It feels like Tyrese Rice has been at BC since before I was born. He’s like the Chris Weinke of ACC basketball. He’s like the anti-Brandon Jennings, as this time next year, he’ll be suing to stay in school.
Hey, I’m just kidding, old man. It’s okay to be a big fish in a small pond, and at BC they’re not much bigger than Rice. I guess this is all a compliment to him, because I’m ready for him to leave — Maryland is 2-4 against BC during his time there. Ugh. Anyway, Rice is a one-man gang out there for the Eagles, having led them in scoring in 11 of their 21 games this year, and in eight of their 15 wins. He’s currently fifth in the ACC in scoring and was first-team all-ACC last year. He was also on the ACC all-rookie team way back in 1985. Remember 1985? Back to the Future was a hit at the box office, and Huey Lewis and the News were dominating the charts. The Atari 2600 was mesmerizing households everywhere, that is, in between episodes of Family Ties. Alex P. Keaton…you never knew what he was gonna do next.
Back then, Rice was just getting used to the rigors of college scholar-athletics. It’s taken him a while, but what a great road it’s been. And hey, maybe it’s a little harder to find New Coke these days, but what can he say, he’s hooked. It’s the taste of his youth.
The 2008-2009 Eagles have been pretty uneven so far. They beat Carolina, but then lost to Harvard. That keyed a four-game skid, but they’re riding a two-game winning streak coming into the CP tonight. It’ll be a battle of one-man teams, basically. Rice vs. Vasquez. If Maryland doesn’t come out and show their bellies like a bunch of dead aquarium fish, that’ll be a start. Goterps.