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A Look At Boston College

January 11, 2011
NCAA Basketball

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Rank and Records NCSU   BC
RPI #92   #32
Strength of Schedule #219   #34
Overall 11-4   12-4
Conference 1-0   2-0
Home 8-1   7-2
Away 0-2   2-1
Top 25 0-2   0-0
RPI Top 50 0-4   1-2

 

Scouting Report (courtesy KenPom.com)

Stats include games through Monday, January 10
against D-I teams only

Category Offense Defense D-I Avg
Adj. Efficiency: 121.5 3 103.4 211 100.7
Adj. Tempo: 65.0 290 67.7
Four Factors
Effective FG%: 57.5 4 50.4 216 48.9
Turnover %: 17.0 19 17.6 310 20.8
Off. Reb. %: 31.3 224 33.4 201 32.7
FTA/FGA: 33.7 263 26.2 11 38.1
Miscellaneous Components
3P%: 40.1 21 34.1 164 34.3
2P%: 55.6 8 50.0 236 47.6
FT%: 73.1 54 70.8 263 68.6
Block%: 8.7 135 7.1 257 9.2
Steal%: 7.0 9 8.0 272 9.6
Style Components
3PA/FGA: 43.2 14 37.6 290 33.0
A/FGM: 60.8 41 51.3 109 54.2
Defensive Fingerprint: Some Zone    
Point Distribution (% of total points)
3-Pointers: 37.2 13 32.2 52 27.4
2-Pointers: 45.2 314 52.3 151 51.6
Free Throws: 17.7 304 15.5 327 21.1
Strength of Schedule
Components: 103.6 52 96.5 14 100.7
Overall: .6940 29 .5000
Non-conference: .6586 57 .5000
Personnel
Bench Minutes: 27.3% 278 31.9%
Experience: 2.20 yrs 39 1.72
Effective Height: +0.5 144 0.0
Average Height: 77.1" 107 76.6"

As you can see from the KenPom scouting report, the Eagles have been wickedly efficient on offense this season so far. They're averaging nearly a point-and-a-quarter each trip down the floor–scary good.

But then you look at their two head-scratching losses against Ivy-league foes Harvard and Yale and ask yourself, "OK, so what gives?"

Further, what you doing losing those games when you're beating Maryland on the road and Georgia Tech to start the season 2-0?

If I'm Sidney Lowe, perhaps I'm scrambling to install some cutting, backdoor principles on offense, even under threat of excommunication for running anything similar to the stuff He Whom Shall Not Be Named ran when he was here.

On second thought, let's be thankful he's not. 

No, the plan of attack will likely be the usual: shut down the best opposing player and take it from there. In this case, that would be Mr. November-May, Reggie Jackson. He leads the team in scoring among several other categories and is the catalyst for that oh-so-efficient offense.

If State can largely keep Jackson in check, it should make life much easier on defense.

Let's also hope the tremendous rebounding performances continue. The Wake Forest game was a clinic on how snagging offensive boards and defensive ones alike can really swing the pendulum in your favor. I don't expect we'll see AS strong a performance tonight as we did against the Deacs, but it gives me hope we might not get dominated any more like we once were.

It's a long trek northward to face a team on a relatively short turnaround (Sat.>Tues.), but barring any weather issues I can't see why the Pack can't come out strong and set the tone early for a crucial road win. This game–and the FSU game that follows it–are perhaps the two biggest games in the young season so far.

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