When Boston University hosted Lafayette a month ago in the regular season, the result was an 88-54 drubbing of the Leopards. The Terriers managed to improve on that performance in the Patriot League Quarterfinals, eliminating Lafayette by a final score of 91-54. There is no other way to describe it other than complete and total domination. The Terriers did what they do best and they did it to perfection: suffocating defense mixed with a devastating backcourt pacing the offense.
- Maurice Watson had one of his best games ever in his first ever conference tournament game, going for 21 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, and four steals. DJ Irving was right there with him, adding 17 points of his own. They played smart on both ends of the floor, picking up only a combined three turnovers and two fouls. There is not a whole lot more to say, other than BU will most certainly be dancing if they can get two more performances like this one.
- Seth Hinrichs played an average game for the Leopards, putting up 13 and eight boards. He certainly wasn’t willing his team to victory like a team’s superstar should, but it also certainly wasn’t his fault. Nick Lindner had a rough game, shooting 2-for-10 and turning the ball over three times. Definitely one to forget for the Leopards, but lucky for them they are returning virtually the entire team next season.
- The 66.1 percent shooting for the Terriers was a Patriot League tournament record and a school record. BU also set the mark for largest margin of victory in a Patriot League quarterfinal. Anyway, enough about that game, it’s time for the semifinals.
- Army disposed of Bucknell in their quarterfinal matchup Wednesday in a 72-71 thriller. Both teams are dangerous, so there was no real winning here for the Terriers, but I am certainly glad that Bucknell is taken care of. The Black Knights return to Agganis Arena on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 with a trip to the Patriot League Championship on the line. Should they upset the Terriers, they would once again be on the road in the finals to take on the winner of Holy Cross at American, which tips Saturday night. Both games will be on the CBS Sports Network.
- There was no shortage of excitement in either of Army’s duels with BU this season. The first was a 86-81 overtime victory for the Terriers in Boston, which saw Army erase a 19-point halftime deficit. The second was just a week ago in New York, where the Black Knights saw their game-winning buzzer-beating shot overturned by the referees to give BU a 71-70 victory.
- Kevin Ferguson (who I believe was snubbed from the Patriot League Third Team) stepped up in that second game, pouring in 20 points while contributing 10 rebounds and six blocks. Army also has Kyle Wilson, a unanimous Patriot League First Team selection, and Tanner Omlid, a Patriot League All-Rookie selection, at their disposal. It is going to be a knock-down drag-out fight for the finals, be there or be square.