Thursday, November 25, 2010

BC dumps A&M, date with the Badgers tomorrow?

Behind Reggie Jackson's 21 points, the underdog Boston College Eagles beat the Texas A&M Aggies in a thriller in Orlando, 67-65.  They will face the winner of the Wisconsin/Manhattan game later on this afternoon, likely Wisconsin, who will most certainly not make things easy for BC.  Like the Aggies, they are a solid basketball program and will pose another strong test, should they get by Manhattan today.  As far as I see it, however, we weren't supposed to win today anyway, so the Eagles are playing with the house's money tomorrow.

Don't sell the Eagles short in this one: Texas A&M is a potential NCAA Tournament team this year.  BC didn't play a perfect game, but led wire to wire and made the shots they needed to make.  At times, the defense was shaky, but at others, it was good.  They played with energy and outside of a few stretches, played good basketball.  The Eagles' perimeter defense became a problem in the second half, as the ordinarily-cold Aggies started bombing from behind the arc.  They themselves, however, did just fine in three-point land, making 9 shots.  Rebounding was also a problem, as the Aggies dominated on the boards.  

BC is now 3-1 with the win, and hopefully this is a win that will look good down the road.  Look at it this way: this tournament is already more successful than the disastrous Paradise Jam last year.  Enjoy your Thanksgiving and we'll see you back here tomorrow for more BC basketball.

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