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December 11, 2006
Williams gets Boston College back on track
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Two weeks into the season, Boston College appeared to be one of the most overrated team in the country. Now, they're simply known as one of the hottest.
A five-game winning streak - capped by a 73-62 victory over Maryland (9-2) on Sunday night - is to thank for the change in perception.
Boston College (6-2) is playing more like a team that was ranked in the preseason top 25, not one that was upset by Vermont (77-63) and Providence (73-64) in November.
Center Sean Williams has sparked the turnaround. The 6-foot-10 junior was suspended for the first two games for violating team rules.
Williams provides a gigantic low post presence that the Eagles had been missing. Long known as a shot-blocking specialist, the big man is swatting six shots a game.
Williams has also emerged as a legitimate scoring threat. He is averaging 11.2 points a game, more than three times that of his 3.1 ppg average last season.
The offensive improvement has made Williams a triple-double threat. He scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked seven shots against Maryland.
Combine that production with that of versatile star Jared Dudley (19.3 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 3.9 apg), and the Eagles have a solid one-two punch.
Check out what other developments came about in What We Learned Last Week.
Andrew Skwara is the national college basketball writer for Rivals.com. Click here to send him a question or comment for his Mailbag.