By Rich Manfredi - @PhillyOwl
Boston College gave us one of the first major upsets of the year on Saturday, taking down top-ranked Duke 89-84. Junior Jerome Robinson made a name for himself on the national stage, playing the role of the assassin for the Eagles. He drained five threes with no misses en route to a 24-point evening.
Teammate Ky Bowman got much of the praise in the big win, and yes, it was deserved… after all, he narrowly missed a triple double (30 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists). However, Robinson has been absolutely on fire as of late, which is especially impressive considering his rocky start to his season.
A 1/14 shooting performance against Sacred Heart on November 14th was the low point of Robinson’s sluggish start. A player who lives and dies with his jumper, he was hitting just 32.5% of his shots in Boston College’s first four games.
Something clicked internally for Robinson in the next game, an 82-61 thrashing of La Salle; he converted 8/14 of his shots and went 3/4 from downtown. Since then, the 6’6” guard who elicits thoughts of Klay Thompson on his catch-and-shoots has been absolutely on fire. Robinson is shooting 55.3% from beyond the arc in his last seven games.
You could feel the electricity in the building every time Robinson fielded a pass against Duke. Bowman is playing exceptional basketball as well, but he is playing the role of a (smaller) Rajon Rondo/Ben Simmons type as the jack-of-all-trades facilitator who can score if needed. Robinson is the purer scorer for BC.
At 5-2 in those last seven contests, it’s no coincidence that in the two losses, Robinson shot 25% and 35.3% from the field, respectively. Currently atop the ACC standings, it seems that if Robinson can maintain his hot hand, he (and the Eagles) won’t be leaving the spotlight anytime soon.
Rich probably loves the NFL too much, the NHL too little, and the NBA/MLB just the right amount.