The Boston Bruins are the only team in the country that can play with two offensive linemen and one defensive end, and they’ve got the best unit in the nation.
“We are the best defensive unit in college basketball,” said center Ryan Kelly, a six-foot-three guard from New Bedford, Mass.
The Bruins are No. 2 in the conference with an average of 14.7 points per game and are the top scoring team in America, averaging 30.3 points per contest.
They also have a No. 1 defense that leads the nation in scoring (13.8 per game), field goal percentage (55.7 percent), 3-point percentage (50.9 percent) and blocked shots (1,085).
“It’s about having a high-level of concentration,” Kelly said.
“We have that with our guys.
When we are in sync, we can execute the plays.”
The Bruins have also been among the most productive in terms of offensive efficiency, posting a league-best 29.4 points per 100 possessions and averaging a league leading 109.1 points.
Boston’s defense has been an issue for the Blue Jays, as they have scored an average 30.4 more points per 80 possessions than they’ve allowed.
With the help of the defense, the Blue Jackets are the fourth-best scoring team, averaging 27.2 points per 82 games.
But there is plenty of room for improvement.
In fact, it’s the second time in the past three seasons the Blue Jets have failed to crack the top five in the AP Top 25.
This year, they’re ranked 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th and 25th.
That should help the Blue Bombers get back on track.
Kelly, who played at Boston College from 2009-14, said he’s excited to be back in Boston.
After missing all of 2015 because of NCAA transfer rules, he said he was looking forward to the challenge of trying to help the Bruins get back to the postseason.
He’s also excited about having the opportunity to play with the Bruins again.
It was fun to be able to come back and help,” he said.
A lot of my teammates want to play together again and that’s something I’m really excited about.”
In terms of his new team, Kelly is looking forward “to working with a group of guys who are all-in on the same goal, to get to the next level and be able play for the national championship.”
For Kelly, who grew up a Bostonian, it was an opportunity to go to college again.
He said the program he loved was gone and it was time for him to step up.
For him, that means more.
“I was a player for six years,” Kelly continued.
“Now I have a different perspective on what it means to be a player.”