Is Boston College Basketball Back?

JB McCandlesCorrespondent IJanuary 28, 2009

Questions surround Boston College basketball everyday.

Is BC in a rebuilding year?

Is BC basketball back this year?

Will BC's underclassmen match the talent of Dudley, Marshall, and Smith?

Boston College defeated Maryland last night 76-67. Boston College probably played their best half of basketball in the second half last night. They outscored Maryland 47 to 27. 

BC was able to defeat Maryland with balanced scoring and solid play from their big man Josh Southern. 

So, is BC in a rebuilding year? Some say so, but I beg to differ. BC doesn't have a single freshman in the starting lineup. BC essentially returned all five starters from the end of last year's season and Joe Trapani would've started had it not been for the transfer rules. 

It's safe to say that if Rice continues to score, assist, and steal at this rate he could be considered an All-American candidate. 

BC has to win this year. There isn't any guarantee that they will be better next year without Rice.  But with that being said, everyone has stepped their game up nicely this year. 

BC basketball isn't back yet—not the way they played the first half last night. A few years ago that would've never happened to a BC team. If BC can become consistent, they will be a tough team to beat. 

Remember, BC blew early leads against Miami, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State. They also blew a late lead to Georgia Tech. If BC can figure away to maintain leads and play like they did in the second half against Maryland they will be a tough team to overcome.

BC basketball is back if Southern continues to play like he did against Maryland. BC will get the scoring from Rice, Trapani, Jackson, Sanders, and Raji. Combine that with limited turnovers BC will be back this year.

My prediction is that they are on their way right now, but they still are not there yet. 

I think that BC's sophomore class could go down as one of the best classes in school history. If they continue to improve and play the way they are now, they could be a deadly team in a few years.

Sanders could easily be the next Jared Dudley when you compare them inch for inch. Joe Trapani is by far the most talented of the class. He leads the team in rebounding and is second in scoring. Corey Raji provides BC with grit and excellent offensive rebounding. He has shown the ability to score, but has been plagued by a groin injury this season.

Josh Southern has been by far the most improved player this season for the Eagles. Al Skinner knew Southern was going to be a key part this year. He has really stepped up nicely. He hasn't tried to do too much, but at the same time I would like to see he try to score on the post a little more. 

I think that BC can be a contender this year in the ACC and if the underclassmen continue to develop at this rate they should be better next year, when Reggie Jackson assumes the starting point guard duties for Rice.

Jackson is a good looking freshman. He has the ability to shoot and drive. He has also shown great defensive abilities. 

I would say that BC is solid the next two years, making the NCAA tourney. The third year will be BC's best team in school history. That year I predict BC to break the school record in team wins (28)—and possibly win the ACC tournament for the first time in school history.