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Old 11-09-2012, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another war in the long-time cross-town serious. Both teams also seem to play at a high level against each other. Too bad this game was played as the first game of the season for both teams, as it got sloppy at times.

Tale of two halves- BU was really killing NU for pretty much the first half- then the second half youth started to catch up to the Terriers and NU just wore them down. I'll just run through a couple of the players.

Maurice Watson- So here's the thing- the kid is good. Very quick, fantastic at penetrating and getting to the hoop. Terrific passer. But here's the other things: Kid is small. Real, real small. The idea of him playing at Virginia or whatever other BCS school offered him is..non-existent. Surprised ESPN would name him a "Top 100" recruit or whatever- is not one. He's very fast, but he's definitely at the right level. Struggled pretty bad in first half with nerves and threw some bad passes. Also had a very, very difficult time covering the bigger NU guards. If he was 6'1'' he'd be in the ACC, but he's maybe 5'7'' so he's at BU. The idea though of anyone on Vermont staying in front of him is laughable. He will go by them like a turn style.

Nathan Doo-N-AY- This kid was by far the most impressive freshman from the Terriers. Besides DJ Irving, Malik Thomas, Doo-N-AY was the best Terrier on the court. Very active, moves nicely, highly athletic, can play inside and also shoot. I was very impressed by this kid.

John Papale- Prototypical jump shooter, but that's all he is right now. Doesn't have the ability to go to the hoop and didn't make a shot shooting off the dribble. I have a hard time believing he held as many A10 offers as he supposedly did, but maybe. Kid is really skinny now too, but his shot is true and if you leave him along he'll make you pay. Defensive liability as well. His shot is great and that makes him an asset- also the type of kid I see getting better with age and added strength/athleticism.

DJ Irving- Looked great overall, except for 3pt shooting. Every time I've seen him play against NU he looks great though. Playing off the ball he'll definitely get a lot of scoring opportunities. Think he will have an easy transition to SG. That said, couldn't hit a 3 tonight- 0-6. Definitely is the Terriers Leader this season.

Malik Thomas- Had some real nice moves in the paint. He looked really, really solid against NU. He's long/wiry...can get to the rim off the dribble. If this game was an indication, this kid has come a long way.

Morris & Robinson- Eh....both looked bad on offense. Same old same old. Taking questionable shots, not close to going in.

That's about it for the Terriers. Did not see much else. The 3 frosh and Thomas will be a nice core for the Terriers entry to Patriot League. This year's team is very small. Look like they are going to struggle rebounding against teams that can rebound (not NU).

As for NU, I love Quincy Ford. Kid is really, really talented. Most talented player on the floor- doesn't seem very aggressive out there though. Should take more than 6 shots.

Anyways, tough loss for BU as NU was without its leading returning scorer Jonathan Lee and someone said they were without another key guy as well.
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