Boston College Needs Someone Else to Step Up to Help Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson

By Jeff Kelly
Bob DeChiara – USA TODAY Sports

The 2013-14 season has gotten off to a rocky start for Boston College as the Eagles have opened the season with a pair of losses to Providence and Massachusetts. Both are decent teams, but for a Boston College team that has hopes of earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament this season, losses like that certainly won’t look good on the resume.

One of the biggest problems through two games is the fact that star players Olivier Hanlan and Ryan Anderson simply are not getting any help from their teammates. Both players have put up stellar numbers so far, but there’s a significant drop off in production after the duo.

If the Eagles are going to turn things around, they will need someone else to come to the forefront and become a third musketeer, so to speak; because as good as Hanlan and Anderson are, they cannot carry the team on their own.

In the season-opening overtime loss to Providence, Hanlan scored 23 points and Anderson had 21. Joe Rahon was solid with 13 points and five assists, but after that, the rest of the team combined to score just 18 points. Things got worse from there as the Eagles fell 86-73 to UMass, with Hanlan and Anderson once again carrying the load.

This time, it was Anderson who led the team with 22 points while Hanlan contributed 19. Patrick Heckmann came off the bench to score 11 points, but he was the only other player in double digits. Rahon was held to eight points, and other than Heckmann, the team got only five more bench points. To make matters worse, the team shot just 43.6 percent overall and got out-rebounded 44-27, a truly dismal performance on the boards.

Rahon should be the guy to step up and become the third guy, but he needs to gain a little more consistency. Now is certainly the time for the Eagles to figure out exactly who has the ability to step up and help shoulder some of the load carried by their two stars, with games against Toledo and Florida Atlantic upcoming.

The Eagles had better hope that they have things figured out after those games, because they host Connecticut following those two probable victories. If they can’t at least get to 2-2 after these next two games with that matchup against the Huskies looming, it could signal the beginning of a very long season for Boston College.

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