No Winter Blues for BC Cagers and Icemen

No Winter Blues for BC Cagers and Icemen

The Eagles rank ninth in the latest weekly Associated Press poll of the nation's collegiate basketball teams, the first time since 1983 that BC has made the top 10. BC, who played at Connecticut Tuesday night and goes up against Providence at Conte Forum Saturday night, also earned an 11th-place ranking in the ESPN/USA Today poll.

Entering this week, BC had compiled an 18-2 record, its best in more than three decades. The team's resurgence has caught the eye of the national sports media, with some writers predicting a high seed for BC in the upcoming NCAA tournament.

In addition, sophomore Troy Bell was named this week as one of 15 finalists for the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year Award.

On Monday, BC defeated Boston University, 5-3, in the 49th Beanpot Hockey Tournament championship game at the FleetCenter. The Eagles snapped BU's six-year reign as Beanpot champions and claimed their first Beanpot title since 1994, and 12th overall. Sophomore forward Krys Kolanos, who scored one goal and assisted on another, won the tournament's Most Valuable Player Award. Senior goalie Scott Clemmensen earned the Eberly Award as the goalie with the best save percentage in the Beanpot.

The Eagles improved their record to 22-7-1 as they continue their quest for a fourth straight appearance in the NCAA's Frozen Four championship round.

BC's success on the court and ice comes after notable achievements this academic year by the women's cross-country team, which finished fourth in the country, and the football team, which defeated Arizona State in the Jeep Aloha Bowl.

-Sean Smith  

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