Saturday, November 22, 2008

GAMEDAY: St. Peter's College vs. Boston University

Last year's BracketBuster opponent is making a return trip. As you might remember, BU defeated St. Peter's last season, 67-64, at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City as the three-headed monster of Corey Lowe, John Holland, and Scott Brittain combined for 54 points.

While the scoring output for the Terriers may be spread somewhat more evenly throughout the roster this afternoon, the offense will have to do enough to overcome the damage caused by St. Peter's star guard Wesley Jenkins.

The 6-2 sophomore scored a game-high 27 points, hitting nine of his 16 3-point attempts. Through two games, Jenkins is averaging 22.5 points -- easily leading the Peacocks in scoring. No other St. Peter's player is averaging double figures and talented guard Darrell Lampley has left the team, so stopping Jenkins will be priority number one for the Terriers on defense.
Although St. Peter's rebounding margin is quite poor, its rebounding percentages are much closer to average -- the margins are skewed because the Peacocks have been missing most of their shots and offensive rebounds are harder to get. Despite this, BU figures to benefit from the return of Scott Brittain, the Terriers' leading rebounder from last year (6.3 rpg). Brittain stands two inches taller than anyone in the Peacocks' intended starting lineup. Throw in Jake O'Brien, Matt Wolff -- currently averaging more than 10 rebounds per game -- and Jeff Pelage, and the Terriers should enjoy a rare advantage on the glass.
Without rebounding issues and with its full complement of weapons, the Terriers should be favorites at home, but the Peacocks have some ways to bother BU. While the Terriers' ability to force turnovers has been outstanding thus far, the Peacocks have been nearly as good in that department, getting turnovers (forced or unforced) on nearly 30 percent of their oppositions' possessions. A home game (especially the first at Case Gymnasium) is no excuse for sloppy basketball, and turning the ball over will make a Terrier victory much harder to come by.

Projected Starting Lineups


Brittain's debut headlines Case opener

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