NCAA Tournament: BC's Earl Grant Discusses Saturday's Late Sweet 16 Matchups

Boston College head basketball coach Earl Grant will be joining WBZ and CBSN throughout the NCAA Tournament as a guest analyst. Here he previews the Saturday's late games in the tournament.

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- Arkansas is taken on Oral Roberts. I had to tell my friends that Oral Roberts was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, because they obviously did not know where that school is from. Eric Musselman does his job extremely well when he brings a team in. Who do you like in that matchup between the Razorbacks and the Oral Roberts?

EARL GRANT: Yeah, I got to go with Arkansas, but Oral Roberts was very impressive in the last game they played. They really played well. They shared the ball. They had a good inside outside attack. But I think that Arkansas, their pace and their tempo, that up-tempo style of play will wear on Oral Roberts. I don't know if Oral Roberts will be able to keep up with that scoring. Arkansas scores in the 80s, so I'm going to give Arkansas the win in this one. But I think it'll be a good game.

- I feel when we talk about Syracuse as they're going to take on Houston they always seem to be on the fringe, but nobody sees the 2-3 zone when they get to the NCAA tournament, and it gives teams fits. What is it about Jim Boeheim-- and by the way, we're in Boston. There's a lot of Cuse fans here. Many of them. What is it about the 2-3 zone that gives people fits?

EARL GRANT: Well, it's so much length up front. They've got Buddy Boeheim up front. He's 6' 7", 6' 8". On the back line, they got 6' 9", 6'10". So it's hard to really penetrate. The best way to beat a zone is to penetrate the middle and get the ball around the basket and not just shoot 3's all the time. But I think one of the things about that zone because they're so long you can't typically work that zone on the interior which now means you have to make perimeter shots. And so if you can go out and make 12 to 15 3's in a game, yeah, you probably can beat them. But I really think you got to be able to make shots to beat Syracuse right now. You've got to be able to make some 3's and find a way to knock some shots down from the perimeter.

- Do you like Kelvin Sampson in Houston? Kelvin Sampson seems to win wherever he goes.

EARL GRANT: Yeah. Yeah. I've been following his career for about the last 20 years. When I got in coaching in 2000, I've been following him. I know he started out at Montana Tech and worked his way up. I know he's from Lumberton, North Carolina. He's a Lumbee Indian. And so I really been following him as a young coach, and I first got into the profession back in 2000. And so I admire how his teams play with so much toughness and so much grit. And so I'm pulling for Houston in this one, because I think they'll find a way to win this game.

- And finally, final question-- a little off the grid. What is it about the burlap sack when they put it on the muscles or the crabs that make it taste so much different than when they just sprinkle Old Bay?

EARL GRANT: Now, are you talking about the Charleston crabs or you talking--

- Yeah, the Charleston crab.

EARL GRANT: Well, the Charleston crabs, that's very authentic crab coming right out of the Atlantic Ocean, which I imagine we've got the same thing here. In the South, they believe in so much Cajun and so much seasoning. Sometimes they over season it, and so it's so spicy. And they put the garlic, and all the butter, and everything in it. So when you're from the South, whether you be from Charleston or even Louisiana, they like that Creole. They like that very [INAUDIBLE] stuff. Up here, I'm looking forward to getting me a pot of crabs or some kind of seafood fest here at some point and see what it's like. I don't have anything to compare it to, because I hadn't had a chance to experience it yet. But I'll definitely get to get to that at some point. Obviously, I'm about three weeks to a month away from that.

- OK. Thank you so much for joining us, Coach.