Donahue says BC welcomes UConn series, too

If the coaches have a say, then the once frosty relationship between Boston College and UConn could be heating up.

The first step in the repair process starts when the No. 18 Huskies (4-0)  play BC (1-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the first semifinal of the 2K Sports Classic. Indiana and Washington play the nightcap at 9 p.m., with the winners and losers meeting Friday.

A day after UConn coach Kevin Ollie voiced support for the series retuning, BC coach Steve Donahue echoed a similar desire to resume it during a Tuesday morning conference call.

“I would love to play the game, I talked to Kevin about it,” Donahue said. “It makes sense we play each other. I have great respect for what they have accomplished in basketball. They are really one of the great programs in the country over the last 15 years.”

Donahue said in talking to fans over the past six months many expressed they were glad the schools were playing once again.

“Going around and talking, it’s obviously something that really excites our fan base,” said Donahue, who is a newcomer to the rivalry in his fourth season at BC. “There’s no doubt.”

The Eagles come off their first win of the season Sunday night when they beat Florida Atlantic 82-79 behind 38 points from guard Olivier Hanlan.;

William Paxton