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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - JANUARY 27: A jersey to honor Gianna Bryant sits on the UConn bench before the USA Women's National Team Winter Tour 2020 game between the United States and the UConn Huskies at The XL Center on January 27, 2020 in Hartford, Connecticut. Bryant and her father, former NBA player Kobe Bryant, were killed in a helicopter crash on January 26. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

UConn women, US national team honor Kobe and Gianna Bryant

Team USA made a stop in Hartford to take on the Huskies, for whom it was said Gianna was “hellbent” on playing for.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 1/25/2020 - Former BC Basketball head coach Al Skinner and Troy Bell whose Jersey was retired today in a halftime ceremony. BC men's basketball hosts Virginia Tech in a ACC basketball game at Conte Forum. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 26BC-Virginia Tech, LOID: 9.0.1907736148.

BOSTON COLLEGE 61, VIRGINIA TECH 56

Boston College basketball honors Troy Bell with banner, victory

The school retired the No. 2 of its all-time leading scorer, then ended its four-game losing streak to get back to .500.

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots coach, talks with Nick Saban, Alabama head coach, during practice for the Senior Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Washington St. QB Anthony Gordon stands out in Senior Bowl

He led the North on three second-half TD drives while Oregon QB Justin Herbert, a likely first-round pick, shined for the South.

Connecticut's Tony Robertson, left, guards Boston College's Troy Bell as Bell loks for a teammate to pass to in the first half in Hartford, Conn., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2000. Robertson was coming off a two-game suspension. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

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Boston College men’s basketball to honor Troy Bell with retirement of his No. 2 jersey

Al Skinner, BC’s all-time winningest coach, will be on hand at Saturday’s game vs. Virginia Tech to fete Bell, the school’s all-time leading scorer (2,632 points).

NOTEWORTHY

Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

Methuen’s Dante Rivera was the MASCAC’s Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points in two wins for the Plymouth State men’s basketball team.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

From Lincoln to Lisbon, Eva George at home on the court and in the classroom

The Lincoln-Sudbury graduate is a teacher/basketball coach at the Carlucci American International School in Portugal.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Quincy’s Nicole Jorgensen is now a center of attention at Rhode Island

Under the direction of first-year coach Tammi Reiss, the 6-foot-5 senior is posting career highs in points and rebounds for the 10-7 Rams.

Connecticut Huskies Vladislav Firstov (10) in action against Sacred Heart Pioneers during an NCAA hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

College hockey notebook

Connecticut set to debut its own Beanpot-style tourney

UConn, Quinnipiac, Yale, and Sacred Heart will square off this weekend for the state’s bragging rights.

Boston College running back David Bailey (26) carries the ball against Cincinnati during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

2020 BC football schedule highlighted by visit from Clemson

The Eagles open with Syracuse at home, and will welcome ACC champion Clemson on a Friday in October.

LAWRENCE, KANSAS - JANUARY 21: Silvio De Sousa #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks picks up a chair during a brawl as the game against the Kansas State Wildcats ends at Allen Fieldhouse on January 21, 2020 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Watch: Ugly brawl breaks out at end of Kansas State-Kansas basketball game

A wild melee behind the basket that included punches, shoving and at least one player picking up a stool marred the end of the Big 12 rivalry game.

Evansville coach Walter McCarty directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kentucky in Lexington, Ky., Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Evansville coach Walter McCarty fired amid misconduct allegations

An investigation revealed additional allegations of off-court misconduct by the former Celtic.

Massachusetts coach Matt McCall reacts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against George Washington on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

It was a rough weekend for the local men’s basketball teams

Northeastern, BU, UMass, BC, and Holy Cross all suffered dispiriting losses.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, and quarterback Joe Burrow, center, hold the trophy beside safety Grant Delpit after a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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People cared about the national championship game, but those people weren’t in Boston

The odds are many of you would rather attend a poetry reading than attend a college football game.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Concord’s Alex Zafaonte stopped 72 of 73 shots in a pair of wins for the Bowdoin men’s hockey team.

