Boston College vs. URI Talk

2001Eagle

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The better team is up at the half. BC needs to get Demarr more involved.

if you are looking for positives, Post, Zackery, and Bickerstaff all look capable of playing against this higher level of competition.
 

DoubleEagle68

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Disappointing loss, but a good learning experience for our young BC team. URI played with a lot of intensity and quickness. BC had some good spurts, but did maintain it throughout the game.
 

2001Eagle

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Pertinent to both of your points, I think last night’s game is a huge learning opportunity for Demarr. He went from being a role player last year to being the most me we all expect (and need) to be “the guy” this year. I hope one of his big takeaways is that this team needs him to be more aggressive in order to be successful.
it’s not fair to expect him to become a star overnight, but I hope we see him become more aggressive in the future when the offense is stagnant.
 

Bobson

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I noted a dramatic change in defensive posture during this game compared to the first. In this game the defense was often flat-footed, they rarely challenged their man and gave their man too much room when they didn't have the ball. In the first game, they were moving their feet a lot more and challenging the opponent. I want aggressiveness and understand it can lead to easy baskets at times but it also makes the opposition players work harder when they go on offense.

Defensive intensity stood out and goes somewhat hand in hand with the brothers having a difficult time in terms of open looks and having space. They had to work so hard on offense they did not return the favor when on defense. Even threes were always challenged except for Bickerstaff's. And URI players were quick to help out if someone dribbled in the paint. Post will need to learn to drop the ball down low with a bounce pass for a bunny, He knows if he sees two players that someone is open. He is a good passer so I think that will come against double teams. He must recognize not just who has him on defense but who has the other two forwards to sense where his teammate will be without having to stop his dribble and look around. That goes for zone or man-to-man.

I sense they will grow from a game like this, practice always with great defensive intensity, and get accustomed to that being the norm. Not just how they are played against during practice but by how they play during practice. Gritty means intense and tough, that's how it works. You grind it out of the opponent. You play physically and at least inflict a lasting memory. They fouled three fewer times than against Fairfield but the types of fouls were the difference between covering your man and taking it to him. They didn't grind out anybody last night. You don't let them rest on offense so they can play you the way you are supposed to play them when they go on defense.

Will Grant will use this to get them to play defense with more urgency and intensity? I hope so. This team is going to have to get its transition baskets off of turnovers and defensive pressure. It is going to be a difference either way.
 

2001Eagle

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I noted a dramatic change in defensive posture during this game compared to the first. In this game the defense was often flat-footed, they rarely challenged their man and gave their man too much room when they didn't have the ball. In the first game, they were moving their feet a lot more and challenging the opponent. I want aggressiveness and understand it can lead to easy baskets at times but it also makes the opposition players work harder when they go on offense.

Defensive intensity stood out and goes somewhat hand in hand with the brothers having a difficult time in terms of open looks and having space. They had to work so hard on offense they did not return the favor when on defense. Even threes were always challenged except for Bickerstaff's. And URI players were quick to help out if someone dribbled in the paint. Post will need to learn to drop the ball down low with a bounce pass for a bunny, He knows if he sees two players that someone is open. He is a good passer so I think that will come against double teams. He must recognize not just who has him on defense but who has the other two forwards to sense where his teammate will be without having to stop his dribble and look around. That goes for zone or man-to-man.

I sense they will grow from a game like this, practice always with great defensive intensity, and get accustomed to that being the norm. Not just how they are played against during practice but by how they play during practice. Gritty means intense and tough, that's how it works. You grind it out of the opponent. You play physically and at least inflict a lasting memory. They fouled three fewer times than against Fairfield but the types of fouls were the difference between covering your man and taking it to him. They didn't grind out anybody last night. You don't let them rest on offense so they can play you the way you are supposed to play them when they go on defense.

Will Grant will use this to get them to play defense with more urgency and intensity? I hope so. This team is going to have to get its transition baskets off of turnovers and defensive pressure. It is going to be a difference either way.
You brought up on area that I thought we were terrible: passing out of the double team. URI was trapping our guys all the time in the half court offense and I thought we did a terrible job of finding the open man. I know we want to keep the pace slow, but when the defense gets aggressive, you have to attack it.
 

AGPennyPacker

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BC men's basketball has now dropped three in a row, after losing to URI, again, in the third place game of the Sunshine Slam.

Thinking that this team could be fixed overnight with the hire of a coach that most did not know about was beyond optimistic.

JC left a total disaster and short of a Pitino coming in with several super transfers and a couple of major recruits this team was always going to need a few years to become competitive.
 

DoubleEagle68

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I'm fully in support of Coach Grant. He has a tough job, but has recruited well and I expect much success within the next 2 years.
 

Bobson

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Losses hurt but I like that they did put up a 14-2 run and the two players that led it. It can be said that URI kept hitting their shots but stronger defense is needed to keep them from getting their shots. Defense is so reliant on players working together it will take time to gain a sense of each other.
 

2001Eagle

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Thinking that this team could be fixed overnight with the hire of a coach that most did not know about was beyond optimistic.

JC left a total disaster and short of a Pitino coming in with several super transfers and a couple of major recruits this team was always going to need a few years to become competitive.
Yup. Expecting the team to be relevant this year isn’t realistic. Probably next year too. I am a little disappointed that we haven’t seen more out of the freshmen, though Zachery looks solid.
The best case scenario for this program is that we hold things together enough this season and Grant has another good recruiting class for 2023. If we show good progress next year, we could become an appealing landing spot for transfers and could be actually good in 2023-2024.
Even an NIT berth next year seems extremely optimistic to me.
 

CDB

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With the upgrade to our facilities and a coach who is looking for defensive minded players (who are sometimes less attractive as many colleges are looking for scorers, we may have pause for optimism as it will only take 3 quality players to make this program competitive. Let's hope that Coach Grant continues to recruit well.
 
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