First off, about last night's men's BB game:
I wasn't planning on going. I sold my ticket. Between the two Beanpots and Super Bowl Sunday, I was way behind on work. Despite what you may think based on my high level of attendance at BC games, I do in fact work very hard in class ;).
But at around 6:40 I came into possession of another free ticket and couldn't resist the urge to go. I was pleasantly surprised to see an entertaining game. Lots of lead changes, great play by Oates, and a gritty effort despite an off game from Tyrese Rice. I'm glad I went. It wasn't a win, but it was encouraging.
Now, on to tonight's women's basketball game. This is a huge measuring stick for BC. Duke is down this year and is very much beatable. If BC wins this game they will definitely receive votes in next week's poll and will probably be on the inside track for an NCAA bid.
What's killing BC right now is strength of schedule, which has their RPI down in the 90s. A win tonight would make a world of difference.
BC is 13-1 at home, with their only loss coming against Maryland; Duke is 7-4 on the road.
Duke isn't killing opponents, but they are winning comfortably, outscoring them by an average of 71.8-57.2.
BC's numbers are close: 66.3-59.8.
Duke's last outing was a 17 point loss to rival UNC. Hopefully they will still be reeling from that.
This is going to be really hard for BC, but I feel optimistic today. I'm predicting a buzzer beater by Ayla Brown, followed by 2,000 9-year-old girls storming the court.
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