Is the cold war over between Boston College and UConn?
At least for one game it will be when No. 18 UConn (4-0) plays Boston College (1-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the first semifinal of the 2K Sports Classic. Indiana and Washington playing the nightcap at 9 p.m. The winning and losing teams will play Friday.
For the Huskies and Eagles, it will be the 90th time the schools have met, but the first since 2005. The rivalry came to a halt after BC jumped to the Atlantic Coast Conference and former coach Jim Calhoun vowed never to play the Eagles again.
“It’s a great team right in our region here and we had a lot of wars in the Big East,” UConn Kevin Ollie said during Monday’s conference call. “I remember a lot of them when I played at the University of Connecticut. We’d like to rekindle that rivalry again.”
BC coach Steve Donahue did not take part in the conference call. In a Boston Globe article several years ago, former BC athletic director Gene DeFilippo admitted the Eagles helped block UConn from moving to the ACC as well.
During his time playing at UConn, Ollie’s teams were 8-0 against BC. The Huskies are 54-35 all-time in the series and have won 28 of the past 31 meetings.
“We were down 29 or 30, I may be exaggerating, I get that from Coach Calhoun, and we came back,” Ollie said about his most memorable moment of the series. “I remember that game vividly. We always had some tough battles. I love the challenge Boston College presents every game.”