After a series of disappointing defeats, the Boston College Eagles (3-5, 0-0 ACC) look to end their losing streak at home against the St. Francis Terriers (2-4, 0-0 NEC). The game tips off at 2 PM, Saturday, Dec. 8.
The Eagles have struggled as of late, losing winnable games to Charleston, Bryant University and Harvard. Against Harvard they were outclassed, losing 79-63 to what was supposed to be a much weaker team that had lost two of its captains to an academic scandal. The Eagles were without starting center Dennis Clifford and freshman guard Olivier Hanlan struggled both offensively and defensively before being pulled by Coach Steve Donahue.
The Eagles will need another strong game from sophomore forward Ryan Anderson, who bounced back nicely from an injury to record 23 points and 7 rebounds on 11-12 shooting. If they can feed him the ball early and often, they will be able to dominate the paint against a very small St. Francis team. Center Dennis Clifford, struggling with an ankle sprain, is likely out for the game. The Eagles will surely miss the 7 foot center, who would’ve had a chance to shine against the interior of the St. Francis defense, as the team lacks a player over 6-8.
Hanlan has been a spark for the Eagles this year, and it will be interesting to see how he reacts to being benched against Harvard. Normally averaging 12.6 ppg, he struggled from the field, shooting 1-8 for only four points against Harvard. The Eagles will need him to contribute double figures and a good defensive effort if they hope to come away with a victory.
Coach Donahue will surely look for his team to come out with some inspired play against a very beatable opponent. The Eagles are about to launch into a five-game streak against weak non-conference teams, and the Eagles will need to win several of these games to gain some momentum before the start of ACC Conference play, which tips off against #25-ranked NC State (5-2, 0-0 ACC) on Jan. 5.