Boston College Eagles (10-5, 1-0 ACC)
Losses: to Maine, Harvard, St. Jo's, Rhode Island, Northern Iowa
Inexplicable how they could beat teams like that, and yet lose to horribly weak teams like Harvard and Maine. Rhode Island I can forgive, St. Jo's I can forgive, but not Ivy league when youre in the ACC. Kenpom currently projects BC to finish 6-10 in the ACC, which seems about right to me given their inconsistency so far. They rebound very well, but the rest of the statistics are not imposing considering the competition faced. Clemson averages more PPG, better defensive PPG and shooting percentage and forces far more turnovers than the Eagles.
|PPG||73.5||9th ACC||104th Nationally|
|Assists per game||16.3||5th||32|
|Rebounds per game (offensive)||14.6||2nd||25|
Also, BC shoots only 32% from the arc. But as you can see, they follow their shots. Offensively they are led by 6'8 Forward Joe Trapani (15.2ppg, 7 Reb) and 6'6" Forward Corey Raji (13.3ppg, 7.3 Reb). Much of their lineup will fit the G-F or F-C positions, with tough hard nosed defense. What BC will do best at is trying to slow down the pace of this game and force Clemson to run a half-court offense. I expect a physical basketball game with a slower tempo than what Clemson would prefer.
But considering we've got UNC next week at home, this is essentially a must-win situation. If we fall to 0-3 in the ACC we'll be behind the 8-ball bigtime.
|PPG Allowed||63.1||9th ACC||69th Nationally|
|Assists per game||10.5||4||44|
|Rebounds per game (defensive)||25.6||8th||69|
|FG Pct allowed||41.5||11||118|
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