BC  - Colgate Preview

BC – Colgate Preview

By Ben Neuwirth 

 

Colgate   Stats courtesy Kenpom.com Boston College
2-1 Record 4-1
0-0 Conference Record 0-0
2-1 Last Ten Games 4-1
173 KenPom Ranking 78
102.6 Offensive Rating 106.9
103.5 Defensive Rating 98.9
70.1 Pace 72.8
Projected Starting Five
Francisco Amiel PG Ky Bowman
Sean O’Brien SG Jerome Robinson
Will Rayman SF Jordan Chatman
Jordan Swopshire PF Deontae Hawkins
Dana Batt C Nik Popovic

 

The Boston College Eagles host the Colgate Raiders, Wednesday November 22nd in Conte Forum. This is the Eagles 1st game back since a 3rd place finish in the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun.

 

Run the Raiders off the Three Point Line

Colgate sports 3 lethal shooters in their starting lineup, Sean O’Brien, Will Rayman and Jordan Swopshire, each of these players shot over 5 threes a game last year hitting them at clips upward of 37%. Three point makes and percentage were the only offensive categories in which Colgate finished in the top 100, if the Eagles can deny their shooters looks from downtown, the Raiders’ offense should collapse.

 

See What You Have in the Bench

The first 5 games of the season have been illuminating in several ways. Steffon Mitchell has been a 2 way terror, out hustling other players and playing like a graduate senior, the actual graduate senior Teddy Hawkins fits like a glove in the Boston College offense and has been a game changer defensively but other fans and Coach Jim Christian haven’t gotten a good chance to evaluate BC’s other new arrivals, freshman Luca Kraljevic, Avery Wilson and Vin Baker Jr. The Eagles have been going only 7 deep during pressure minutes so far, that can’t hold through the injuries and fatigue of conference season, we need to see which one of these new guys can step up and handle a bigger role.

 

Keep Jerome Rolling

Jerome Robinson had his best game of the young season against La Salle last Sunday, scoring 25 points on 8-14 shooting. Ky Bowman seems to be especially focusing on his facilitating and defense this year, leaving a large chunk of the scoring up to Robinson, particularly when his partner hits the pine. It was good to see him shake off the rust of the previous few games, his issue seems to have been with finishing not any other physical or mental maladies. Against an inferior opponent, I’d love to see ‘Rome flash back to his dominant self we’ve seen the last 2 years.

 

Prediction:

BC 88 Colgate 70

Anything less than a blowout would be disappointing for BC as Colgate did play UConn to a dead heat in the opening game but the 2nd half saw the Raiders falter and they clearly aren’t at the talent level of a power 5 school. Once again the thing to look for in this contest will be the play of the young guys, particularly Kraljevic and Wilson. We need to know if these guys can contribute when it starts to count.