Reggie puts team on his back in big win
I hope we make the tournament every year. But I think if we sneak in this year we could be very dangerous. One reason is our style can put pressure on teams that haven't faced us before. The other -- bigger -- reason as to why we could be dangerous is Reggie Jackson. He showed today that even when his teammates are struggling, he can do enough to give BC a big win. Here are my other thoughts.
-- Offensive adjustments. Teams have been playing us tight on the perimeter for weeks and we finally added some new wrinkles. Reggie backdooring. Reggie driving. Multiple dribble/drive wrinkles. It opened many more things and didn't slog the offense down with post ups on the low block.
-- Help for the 5s on defense. Every time Maryland got the ball to a big man on the low block, we sent a help defender to slow the Terps down. It was much more effective than I would have guessed and Maryland didn't kill us with passing or open looks out of the double teams.
-- Cahill! Wow. I don't expect him to be on the floor for 20 minutes per game for the rest of the season, but it was nice to see our walk-on make a difference. Donahue should send this tape to every spot shooter we recruit. If you can hit an open 3, you will love playing for BC.
-- Turnovers. we were so careful with the ball early this year. We've gotten sloppy and it is not like Maryland was great on D. BC had too many mental mistakes today.
-- Raji's clunkers. I guess you have to take the good with the bad with Corey's shooting.
The adjustments are encouraging since we will need to play much, much better against UNC to keep our bubble from bursting.