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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Debut of the New Look Terriers: The Albany Preview

I was planning to do a recap review of the entire out-of-conference season, but any games played before today hardly even seem relevant anymore.

I know that the BU Athletic Dept still hasn't confirmed any injuries, or the fact that Corey won't play tonight, but I'm taking the Hot Dog at his word. The kid once transported a t-shirt 350 miles for me, for crying out loud. So assuming he's right, how do the events of *Black Thursday* change this team?

Short answer is: Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck... A slightly longer answer is: it will change the team a lot.

BU's bread-and-butter (when we were still making bread and butter at the beginning of the season) was always the perimeter game. Big time 3-point shooters. That's what opposing defenses focused on. Now, Corey Lowe is our only 3-point shooting guard. Yes, JH23 and JOB can go long-range, but they're are forwards, so they have other responsibilities too (ahem, rebounding, ahem...). And Corey isn't even playing tonight!!

Marques Johnson will be running the point from now on. Marques cannot shoot 3's with any regularity. Who else is there tonight? Sherrod Smith, Tunde, Sam Tully and Michael Schulze have a combined 2 career 3-pointers, both by Sherrod (who sports a .111 3FG%). Brendan Sullivan, not a guard but another walkon, at least has 5 in his career, albeit all during one magical night at Rider. Bottom line: We are not getting production from the 1 or the 2 positions tonight, unless one of the traditional starters (Holland or Matt Wolff) shifts over.

Probable starters, I'm guessing:
G Johnson
F Wolff
F Holland
F O'Brien
F Brittain (maybe Pelage?)

That's a big lineup - 4 forwards, 1 guard. This completely changes the offense into a post-oriented one. The emergence of JOB and Jeff Pelage, along with the leftover talent that we know Scott Brittain has (need ya know, buddy), makes that the strength of this team. Do we even have plays designed to get the ball into the post?!?!

For those wanting to see D'Wolff gone from the sideline, you'll get to see what kind of coaching mind he has tonight... for better or worse.

The High Roller is stuck at work and cannot blog, but weighed in on today's occurrences via text message. A few choice nuggets of wisdom:

  • First off, im excited 2 c the rod get some decent time. I always like seeing him play
  • I cant think of ne more positives. Thir is a horrible situation all around
  • I still dont get why hes benching corey. If hes trying to make a point its not working
  • Also I think marquez wil5 be a disaster
So there you have it. The High Roller has a knack for seeing the big picture, spelling errors or not.

And you know what? I'm so burnt out by all this stuff that I can't even thing about our opponent tonight, Albany. So no scouting report or anything. Just know that they lost their 3 or 4 best players from last year when we KNOCKED THEM OFF IN OVERTIME IN THE TOURNAMENT and so they've got a lot of new contributors. None of which I know much or anything about. Read what this guy has to say.

Anyway, it's still my job to root for the Terriers, so GO BU, and.... this should be interesting.

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At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this the same Brendan Sullivan who was a recruited player with Tony Gafney, Bryan Geffen, Ben Coblyn and Corey Hassan several years back? If so can we get the rest of them back

At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, same name different guy. This dude is a walk-on. Anyone know why Corey sat last nite ? Was it a league rule for fighting ?

At 2:10 PM, Blogger Tall-boy said...

Acutally, it IS the same Brendan Sullivan. He left the team a couple years ago but stayed in classes at BU... now he's back as a walk-on. Same dude.

Corey sat because he got ejected from the Holy Cross game for 2 Technicals. It wasn't a league-mandated suspension... Wolff benched him voluntarily.

At 4:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can DWolff voluntarily suspend himself? Perhaps indefinitely??
That would be the best thing that could happen to the BU basketball program!


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