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Boston College Basketball: Final Thoughts and Predictions: Central Connecticut State and Harvard

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Previewing the weekend's games

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After a solid performance in the season opener against St. Francis of Brooklyn, the Boston College Eagles have two games in four days. On Thursday, the Eagles will take on UConn Connecticut College Yale Central Connecticut State. On Sunday, the Eagles will host the visiting Harvard Crimson in the latest installment of the rivalry.

What To Watch For

  1. Foul Trouble: I really liked Idy Diallo's physicality in his nine minutes of play against the St. Francis (NY) Terriers, but he isn't worth much to Jim Christian on the bench, and that was where he was sent after fouling out. He wasn't the only one: Garland Owens also fouled out, and Jerome Robinson, for all of the accolades we have sent his way this week, had three fouls. Everyone is still figuring out how the new officiating procedures will effect each team, so it is definitely that can be chalked up to a feeling-out process. Still, it would be nice to see the issue be rectified.
  2. Eli Carter and Jerome Robinson: Was that game a fluke? Will these two have as solid a chemistry as the St. Francis game indicated? These games will be two entries into that discussion.
  3. Some Real Competition: With apologies to Bentley, St. Francis, and even Fairfield Central Connecticut State, Harvard is going to be the toughest competition of the year so far (it helps when the season is just four games old). Will the Eagles good fortunes stack up against some competition.

Random, Possibly Incorrect Fact From Sacred Heart Central Connecticut State's Wikipedia Page

The Social Studies building has the incredibly creative name of Social Sciences Hall.

Random, Probably Correct Fact From Harvard's Wikipedia Page

Harvard is ranked #1 in the U.S. News & World Report's national university rankings.

So please, come up with something better than "safety school" chant at the game, it isn't funny. It is just sad.

Non-Alcoholic Beverage of The Game

Terhune Orchards Apple Cider

If you are ever in the Princeton, N.J. area, venture off Route 206 and go to Terhune Orchards. They sell apple cider year-round. If you go in the later fall/early winter, they have hot apple cider that you should absolutely try. And, this is important, do NOT leave without having cider donuts. They are amazing.

Ranking The Mascots

(CCSU) Blue Devil: A solid design. The pitchfork is a nice touch. 7/10

John Harvard The Pilgrim: No. 0/10

Who Would Win In A Fight?

I prefer to think of this as a three way wrestling match between John Harvard, Baldwin and the Blue Devil. Ultimately the Blue Devil would probably win, given his awesome pitchfork.

Can BC Win These Games?

The first game is a very solid duh. The second game is a yes, but this will be BC's first big test. Let's see how they handle it.

Philadelphia Big 5 Update You Don't Care About

The Big 5 is a collective 10-1 on the season. Only one team has a loss, and it isn't Penn. What is life.

Final Thoughts and Predictions

I like the Eagles in a sweep. First game 65-40, second game 55-51.

Writer Pick Explanation Points
Arthur

65-40 BC,

55-51 BC

I will be on press row. 1
Joe

77-54 BC

84-83 BC (OT)

Joe likes the Eagles in a sweep, though the second game will be too close for comfort.

Joe also gets the bonus point this week for having the closest pick to the spread last week.

2
Grant

75-65 BC

77-66 Harvard

I (ed. note: Grant does not actually 1
A.J

75-58 BC

62-58 Harvard

1
Dan

75-68 BC

82-63 BC

BC beats Central 75-68. Makes it harder than it probably should but I think there's a step back that's natural after the St. Francis game.


BC beats Harvard 82-63. Harvard's down in a down year for the Ivy League and this is a must-win for BC because these aren't games you can be losing if you're in the ACC.
1
Laura

86-50 BC

70-62 BC


1
John "Coach" Fidler

77-62 BC

65-60 BC

CCSU: Eagles aren't as sharp, but CCSU is probably the worst team on the 2015-16 schedule.

Harvard: Both teams with a lot of young talent, the thought is the ACC young talent is better than the Ivy young talent.

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Caleb N/A *crickets* 0
Kwani N/A *crickets* 0
Jeff N/A *crickets* 0
Bridget N/A *crickets* 0
Brian N/A *crickets* 0