Thursday, March 10, 2011

Broseph's Bits And The Thursday Gospel

Wake Forest/Boston College Over 143.5 -- These two teams take the court against each other just four days after closing out the regular season against each other. Boston College won in Chestnut Hill 84-68 in a game that really wasn't even this close. The Demon Deacons will need a lot of work on defense in the offseason considering they allow 77 points per contest. Wake Forest has given up at least 70 points in 15 of their last 16 games which all occurred in conference. The team has struggled to score at times, but as long as they are allowing this many points, the over is always in play. The Demon Deacons have four players who average at least 10 points per game led by Travis McKie (12.9 ppg). Boston College also has multiple offensive weapons in Reggie Jackson (18.3 ppg), Joe Trapani (14.4 ppg) and Corey Raji (12.7 ppg). The Eagles are averaging 72.1 points per game while giving up 69. They have scored at least 70 points in two straight games against Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. This one has shootout written all over it.

Southern California -3 -- USC and California meet in the PAC-10 conference tournament on Thursday afternoon. The Trojans have won five of their last six games including a 78-75 triumph at California. USC also knocked off Arizona and Washington during that stretch and has the size and speed to compete in this conference. They are the 29th ranked defense in the country giving up only 62.9 points per contest. They are led by Nikola Vucevic (17.7 ppg) and Jio Fontan (10.5 ppg) with three others averaging exactly 9.9 points per game. California's defense is on the other end of the spectrum allowing over 71 points per game. Sure, they score a lot (72.9 ppg), but they can't afford to get into a shoot out. The Golden Bears are a jekyll and hyde squad winning four straight after losing four straight during the season. Their win streak wasn't as impressive as USC's. We'll take the Trojans who will be fresh for this game.

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