Boston College's Wynston Tabbs (5) goes up for a shot between Notre Dame's John Mooney (33) and Prentiss Hubb (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Robert Franklin)

Sidelined BC guard Wynston Tabbs isn’t sitting still

As he rehabs from knee surgery, he is motivated by the memory of his late father to come back even stronger.

Worcester, MA - 1/16/2020 - Prior to the start of todayÕs basketball game at the Hart Center members of the Holy Cross menÕs basketball team during a moment of silence to reflect on the memory of Grace Rett and her teammates in the aftermath of the recent Holy Cross women's rowing tragedy in Florida. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Jim Clark, Topic: 17Holy Cross Tragedy, LOID: 9.0.1875144219

Holy Cross men’s basketball team pays tribute to fallen rower Grace Rett

A moment of silence was held to honor Rett and remember the other members of the rowing team injured in a Florida crash Wednesday.

Boston University's Trevor Zegras during an NCAA hockey game against Northern Michigan on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019 in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

College hockey notebook

BU hockey gets a boost with return of Team USA star Trevor Zegras

Zegras led the Americans in scoring at the recent World Junior Championships.

16holycross - Grace Rett, a sophomore at Holy Cross, was identified as one of the victims. (College of the Holy Cross)

Rowing teams share a special bond, and at Holy Cross, they’ll share an awful grief

Grace Rett embodied everything crew is about: dedication, hard work, a team-first attitude, and friendship.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Drive carried Melrose grad Zeke Vainer to the finish line in soccer

A three-time all-Minnesota goalie at Macalester College, 25-year Vainer now resides in Boston’s North End.

Chestnut Hill MA: 01-07-20: BC's head coach Jim Christian is pictured as the Eagles upset the defending NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The Boston College men's basketball team hosted Virginia at Conte Forum. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

Injuries are a painful reality for Boston College basketball

Coach Jim Christian makes no excuses, but there is no denying the impact on his team.

LSU finishes No. 1 in AP Top 25 poll; Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon round out top five

Tigers capped magical 15-0 season with 42-25 win over Clemson in CFP championship game on Monday night.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, and quarterback Joe Burrow, center, hold the trophy beside safety Grant Delpit after a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game against Clemson, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

College Football Playoff | LSU 42, Clemson 25

Joe Burrow throws 5 TD passes to lead LSU to national championship

The Heisman Trophy winner capped a record-setting season by routing Clemson in the playoff final.

Harvard hires Tufts’s Josh Shapiro as men’s soccer coach

Shapiro won four NCAA Division 3 championships in 10 seasons with the Jumbos.

Chestnut Hill MA: 01-12-20: The Boston College Women's Basketball team hosted Virginia at Conte Forum. During the game, the school honored late head coach Cathy Inglese (photo on scoreboard) with her four siblings, left to right, Vincent Inglese, Steven Inglese, Beth Rondo and Nancy Inglese on the court. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

Boston College honors memory of former coach Cathy Inglese

The Eagles’ winningest women’s basketball coach died in July at age 60 from injuries sustained in a fall.

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron, left, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney shake hands near the trophy after a news conference for the NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in New Orleans. Clemson is scheduled to play LSU on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONSHIP

Clemson can join elite company with a victory over LSU

Beating LSU would give the Tigers their third national title in four years, joining three others since AP began crowning champs in 1936.

Notre Dame quarterback Phil Jurkovec (15) dives over Boston College defensive back Elijah Jones (20) to pick up a first down during the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. Notre Dame defeated Boston College 40-7. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

QB Phil Jurkovec set to transfer to BC

He spent two seasons at Notre Dame but only saw the field in six games last season.

Chris Fowler, left, and Kirk Herbstreit will call the college football national championship game for ESPN on Monday.

