Sunday, November 22, 2009
GAMEDAY: Boston University vs. Georgia Tech
The Terriers secured their first win on Friday due to superb rebounding on both ends of the floor. Jake O'Brien turned in one of the best performances of his career, totaling 14 points and 13 rebounds. Today's competition is a step up. Derrick Favors and Gani Lawal, put together, are quite possibly the best frontcourt duo BU will see this season.
BU matches up better in the backcourt, but given anticipated difficulties in the rebounding and post scoring departments, the Terriers will need significant improvement from Friday's 29.3 percent shooting performance. Aggressive drives to the basket have led to much of the Terriers' limited success on offense to date; with Lawal and Favors patrolling the paint for the Yellow Jackets, BU needs its outside shooting to complement its dribble-drive penetration.
Georgia Tech is the first ranked team on the Terriers' schedule. Winning this game, especially with Scott Brittain still unavailable, would be a monumental achievement, one of the biggest victories the program has seen in years. A win isn't necessary here, but continuing a trend of outstanding effort and game-to-game improvement is still important. Doing so will allow BU to return to Boston with sustained momentum and a positive outlook regardless of today's result -- and in a young season featuring several surprises to date, who's to say the Terriers won't surprise today?
Projected starting lineups:
G Tyler Morris, 14.8 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 2.3 APG
G Corey Lowe, 12.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 4.0 APG
G Carlos Strong, 8.8 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.8 APG
F Valdas Sirutis, 1.5 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 0.8 APG
F Jake O'Brien, 9.0 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.8 BPG
G Iman Shumpert, 13.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 2.0 APG
G Mfon Udofia, 7.3 PPG, 3.0 APG, 2.7 RPG
G/F D'Andre Bell, 4.7 PPG, 1.7 APG, 1.0 RPG
F Gani Lawal, 14.3 PPG, 11.3 RPG, 1.7 BPG
F Derrick Favors, 12.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG