Tony Bennett’s team is in the home stretch; only three games remain on the regular season schedule, and the next two are the final home contests of the year. This weekend, Boston College makes the trip to Charlottesville, and the Hoos will try to pick up a coveted ‘W’ after dropping a heartbreaker in Chestnut Hill last month. The last time these two teams met, Virginia was coming off a tough loss to No. 1 Duke after leading the Blue Devils at the end of the first half. This time around, the Hoos are have a pair of conference victories under their belts, and the team is hoping to pick up a few more wins before the postseason.
Eagles On Offense: Like Bennett, BC head coach Steve Donohue runs a variant of the Princeton Offense, which utilizes perpetual motion and outside passing to draw the defense away from the basket. BC’s offensive success hinges on spreading the scoring around; during the last meeting with Virginia, the Eagles had four players in double figures. Senior forward Joe Trapani and guard Reggie Jackson are the linchpins of the offense so limiting their input is crucial. Boston College wants to get to the basket, so forcing the Eagles to shoot outside and take shots they don’t exactly want will keep the game under control. (more…)