Commonwealth Classic

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Commonwealth Classic
Sport Men's basketball
First meeting 1995
Latest meeting 2014
Statistics
Meetings total 19
All-time series Boston College 10–9

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 19 times, with BC leading the series 10-9.

History[edit]

The Commonwealth Classic
Boston College
(10 wins)
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
UMass
(9 wins)
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 1998
  • 1999
  • 2007
  • 2011
  • 2013
  • 2014

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 in 2013 as a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off. UMass won the 2013 game by a score 86-73[6] and the 2014 game by a score of 71-62.[7]

Results[edit]

Boston College victories UMass victories
Date Location Winner Score Notes
BC UM
January 26, 1979 Boston, MA Boston College 82 70
December 29, 1990 Boston, MA UMass 81 83
December 9, 1995 Boston, MA UMass 57 65
January 18, 1997 Boston, MA UMass 78 90
December 14, 1997 Boston, MA UMass 57 65
December 12, 1998 Worcester, MA UMass 45 75
December 4, 1999 Chestnut Hill, MA UMass 67 74
December 17, 2000 Amherst, MA Boston College 74 65
December 8, 2001 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 80 78
December 7, 2002 Amherst, MA Boston College 80 62
December 6, 2003 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 76 75
January 2, 2005 Amherst, MA Boston College 67 48
January 3, 2006 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 91 62
December 2, 2006 Amherst, MA Boston College 84 73
December 12, 2007 Chestnut Hill, MA UMass 80 83
December 6, 2008 Amherst, MA Boston College 85 81
December 23, 2009 Chestnut Hill, MA Boston College 79 67
December 4, 2010 Boston, MA Boston College 76 71
November 11, 2011 Chestnut Hill, MA UMass 46 82
November 10, 2013 Boston, MA UMass 73 86
November 16, 2014 Boston, MA UMass 62 71

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