Then, just like the previous game, BC put together a comeback with aggressive defense (playing much of the second half in either a full-court or half-court trap), some timely shooting, and a little bit of luck. Sadly, the result was the same as well, with the Eagles' strong second half effort a classic example of "too little, too late." Once again, BC's Achilles heel of zero interior defense doomed them, with the 'Cane's Reggie Johnson playing the role of heartbreaker this time as he hit what seemed to be a million and-1s in a row down the stretch (probably closer to three). This loss, obviously, is MUCH more devastating than losing to UNC on the road. Miami is a mediocre ACC team at best, and this loss all but guarantees you won't be writing in "Boston College" in your bracket come Selection Sunday. More thoughts on the game follow.
- 27 games into this season I still have almost no idea what to make of this team. At one point they seemed to be a first-half team that blew leads; the past two games they have made furious second-half comebacks after putrid first halves. They go through good and bad stretches seemingly at random. College basketball in general sees lots of ups and downs over the course of a game, but even by those standards BC is erratic. It's possible this is just a result of a weird, awkward combination of Donahue's first year, not a ton of talent, and up-and-down effort on the part of the Eagles. Hopefully BC can be more consistent the next few years as Donahue really starts to take over the team.
- I mentioned this in my UNC recap but it bears repeating: Joe Trapani has impressed me a ton over the past five games or so. For a while in this game, he was the only player on BC who seemed to give a crap about the game. It was his hustle and talent, including a three to open the second half, that spurred BC's failed comeback attempt. What he lacks in actual skill he more than makes up for in effort and sheer hard work, and that's something that can't be said about anyone else on this team recently.
- I hate to be overly negative, but the lack of student support for BC basketball is really depressing.
- Technically, BC could still make the NCAA tournament, so perhaps the title of this post is at least somewhat misleading. At this point, however, they probably need to run the table the rest of the season (@VTech, @UVA, vs. Wake) and then win at least two games in the ACC Tournament. Even then, we'd be sitting on the edge of our seats as the brackets were being announced. Donahue needs to make sure his players forget records and tournaments and just focus on winning each game on the schedule from here on out.