Thursday, December 25, 2008

A Century of Tradition: Christmas Edition

First off, Merry Christmas (and Happy Chanukah, and Happy Kwanzaa, plus other holidays I can't think of). I hope your holidays are filled with joy and plenty of good basketball.

The Terriers are enjoying their Christmas break and won't be returning to the court until December 29th, which prompts the question: What is the Terriers' record on Christmas? After some quick research, we have the answer. Drumroll please!

As it turns out, it's a trick question. BU has never played on Christmas Day, or at the very least they haven't since the university began to record dates of games in the 1950-51 season. Nor have the Terriers squared off against an opponent on Christmas Eve. That leaves us with Christmas' proverbial third wheel.

Yes, I'm talking about Boxing Day. Back in year one of the Mike Jarvis era, BU made the trip to Portland, Oregon for the 1985 Far West Classic. The Terriers would manage just a single win in their three games, but it was a good one -- a 67-56 victory against Oregon on December 26th.

Of course, BU won't be doing anything like that this season, what with the week-long gap between Delaware and Cornell, so if you want Christmas basketball your best bet is today's NBA quintuple-header. But you can always wish for a late gift. Maybe a trip to the alternate universe where Tyler Morris decides to drop 30 on the Big Red would be nice.

Enjoy yourselves, and we'll be back in a couple of days with more coverage as next Monday's game approaches.

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