CHAD FINN I SPORTS MEDIA

Here’s how ESPN plans to cover Monday night’s college football national championship game

The game will be presented in “MegaCast” form in a staggering 15 different versions on ESPN’s various channels and the ESPN app.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 1/10/2020 - (3rd period) UMass forward Jake Gaudet (18) scores the game winning goal for a 2-1 lead over the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Andrew Mahoney, Topic: 11BC-UMass Hockey, LOID: 9.0.1821406064.

UMass 3, BC 1

UMass hockey ends BC’s 10-game win streak

No. 10 UMass will host the rematch with the No. 4 Eagles on Saturday night.

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma reacts during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Baylor 74, UConn 58

Baylor ends No. 1 UConn's 98-game home win streak

Kim Mulkey and Baylor end another extended Connecticut run.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lynnfield’s Matt Filipe putting finishing touch on NU hockey career

The former Malden Catholic standout has his eye on Beanpot and Hockey East titles as a senior wing.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Former Fontbonne star on target with career goals in health and fitness

The state’s free-throw champion as a high school sophomore, Milton’s Rebecca Olivieri is now working on her PhD in physical therapy.

NOTEWORTHY

Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

St. Mary’s of Lynn grad Jalen Echevarria is a three-time Rookie of the Week in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Boston, MA - {iptcmtonth}/22/2019 - (2nd period) UMass Minutemen goaltender Filip Lindberg (35) turns aside a shot by Boston College Eagles forward David Cotton (17) during the second period. Boston College vs. UMass in Hockey East semifinal game at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 23Hockey East, LOID: 8.5.772022147.

College hockey notebook

BC and UMass hockey teams on a collision course this weekend

The fourth-ranked Eagles, winners of 10 straight, face the No. 10 Minutemen in a home-and-home series.

Boston College hires former Eagles captain Sean Duggan as linebackers coach

Last year, Duggan worked as a graduate assistant at Ohio State alongside new BC coach Jeff Hafley.

Chestnut Hill MA: 01-07-20: BC's Jared Hamilton (3) celebrates in the foreground after the Eagles got possesion of the ball after it went out of bounds off of a Virginia player, sealing their upset victory. Teammates CJ Felder (0) backround left, and Jay Heath (5) backround right also join in with Virginia's Justin McKoy (4, backround left) and Kihei Clark (0), also pictured. The Boston College men's basketball team hosted Virginia at Conte Forum. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff).

BOSTON COLLEGE 60, NO. 18 VIRGINIA 53

Boston College had a depleted lineup, but still managed to stun defending national champion Virginia

Jared Hamilton’s late 3-pointer helped the BC men’s basketball team to just its fourth win over a ranked opponent under coach Jim Christian.

Delay of game: National title on hold amidst 2-week wait

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was ready to get right back on the field to play for another College Football Playoff title after the Tigers’hard-fought semifinal win over Ohio State last month.

Northeastern coach Bill Coen cheers on his team during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va,, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Northeastern men’s basketball has a little bit of a problem

The undersized Huskies are having trouble defending against bigger opponents, but it’s not insurmountable.

Boston College quarterback Dennis Grosel, top, celebrates his touchdown pass to wide receiver Kobay White (9) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

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BC hires Frank Cignetti Jr. and Tem Lukabu as coordinators

Cignetti, who will run the offense, was quarterbacks coach for the Packers; Lukabu comes from the Bengals, where he coached linebackers.

Massachusetts' Sean East II (10) passes around Saint Louis' Jimmy Bell Jr., right, and Hasahn French during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

SPORTS LOG

Saint Louis edges UMass in OT

Hasahn French scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Saint Louis to an overtime victory over Massachusetts, 83-80.Hasahn French scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Saint Louis to an overtime victory over Massachusetts, 83-80.

