Boston College has the best player in the ACC that you haven’t heard of. Freshman Ky Bowman originally committed to the Tar Heels, as a football player. But he changed his mind, decided to focus on hoops, and waited while none of the big time programs in his home state of North Carolina offered him a scholarship. So he went off to BC.
Through BC’s first nine games, Bowman didn’t stand out in any way. He averaged a bit over seven points a game. Then he scored 15 in an upset of Auburn. A week later he scored 33. In ACC play he’s dropped 29 versus Notre Dame, 30 against Syracuse, and 33 against North Carolina. For the year he’s raised his scoring average to 14.1 per game, and knocks down 45% of his 3s.
Couple him with sophomore star Jerome Robinson (19.1 ppg), and the Eagles have one of the most dynamic back court combos in the conference.
But that’s where it ends. The rest of BC’s roster looks like mid major players. That’s why they’re just 9-18 (2-12). This has become par for the course with BC, a team which last made the NCAA Tournament in 2009, and then decided to run Al Skinner out of town.
This isn’t a terrible team - they beat Auburn, Providence, Syracuse, and lost in the final seconds at Miami - but they aren’t good. They’re the one team which could really damage FSU’s resume. Either in this game or the ACC Tournament.
In short, if the ‘Noles want to open the NCAA Tournament in Orlando as a protected top 4 seed, then this is a must win.
Aside from BC’s back court duo, the ‘Noles are better at every roster spot. FSU needs to take control of the game in the first half, and play the 2nd half with a double digit lead.
The game tips at 7PM from the Tuck and will be broadcast on ESPNU. FSU opened as 19-point favorites.