Boston College 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Boston College Eagles - ACC (20-11, 10-6)
Seed: #7 - East Region
Big Wins: 11/29 Michigan State (65-58), 12/10 Maryland (73-62), 2/3 Virginia Tech (80-59)
Bad Losses: 11/13 Vermont (63-77), 11/22 at Providence (64-73), 12/28 Duquesne (93-98)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, Sweet Sixteen loss to Villanova
Coach: Al Skinner (6-7 in 7 NCAA appearances)
Probable Boston College Starters:
Tyrese Rice, Sophomore, Guard, 17.2 ppg, 5.5 apg, 3.3 rpg
Sean Marshall, Senior, Guard, 14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg
Jared Dudley, Senior, Forward, 19.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.0 apg
Shamari Spears, Freshman, Forward, 7.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
John Oates, Junior, Forward, 4.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Boston College:
Marquez Haynes, Sophomore, Guard, 3.9 ppg, 1.7 apg
Tyrelle Blair, Junior, Center, 2.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 bpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Forward Jared Dudley is a star and guards Tyrese Rice and Sean Marshall have had solid seasons. Dudley leads the team in points and rebounds and will have to carry the squad on his shoulders if the Eagles want to have any success in March. Rice has had a pleasantly surprising sophomore campaign and ranks among the leaders in the ACC with 5.5 assists per game.
Boston College shoots a healthy 47.9% from the floor. That high number is mostly due to the fact that the Eagles do not have a stellar long range shooter and know their limitations from beyond the arc. Despite the lack of quick scoring via the long ball, BC is very efficient on the offensive end of the floor and average 74.6 points per contest.
Why Boston College Can Disappoint:
Center Sean Williams was kicked off the team in January and that has left a lot of pressure on big men John Oates, Shamari Spears and Tyrelle Blair. Oates is a solid contributor who will do the dirty work, but cannot replace Williams in the scoring, rebounding or shot blocking departments. Spears, a freshman, can handle the scoring and rebounding and Blair, a transfer from Loyola ( Chicago), is a presence under the basket on the defensive end, but the duo still does not compare to what Boston College lost in Williams. The lack of depth all over the court will catch up to Coach Al Skinner sooner or later.
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Who To Watch:
It’s all about Dudley. The 6-7 San Diego, CA native can shoot from long range, get to the basket, dish to his teammates and battle on the glass. He ranks in the top 50 nationally in points, field-goal percentage and rebounds. Dudley does it all, but more often than not, times will arise when his teammates need to shoulder at least part of the load.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.3 (59th in nation, 5th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 69.8 (200, 8)
Field-Goal Percentage: 48.4 (22, 4)
Field-Goal Defense: 44.0 (170, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.5 (59, 3)
Rebound Margin: 2.1 (101, 5)
Assists Per Game: 15.1 (64, 5)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.4 (154, 7)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Texas Tech
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