Chestnut Hill, MA - Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond, left, and football head coach Jeff Hafley speak during a press conference at Boston College's Yawkey Athletics Center in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Monday, Dec. 16. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: JeffHafley

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Boston College athletic director Martin Jarmond aiming to put programs on a path to success

In Year 3 on the job, Jarmond has hired a new football coach and reached $105 million of a stated $150 million goal in the Greater Heights fund-raising campaign.

Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder (9) carries the ball in for a touchdown as Boston College defensive back Nolan Borgersen (5) and Boston College defensive back Mike Palmer (18) try to stop him during the first half of the Birmingham Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, in Birmingham, Ala. (Photo/Butch Dill)

Cincinnati 38, Boston College 6

With lightning threatening again, Boston College struck down by Cincinnati

Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder ran for three touchdowns and threw for one more against a hapless Eagles’ defense.

Chestnut Hill, MA - Boston College football head coach Jeff Hafley smiles at his family members during a press conference at Boston College's Yawkey Athletics Center in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Monday, Dec. 16. (Nic Antaya for The Boston Globe) Topic: JeffHafley

Boston College football notebook

New coach Jeff Hafley watches Boston College football team in person

Hafley attended Thursday’s Birmingham Bowl in Alabama, ready to get a new era underway.

Boston, MA, 09/26/2019 -- UMass Hockey Coach Greg Carvel speaks to a reporter during Hockey East college hockey media day. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Topic: Hockey East Reporter:

College hockey notebook

UMass hockey is stoked for a rematch with Denver

The teams clashed in the Frozen Four last year, and this time the Minutemen are the underdogs.

Jake Ferri (right) won two New England championships at Shawsheen.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Billerica’s Jake Ferri pinning down wins at Kent State

Wrestling remains a passion for the the Globe’s former two-time Division 1 wrestler of the year at Shawsheen Tech

Terrance Favors is a hall-of-famer at both Bedford and Becker.

CATCHING UP WITH . . .

Former Bedford star Terrance Favors back on court at Becker, as a coach

The college’s career leader in assists, the Hyde Park native is working with his mentor, Brian Gorman, for the D3 Hawks.

Georgia head coach Kirby Smart greets quarterback Jake Fromm (11) after a touchdown pass in the second half of the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football game against Baylor in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke)

Georgia 26, Baylor 14

For Georgia, redemption was sweet with a Sugar Bowl win over Baylor

After getting trampled by Texas in last year’s game, the No. 8 Bulldogs left no doubt against this Big 12 opponent from the Lone Star State.

Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (4) runs after a reception past Michigan linebacker Jordan Glasgow (29) during the first half of the Citrus Bowl NCAA college football game, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Alabama 35, Michigan 16

Jerry Jeudy, Mac Jones lead Alabama past Michigan in Citrus Bowl

Jerry Jeudy became the first Alabama player to top 200 receiving yards in a bowl game as ninth-ranked Crimson Tide topped No. 17 Michigan.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 01: Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks runs with the ball to score a 30 yard touchdown against the Wisconsin Badgers during the fourth quarter in the Rose Bowl game presented by Northwestern Mutual at Rose Bowl on January 01, 2020 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

Oregon 28, Wisconsin 27

Justin Herbert runs for three touchdowns to lead Oregon over Wisconsin in Rose Bowl

Ducks QB carries No. 7 Oregon to 28-27 victory in its third straight trip to the Rose Bowl.

Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell talks with players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Memphis, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

BC’s bowl opponent may be a team it can model itself after

Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell was thought to be a possible candidate for the Eagles job when Steve Addazio was fired.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 10 (2nd quarter) Boston College Eagles running back David Bailey (26) breaks several tackles en route to a long run for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 17-3 lead over North Carolina State. The Boston College Eagles host the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Alumni Stadium. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: 21N.C. State-BC, LOID: 9.0.1143267219.

BIRMINGHAM BOWL

BC’s David Bailey ready to burst out of AJ Dillon’s shadow

With featured running back AJ Dillon off to the NFL Draft, Bailey will take on the lead role as BC faces Cincinnati on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl.