Commonwealth Classic

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Commonwealth Classic
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The Commonwealth Classic, also known as Commonwealth Cup[1] or Governor's Cup (for the trophy awarded to the victor of the game),[2] is the title of a basketball rivalry between Boston College and the University of Massachusetts. The name refers to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the New England state in which both universities are located. The game has been played a total of 18 times, with BC leading the series 10-8.

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History[edit]

The first game between the two schools occurred December 8, 1905. Since then, UMass and BC have played each other irregularly over the course of their in-state rivalry. In 1995, the basketball rivalry was officially designated as the "Commonwealth Classic" by then-Massachusetts Governor William Weld and members of the Massachusetts General Court who were among the nearly 20,000 spectators to watch the game at the new FleetCenter (now the TD Banknorth Garden). It was the first college basketball game played in the new arena. The first game holds the record for college basketball attendance in New England. The series had been held annually since 1995, until Boston College suspended the series in 2012.[3]

UMass Dominance in the 1990s[edit]

The 1990s were the best decade of UMass Minutemen Basketball as the Minutemen went to the 1996 Final Four and went 6-0 in the decade against Boston College. Their longest winning streak ever against their cross-state rivals.

BC Dominance in the 2000s[edit]

After going 0-6 against UMass in the 90's, BC has bounced back and won the first seven games in the 2000s, going 7-0. This streak was snapped on December 12, 2007 when UMass edged BC 83-80.

2010s[edit]

The 2010 game, won by Boston College, was played at the TD Garden at a part of the Boston Tip-Off Classic.[1] After UMass routed Boston College 82-46 in 2011 in Chestnut Hill,[4] BC ended the annual series in 2012.[5] After a year hiatus, the rivalry was renewed for 2013-2014 season for the Coaches vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off, with UMass winning 86-73.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Massachusetts Media Guide (PDF)
  2. ^ Boston Globe coverage of the 2006 Commonwealth Cup
  3. ^ http://boston.sbnation.com/boston-college-eagles/2012/4/18/2956812/boston-college-basketball-umass-schedule-2012-2013-acc-a10-news.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Associated Press. "UMass 82, Boston College 46". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  5. ^ ESPNBoston.com. "BC bows out of hoop game with UMass". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26. 
  6. ^ Associated Press. "Chaz Williams' big 2nd half leads UMass past Boston College". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2013-11-26.