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Nebraska Basketball: Boston College Preview

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Nebraska vs. Boston College in the 2017 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

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Boston College Preview

Date: Wednesday, November 29th

Time: 8:15 pm CST

Mascot: Eagles

Coach: Jim Christian (4th Season)

2016-17 Record: 9-23 (2-16 Atlantic Coast Conference)

2017-18 Record: 5-2 (0-0 Conference)

Last Season:

Last year was not a very good year for Jim Christian’s third year as coach for the Eagles. They were one win shy of double digits and the two games they won in conference play were to North Carolina State and Syracuse. Neither team were terribly good themselves so take those wins with a grain of salt. Though, they did have a very nice 79-67 win over Providence who made the NCAA Tournament. Ya know, small victories...

This Season:

The Eagles are picked to finish either last or next to last in many preseason polls this season. What can I say, we are not playing Duke and thank goodness for that.

Boston College is currently sitting at 5-2 on the year with their last game ending in a loss to a Providence. A team they pulled off a win against last year, however the Friars have improved this season. The Eagles defense can be suspect at times and they also seem to be plagued by the same scoring droughts that the Huskers have had this year. So hopefully Nebraska can take advantage of that early on an put up a comfortable lead.

They are lead by guard Ky Bowman. Kyle is averaging 15.4 ppg and 5.4 rpg. The sophomore guard. Another guard to watch out for is Jerome Robinson who averages 14.9 ppg and 3.0 apg so far this season. Both are fairly strong shooters and could possibly give Nebraska problems beyond the arch. Nebraska will need to pressure both of these guys hard when on defense as they will make you pay for playing soft.

Another player of note is forward Deontae Hawkins. He is a 6’8” transfer from Illinois State. Hawkins lead the Redbirds in rebounds and scoring last season. He averages 13.6 ppg and 10.3 rpg so far for the Eagles. Expect him to challenge Jordy under the basket early on.

Look for the Eagles to match up well against the Huskers. Both teams have decent size in the paint with guards who can make you pay if they get hot.

Prediction:

Boston College was picked at the bottom of the ACC for a reason. This “should be” a good win for the Huskers at home. However, we have learned that Nebraska doesn’t always show up well in games this season. If the Huskers play to their potential, they should make the win at home. Yet, if Nebraska has one of their patented scoring droughts then it might be a long night for the big red and an eked out win might be what we get.

I like how we match up, especially in the paint. Nebraska’s forwards need to keep out of foul trouble though to keep their guards honest. A clean game would go a long ways for Nebraska.

As of now, I’ll say University of Nebraska 70 Boston College 63