tigers an edge over the Eagles in terms of a bid, especially given the 23-point margin of this afternoon's win. Here's how the two teams' profiles compare, thanks to data from BBState.com.
Record: 21-10, 10-7 ACC
Record vs. RPI Top 50: 3-5
Record vs. RPI Top 100: 9-6
Bad (RPI 150+) Losses: None
Quality Wins: Boston College (twice), Florida State, Virginia Tech
Problematic Losses: at Maryland, at N.C. State, at Virginia, at South Carolina
Record: 20-12, 9-8 ACC
Record vs. RPI Top 50: 1-6
Record vs. RPI Top 100: 5-11
Bad (RPI 150+) Losses: Yale
Quality Wins: Texas A&M (neutral), Virginia Tech (twice)
Problematic Losses: Harvard, at Florida State, Clemson (twice), Miami (twice)
Both teams appear to be in trouble because of their losses, but Clemson gets a slight edge because of their performance against the top 100. The Eagles got nearly as many opportunities as the Tigers, but didn't take advantage of them.
Much like Georgia and Alabama, these two ACC teams will continue to create plenty of discussion between now and Sunday evening.
It is still possible that the Eagles' could hear their name called on Selection Sunday 2011, but the loss on Friday means its more likely that Boston College will be playing in the NIT Tournament instead of the NCAA Tournament.