Previewing 2017-18 Men’s Basketball: Columbia

Boston College men's basketball

Three days removed from knocking off No. 1 Duke, Boston College men’s basketball returns to action against an Ivy League foe in Columbia on Tuesday night. The Lions (1-9) enter on an eight-game skid, struggling to find any success, and will face an Eagles (7-3) team that had their most complete performance of the season over the weekend.

Who is BC playing?

Columbia

When is BC playing?

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m.

Where is BC playing?

Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

How to Watch:

The game will be broadcasted on ACC Network Extra and live streamed on WatchESPN.

By the Numbers:

BC:

1) The Eagles hit a season-high 15 triples in Saturday’s upset win over Duke, one shy of their highest number of long-range field goals over the past 10 years (16 vs. Syracuse on Jan. 1, 2017).

2) Ky Bowman claimed his third ACC weekly honor this past week, winning Player of the Week after an impressive 30-10-9 performance, all of which were season highs.

3) BC had a trio of scorers with 20-plus points against Duke, the first time that’s happened since 2007 against Florida State. Bowman (30), Jerome Robinson (24), and Jordan Chatman (22) replicated a feat previously accomplished by Tyrese Rice, Jared Dudley, and Sean Marshall.

Columbia:

1) The Lions have lost eight-straight games, but only by an average margin of 6.9 points per game. Their last win came in their second game of the season, beating Longwood by 10.

2) Columbia ranks outside the top 200 in defensive efficiency, conceding 107 points per 100 possessions against the average opponent. In particular, the Lions struggle on the offensive boards (320th in second-chance points allowed).

3) The Lions have a diverse scoring attack, with 10 different players recording double figures this season. Only eight other teams have had more reach that mark.

Last Meeting:

This is just the second meeting all-time between these two programs. The Eagles took the only other matchup, 57-53, in the Cotton States Insurance Classic back in December of 1982.

BC Wins if…

It plays anywhere close to the level it did against Duke, as this game could quickly turn into a blowout. The Eagles crashed the boards, scored on an array of set cutting plays, and were lights out from beyond the arc. If Bowman stays hot and either one of Robinson or Chatman are hitting their shots, Columbia won’t have the high-profile scorers to keep up.

BC Loses if…

The law of averages comes into effect. The Eagles shot 50 percent from the field and hit a season-high in 3-pointers to beat Duke, so it’s likely they’ll come back down to earth—at least a little bit. Granted, BC won’t need every weapon to beat a one-win Columbia team, but if it goes cold, the Lions offense could make things interesting. Columbia is entering Tuesday averaging 73 points per game and is 0-5 in games decided by less than 10 points, so this could be the one where the Lions finally break through.

Featured Image by Sanket Bhaget / Heights Staff

About Bradley Smart 108 Articles
Bradley is the associate sports editor for The Heights. He believes that America does truly run on Dunkin, March is the best month, baseball teams should always wear stirrups, and being down 3-1, in anything, is never cause for concern. You can follow him on Twitter @bradleysmart15.