1. How many threes will Belmont hit?
This team shoots ’em early and often. During March I love to bring up the fact that Duke “lives and dies by the three.” Duke is actually the only team that has made more threes than Belmont since they joined D-1 in 1996. This is where upsets are born, outscoring UNC from behind the arch 46-3. The Cats CANNOT let Belmont reach their average of 9 made threes a game or it could be a LONG week.
A prediction: 8
2. Return of the Randle?
I never expected I would type the three words ‘Julius Randle struggles’ in a sentence, but the freshman is in the middle of a little slump after starting his career with a record-setting 8 consecutive double-doubles. The amount of zone has given him troubles as he adjusts to double-teams. Randle seemed a bit fed up during last week’s game, showing signs of frustrations in his body language. After a week of strictly practice, Julius’ discipline will make him more patient in the post, allowing him to distribute the ball better to the open man. Drew Franklin’s MVP will play like the Most Valuable Teammate today.
A prediction: 13 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 turnovers
3. Can the Cats cruise?
It’s been awhile since the #BBN had something to feel good about. Don’t think last week’s frustrating loss didn’t just upset the fans. With school out of the way for a couple of weeks, each and every one of these guys knows that fun time is over; there’s no more games, girls, or distractions, it’s just Coach Cal. They know that anything short of amazing will make the next few weeks close to a personal hell during practice, and they will go the distance to ensure Coach Cal doesn’t pay them special attention during the time. The last time the Cats were this hungry Boise State was blown away; don’t expect much different today.
A prediction: Cats: 89 Bruins: 62