Head Coach: Jim Christian
Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
Mascot: Baldwin the Eagle
Last time out: Lost to Providence
Typical Rotation Depth: 7+
Line: Nebraska by 3.5
As you can see BC has been hitting the offensive boards this year...something the Huskers have been giving up.
Tempo: Shoot quickly, slow down offenses (BC will run 1-2-2 off of some made baskets/FTs)
Style: Man-to-Man defense, motion offense, not a lot of 3s.
Shirt not to wear: Maroon, Gold, Anything with a bird on it
Impress your friends fact: Miles went 6-3 vs Christian when they both coached int the MWC (Miles at Col St, Christian at TCU)
Impress your friends fact: Former Husker assistant Scott Spinelli (under Collier) is now at BC. He quit to go to Wichita St about 3 months before Collier did.
Player to watch: Deontae Hawkins
The grad transfer from Illinois St was highly sought after during the summer as he's basically Vitto Brown lite. This is the guy who will give Nebraska fits as the 6-8 220 Sr is capable of scoring inside and outside while routinely dominating the boards for the Eagles.
Injuries: Roby: ankle (doubtful), Allen: butt hurt (probable)
Seems like Roby won't play in this one unless Miles gets so sick and tired that he tries to rush him back. Allen is mostly recovered from his tail bone injury that some in our group like to describe in a different way.
The Skinny: The L.E.W.I.S. influenced ball movement has the Husker offense generating assists like nothing we've seen in the Miles era. Even when the ball isn't dropping the ball is still being shared. Can this new Husker offense generate points against elite defenses? We probably won't have the answer tonight as Boston College doesn't field an elite defense...no bevy of shot blockers to discourage the Huskers from making their way into lane or anything like that. Look for Nebraska to continue their competent shooting with the ability to earn points at the FT line available.
Defensively is where you need to wonder about Nebraska for this game. Boston College hasn't been that good of a shooting team but have made up for it with volume due to offensive rebounding. Long Beach St absolutely torched Nebraska in the paint on Sunday after the loss of Roby and the foul troubles of Jordy/Dube left them seriously undermanned. Can Copeland play the 5 for this team in a pinch? He's going to need to if we can't get more than 20 minutes out of our centers. It will be interesting how much we dial back our aggressiveness in the fast break in order to protect our rim with guards.
At the end of day I think/hope the Huskers have enough here at home offensively to make it past Boston College.
Prediction: Nebraska 77 - Boston College 72