The Celtics won two of three games to extend their winning streak to six games.
But when the streak ended Saturday, it did not mean life the night before.
With the Celtics at their home arena, Boston College was out of the playoff picture.
It was the first time since 1996 that a team won three straight games and then lost three straight to finish with four losses.
The Celtics’ 10-game winning streak ended at a time when Boston College’s win streak was only two games.
“The biggest thing, I think, is we have to go out there and play the best we can and show that we’re a team that can win,” head coach Matt Lauer said.
“If we don’t, I don’t know what we’re going to be left with.
It’s just not something we can just take for granted.
We’ve got to win every single night.”
Boston College’s winning streak came to an end after losing at Indiana on Saturday.
College basketball was not the only game on the minds of Celtics fans.
Boston’s two other losses came on the road against Syracuse and Florida.
On Saturday, the Boston Celtics lost to the Syracuse Orange, 74-67.
After that, the Celtics went into the home stretch with two games remaining against Notre Dame and Purdue.
Purdue is tied for third in the Big Ten and has the toughest remaining schedule, but the Irish have won five of their last six.
But Notre Dame, the No. 2 seed, has won seven of its last eight.
While the Celtics have not won their last two games, the Irish were without All-Big Ten guard and captain Josh Hart.
Hart was not available for comment on Saturday, but coach Kevin Ollie said he has not been given a timetable for his return.
It was a game that was not supposed to end the way it did.
During a timeout, the crowd chanted “Shoot, shoot!” as Notre Dame freshman forward Devin Williams missed a 3-pointer.
Then, in the fourth quarter, a missed 3-point attempt by freshman forward Ben McLemore with just under a minute left gave the Irish a 66-64 lead.
Notre Dame’s Tim Miles had a game-high 24 points.
Williams scored 10 of his points in the second half.
Despite Notre Dame’s lead, the Bruins took the lead for good in the final minute of the first half, and it was Notre Dame that took the last shot of the half.