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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Terriers Ready to Ram-Page

Two seasons ago, after Stony Brook took a dump on our #1 America East seed and sent us to the NIT instead of the NCAA, my brother the High Roller and I took a snowy bus trip down to Rhode Island with about 3 other fans plus the cheerleaders and the women's basketball team. We got there just in time to see our Terriers get whomped by the Rams by like 30 points. Wolff had benched Chaz for fighting with a teammate (rumored to be Matt Turner), and none of the other guys could step it up.

One season ago, I made the lonely (but still snowy) car trip all by my lonesome to see BU knock off a diminished URI team that had been decimated by graduation and disciplinary absences from the previous year's team. That URI team was pretty bad, and we made them look the part. I made a few enemies that day in the upper deck of the beautiful Ryan Center that night, but made the 3.5-hour drive home happy.

This season, I won't be traveling anywhere near the game. BU is a little bit down from last year, and URI is a bit up from last year. This time, the game is played at an even newer arena than the Ryan Center, up the road at BU's Agganis Arena. And this time, URI runs into a talented Terrier team that is hungry for its first win. And a team that you can be damn sure Coach Wolff will have ready for this game.

Prediction: BU 64 URI 49

4 Comments:

At 9:32 AM, Blogger BUhoopsFANatic said...

I feel the Dogs are ready to break out!! I think the new guys are starting to become comfortable with each other and are starting to show it. I like that Hassan wants the ball and is not tenative out there and it looks like Sullivan is going to be able to help us on the offensive end as well. Macon is starting to perform and has cut down on his turnovers. I do, however, feel that the Dogs have to start taking it to the hoop more and not rely on the outside shot so much. We have to start getting to the foul line more and try to get our opponents in foul trouble. I would definately like to see our offensive weapons start to slash a little bit. With that said I feel good about our chances tonight and I can't wait for the tip-off. Let's hope we have a great crowd. We need to fill the student section!!

BU-66
URI-53

 
At 2:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rhode Island doesn't give up a lot of points. The Terriers run a slow, methodical offense. I'd be suprised if either team scores over 60.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

BUHoops, You're right we need to get it inside more on offense. Against Rider, the reason who were shooting from deep so often is that Rider deliberately played a tight zone inside to test our outside shooters. Obviously, that strategy worked. Let's hope that if URI tries the same thing, we can have people slashing, like you said, to draw those fouls.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Anonymous,
You're right. In fact, I don't see the Terriers (or their opponents) scoring over 70 more than 6 or 7 times this whole season.

Add to that a stingy Rams defense, and we could be seeing scores in the 40s.

 

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