Boston College Basketball Preview '08-09

JB McCandlesCorrespondent IAugust 26, 2008

Over the past few years Boston College Basketball has been amazing. With the exception of last year, the teams have been dominant teams.

These teams were great because of leadership and experience. Tyrese Rice follows in the footsteps of Craig Smith, Jared Dudley, Sean Marshall, and Troy Bell. Tyrese Rice is different than all these players. Although he learned how to lead a team from these guys, Tyrese is still very different.

Boston College's senior class this year is Tyrese Rice. The six-foot point guard from Virginia is one of the greats to wear the BC gold and maroon. He led the team in scoring last season with 19.4 points per game as a junior.

Tyrese is entering his senior year, a year where he wants to make a statement for NBA scouts. Tyrese has the potential. Just like Jared Dudley and Craig Smith, Rice is a hard-nosed ball player who can shoot the lights out, jump out of the gym, and take a game over single-handedly.

Boston College is returning two starters from last year. Tyrese Rice of course, and sophomore guard/forward Rakim Sanders, who has the potential to be even greater than Rice ever was.

BC also brings back much experience from a bad season a year ago with the likes of an incredible sophomore class: Sanders, Biko Paris, Josh Southern, Courtney Dunn, Cory Raji, and Joe Trappini. All six of these players could mean that BC will be an incredible team for the next three years.

The Senior class for next year won't be any better: Tyler Roche. He experienced moderate playing time, but doesn't have the leadership skills of Rice. This team will be great, but lack leadership next year.

The incoming freshman class includes Reggie Jackson, Dallas Elmore, and Evan Ravenel. Jackson and Elmore should see substantial playing time their first year. Jackson could even grab a starting role at shooting guard.

Al Skinner has great talent this year and I think BC will have one of its better years in program history. BC won't win a national title this year or next year, but they will go deep. However, when Sanders is a senior, BC will win the National Championship Game.

Al Skinner will run this team with perfection on offense as always and as usual they will be gritty on "D". But if I could add any player to this team from the past, it would be Sean Marshall.

Marshall was an emotional leader who hit a lot of big shots for BC in his time. Marshall set the tone for BC that they weren't going to take any crap from anyone. For example, when he screamed in the face of an all-American point guard, JJ Redick.

The schedule for BC isn't bad. They should be able to breeze through the non-conference undefeated pending the NIT season tip off. The ACC schedule is in their favor. They play UNC, Duke, and Clemson only once time each.

Their main challenge is playing Virginia Tech and Miami, home and away.

This could be a very successful season for BC with the schedule, however they may not get a good seeding in the tourney because of it. The ACC Tournament decides BC's seed.

The Schedule

Nov. 14 vs. Central Connecticut

Nov. 17 vs. Loyola (NIT Season Tip Off)

Nov. 18 vs. St. John's/ Cornell (NIT Season Tip Off)

Nov. 22 @ St. Louis

Nov. 24-28 NIT Season Tip Off, Games TBA

Dec. 2 vs. Iowa (Big 10/ ACC Challenge)

Dec. 6 @ UMass

Dec. 10 vs. Bryant

Dec. 14 vs. South Carolina Upstate

Dec. 20 vs. Providence

Dec. 23 vs. Maine

Dec. 29 vs. San Fransico

Dec. 31 vs. Sacred Heart

Jan. 4 @ UNC

Jan. 7 vs. Harvard

Jan. 10 vs. Miami

Jan. 14 vs. Wake Forest

Jan. 17 @ Virginia Tech

Jan. 20 @ Georgia Tech

Jan. 24 vs. NC State

Jan. 27 @ Maryland

Jan. 31 vs. Virginia Tech

Feb. 4 @ Virginia

Feb. 8 @ Wake Forest

Feb. 10 vs. Clemson

Feb. 15 vs. Duke

Feb. 21 @ Miami

Feb. 25 Florida State

Mar. 4 @ NC State

Mar. 7 Georgia Tech

Mar 12-15 ACC Championship

My early prediction is 20 to 25 wins and 11 to 14 ACC wins.


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