Friday, February 18, 2005

Big build up for 'Cuse

Although no longer undefeated, BC is finally getting attention. Lots of it. Great article from’s Pat Forde. He calls BC “the school that hype forgot…” He also goes on to praise Gene D, the football program and our overall athletic department.’s Seth Davis selected the Syracuse-BC game as his featured game of the week. Seth likes BC. Here’s my take:

BC on offense: While we are hot from the outside of late, I still think the key is breaking down the zone and getting good shots close to the basket. Craig Smith needs to get out of his funk and Jared Dudley should be creating inside, not bombing away from outside. Let’s hope Sean Marshall continues his hot streak.

BC on defense: Like all Syracuse opponents I worry about Gerry McNamara. We had trouble guarding perimeter against ND. Expect Syracuse to exploit that weakness. If McNamara is hot, it could be a long night. Not as concerned about Warrick. He is a great player and will kill Nate or Smith in a matchup. I think Al will put Sean Williams on him. Williams is an offensive liability, but is a perfect match for Warrick. If Al doesn’t increase Sean’s time, I think Dudley will get the assignment.

Pick: BC wins, 64-57. The last time Syracuse came to BC for an important event it turned into a total meltdown. There is less at stake in this game, but I would still like a little revenge.

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