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BC men’s basketball sets new schedule

The Boston College men’s basketball team taps off its 2013-14 season with a road trip to Providence Nov. 8, followed by a clash two days later on the parquet floor at TD Garden against the University of Massachusetts in the Coaches vs. Cancer Boston Tip-Off.

The Garden showdown is part of a tripleheader that includes Boston University vs. Northeastern and Harvard vs. Holy Cross.

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That’s just the start of a challenging, 31-game regular-season slate for third-year coach Steve Donahue and his Eagles.

It features the traditional Atlantic Coast Conference matchups against Duke and North Carolina, along with home-and-home series against newcomers Notre Dame and Syracuse.

But BC (16-17 in 2012-13) will also take on Connecticut for the first time since 2005, facing the Huskies at Madison Square Garden in the championship round of the 2K Sports Classic Nov. 21, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Eagles will battle Virginia Commonwealth in the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival Dec. 28, and then cross the Charles to take on Harvard, likely a preseason Top 25 squad, on New Year’s Day.

BC returns its top five scorers from a year ago, headlined by sophomore guard Olivier Hanlan (15.4 ppg).

The home opener at Conte Forum is Nov. 14 against Toledo in the first round of the 2K Sports Classic.

The Eagles will host just four nonconference games, their lowest total since the 1996-97 season.

Craig Larson can be reached at clarson@globe.com.
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