Posted: 3:10 a.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013
In Tuesday’s only ACC game outside of Cameron, BC knocked off Clemson in the final home game for Devin Booker and Milton Jennings, 68-61.
BC was led by Olivier Hanlan, with 24, and Ryan Anderson, with 18 points and 11 boards.
|Wednesday’s ACC Action!|
|North Carolina @ Maryland||7:00 PM||ESPN|
|Georgia Tech @ Miami||9:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Wake Forest @ NC State||9:00 PM||ACC Network|
|Boston College 68, Clemson 61|
In case anyone has lost track, BC now has three solid guards in Hanlan, Joe Rahon and Lonnie Jackson, and Patrick Heckman has had his moments. Anderson has had some remarkable games this year.
Less successful due to injury has been big man Dennis Clifford.
But look down the road a bit: those four guys are going to be juniors, Clifford – called BC’s best player early by coach Steve Donahue – should be healthy – and BC should be a monster.
Just consider the close games they might have won this season but missed: College of Charleston (four points), Bryant (two points), State (five points), Wake (three points), Miami (one point), Maryland (five points), Duke (one point) and FSU (three points).
If they had won those, they’d be 22-8. If they’d just won the ones they lost by four or less they’d be 20-10.
BC should be really tough next year.
And Clemson? Well, they lose Booker and Jennings, but that’s manageable. By next year Landry Nnoko should be a much more useful player.
More to the point, they’ll have KJ McDaniels and Jaron Blossomgame, who sat out this season, will be playing.
Some of their guards showed real potential. In addition, they’ve signed (so far) 6-3 Patrick Rooks, who should give them a reliable outside presence they’ve been missing and 6-5 Austin Ajukwa, who has been compared to Lorenzo Brown.
Clemson continues to improve the talent and time will deliver experience.
We hope Clemson fans understand that despite a rather pedestrian 13-16 record, Brad Brownell has really produced despite some limitations. Booker and Jennings have never been consistently good and the rest of the team is made up of 11 underclassmen. You just can’t teach experience.
Both teams should be sharply improved next season.
On Wednesday, UNC heads up to Maryland for a game which might be disrupted or postponed by the big storm blowing in (Dick Vitale won’t be able to make it due to weather). Georgia Tech heads down Miami for a near-certain loss, while Wake drives over to State for a renewal of an ancient rivalry.
It’s probably Maryland’s last crack at UNC at their place, so a major snowstorm could be unfortunate from their point of view. The Terps are physically way bigger than UNC but will likely have to chase the Heels around a good bit.
Wake will almost certainly lose to State as the Deacs have had no stomach for road games.