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BSJ Daily Briefing: BC keeps marching in ACC tourney, Patriots FA thoughts

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Good morning!

Some random thoughts after digging out from another storm (and apparently there's another on the way)....

  • Great stuff from the Boston College men at the ACC tournament as they downed fifth-seeded N.C. State 91-87 and will face the No. 4 seed, Clemson, at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
  • Great work by coach Jim Christian and the squad. This is the first time the Eagles have won two games at the tournament since 2006, and BC's 19 wins are its most since the 2010-11 season.
  • The Eagles are hot offensively, as they have averaged 83.5 points and 48.2 percent shooting over their past five games. Nic Popovic is averaging 17.5 points in the tournament.
  • Jerome Robinson is some player. He is the sixth Eagle to earn first team all-ACC honors, and he was runner-up for ACC player of the year.
  • As far as the NFL and free agency, I have a hard time seeing anyone trading for Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Not only is coming off a torn right Achilles, he just had a procedure on the other one. He'd be a much cheaper alternative before camp for the Patriots. Sign me up.
  • The Patriots are close to the cap room they would have needed temporarily to tag and trade Jimmy Garoppolo if they didn't trade him during the season. Releasing or restructuring Dwayne Allen will get them there. Funny how that worked out.
  • If you still maintain the Patriots couldn't do that (even thought they did it with Matt Cassel and could have worked out a Garoppolo trade at this combine, or at least knew where they stood), think about this. Bill Belichick thinks of everything right? He never does anything without a plan and various strategies for different situations that arise, right? So after not even entertaining any Garoppolo trades in the offseason, and trading Jacoby Brissett before the season, what would the Patriots have done had Tom Brady been injured this season and Garoppolo had to finish the year? They would have kept him, obviously, and if Brady was healthy again, would have tagged and traded Garoppolo. So why wouldn't they do that here.

Grading the Patriots is resuming again today: Sorry for the delay, but there were business issues I had to deal with so it got pushed to the side. But it's coming back strong today and for the rest of the week.

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BSJ Analytics: We have debuted a new feature at BSJ that I want to get rolling on and expand: BSJ Analytics. The first installment was on why the Bruins should target Ryan McDonagh at the trade deadline. Ideally, we'd have a weekly column on each of the four sports. So if this is your area and you'd like to get involved, send us samples of your writing and ideas for future columns to greg@bostonsportsjournal.com

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And away we go...

CATCHING UP

Patriots

As free agency approaches, sorting through what we know about the Patriots and RB Dion Lewis
Salary cap recap 03.07.18: Patriots end day with $23,369,188 in cap space
Patriots release TE Martellus Bennett
Could Patriots’ LB corps get a boost from likes of Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch?
First and 10: Brian Flores gets everything but the DC title

Red Sox

Red Sox Notes: J.D. Martinez has an uneventful debut; 3 things we learned; pitching schedule
Cora debates the possibility of an all-righthanded Red Sox bullpen
Live Coverage: Twins 8, Red Sox 1
Video: Spring Training Diary, Day 23

Bruins

Breakout and the Gretzky Curl: simple plays equal big things for Bruins
Bruins’ David Backes suspended three games for hit vs. Detroit’s Nielsen
Live Q&A: Joe McDonald on Bruins (Thursday 3 p.m.)

Celtics

Celtics are lightening the load on Jayson Tatum (and it’s paying off)
Notebook: Kyrie Irving expects to play vs. Wolves, Marcus Smart appeals fine
Completed Q&A: B-Robb on Celtics/NBA (3.7.18)

ON TAP

10:30 a.m.: Bruins pregame skate, TD Garden
1:05 p.m.
: Rays at Red Sox, NESN/WEEI (McAdam)
2 p.m.: Men's CBK — ACC Tournament: Boston College vs. NC State (ESPN2)
2:30 p.m.: Men's CBK — A-10 Tournament: UMass vs. George Mason (NBCSN)
2:30 p.m.: Men's CBK — Big East Tournament: Providence vs. Creighton (FS1)
3 p.m.: BSJ Daily Live Q&A — Joe McDonald on Bruins/NHL.
7 p.m.: 
Flyers at Bruins, NESN (McDonald)
8 p.m.: Celtics at Timberwolves, TNT

PARTING THOUGHT

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