Eye of the Hurricane

March 4, 2008

Men’s B-Ball vs. Boston College

Filed under: Uncategorized — hcumphrey @ 5:54 pm

Yesterday, junior B.C. guard Tyrese Rice was named the A.C.C. co-player of the week after scoring 30.5 points per game in two games last week. He most recently scored 46 points against stout U.N.C., and he leads B.C. in scoring (21.4 points per game). B.C.’s next highest scorer is first-year guard Rakim Sanders (11.4 points per game). Clearly, defending Rice will be Miami’s preocuppation at home tomorrow night. It’s also clear that the rest of B.C. is so meek that Rice cannot carry the team to a victory, even in his best games; U.N.C. gamely absorbed his 46 points and won 90-80. When last we saw Rice and his cohorts, B.C. beat Miami 76-66. It seemed at the time as though B.C. was primed to make a run during conference play, and one could reasonably have speculated that it marked the end of Miami’s promising season. Although the game dropped Miami from the national rankings, the team has lingered and even beaten Duke. Today, Miami has 20 wins, and B.C. has a losing record. B.C. has beaten Miami in men’s basketball 13 straight times, but it would be reckless to bet on a continuation of that streak. Jack McClinton shot 6-26 that game in Chestnut Hill. Neither he nor his team has been so erratic lately. Unlike B.C., Miami is playing for a berth in the N.C.A.A. tournament at this point in the season. The game is senior night and the final home game of the year. Rice couldn’t deliver his team a win by scoring 46 points at home, and Miami ought to be motivated enough to smother the diminutive guard tomorrow.

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