There was a moment...a moment of doubt that crept into all of our minds. You know the one I am talking about. In the final two minutes when Maryland hit a three and we followed it with a turnover. Were we about to watch BC blow another close game at home? But this time we hung on and closed out Maryland 69-58. It is our fourth ACC win (matching last season's total) and hopefully a sign of this team's growing confidence and composure. Here are my other thoughts (and as always you are encouraged to leave your own thoughts in the comments section):
-- Hanlan taking over. With most of the team having an off night, Hanlan did a little bit of everything. Down the stretch he also dominated our possessions with a lot of dribbling...and of course he made some clutch shots and free throws. He's cruising towards ACC Freshman of the Year awards.
-- Odio!!! Calling him a good energy guy or a change of pace is underselling his stellar play the past few weeks. He's a very, very good help defender. He's a good finisher and a good rebounder. Throw in some heady plays and we've got a rising star on our hands. Who would have guessed that it would be Eddie Odio who made the "leap" this year?
-- Strategy on Len. Anderson did most of the heavy lifting in guarding their big man, but our overall gameplan was solid. We doubled and also made it difficult for him to even get good positioning on his post ups.
-- Mad bombing. We've been in a bad habit of abandoning the 3 when it is not falling early. Despite missing a ton of 3s in the first half, we kept taking them. That sort of mindset is critical for a team built like us. Plus even on off nights, a 3 is a better offensive efficiency shot than a long two.
-- Anderson's offense. I applaud him for taking on Len, but he still needs to deliver on both ends. Even if he is not taking shots, he needs to be more careful with the ball and grab more rebounds.
-- The transition D. We put ourselves in a huge first half hole by allowing their marksman (Aronhalt) to get off clean looks from long range. Those are the type of careless lapses that have cost us games and make me question if the guys are learning.