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Boston College Basketball vs. Syracuse: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

#orangeeagle is starting to get out of hand

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

After riding the bench for this particular game following wisdom teeth extraction, I shall take a crack at analyzing the Syracuse Orange and Boston College Eagles basketball game.

The Good:

  1. Sleeping through the first half: Based on the scoreline of the first half, I determine that it was a very good thing that I slept through the majority of the half, given the fact I missed the 21-4 Syracuse run to end the half.
  2. A below capacity attendance at the Carrier Dome: Probably a good thing that a very low amount of people saw that game.
  3. Yeah, I got nothing else.

The Bad:

  1. Only One Player Scoring From the Stripe: It didn't help matters that only Dennis Clifford and A.J. Turner made it to the stripe. Yet, Dennis Clifford barely went above .500 from the stripe (4-7) and Turner didn't make any of his free throws. Gotta find some way to get to the stripe, and to actually score.
  2. Trouble with shot clock awareness: There was one play where the Eagles were just galavanting along the perimeter (something they did a lot, but I'll get to that in a second), with complete reckless disregard for the shot clock. Naturally, with that disregard, Daryl Hicks was forced to put a prayer that had absolutely no shot at going in as the shot clock was expiring. That isn't the first time this season that the Eagles have shown blatant disregard for the red numbers at the top of the basket. They need to do better.
  3. Points Off Turnovers: 'Cuse had 22 points off BC turnovers. Is that bad? I think that's bad.

The Ugly:

  1. Inability to Do Anything Inside: BC just seemed unable to crack the patented Syracuse zone all night. The Eagles could not penetrate, which meant that BC was unable to get inside the arc. That's usually bad, but what made things worse was that the Eagles were not able to get anything serious going from behind the arc. Going 23.1% from behind the arc when you are having that much trouble penetrating is simply inexcusable.
  2. Eli Carter being the only player in double digits: Eli Carter is the straw that stirs the drink offensively, so it is not a surprise that he would lead the team in scoring. Yet, the fact that Carter was the only one to reach double digits is simply inexcusable. Jerome Robinson had an abysmal two points. A.J. Turner had four, Clifford had four (though if they weren't penetrating what do you expect?). Simply put, offensively, this game was absolutely pitiful.
  3. The very realistic possibility that BC goes 0-for in major ACC sports: It's a little bit early to start throwing dirt on the grave of BC basketball's season. But with a performance that pitiful against a Syracuse team that was very much on the ropes, it is not unreasonable at this point to start asking oneself if the Eagles are going to go 0-for. We all know that football season was a struggle, with all of the injuries and everything. We also know that this was going to be a Trust the Process type of season for basketball. Yet, it has to leave a bad taste in one's mouth that BC is this pitiful in revenue sports this year. 
    I don't pretend to know what the answers are. I do know that someone somewhere needs to come up with something, because the fanbase has been decimated, and going 0-for this year will only make things worse.