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DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 19, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Conte Forum (8,606) -- Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Television: ACC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Maryland 15-2, Boston College 9-6. Away Record: Maryland 2-4, Boston College 2-6. Neutral Record: Maryland 1-1, Boston College 0-2. Conference Record: Maryland 6-6, Boston College 3-9. Series Record: Series is tied, 6-6.
GAMES NOTES: Coming off a thrilling victory over then No. 2 Duke, the Maryland Terrapins will be locked in another Atlantic Coast Conference battle with the Boston College Eagles at Conte Forum on Tuesday night.
Seth Allen knocked down a pair of free throws with two seconds left in regulation to lift Maryland to an 83-81 win over the Blue Devils at the Comcast Center on Saturday. The victory was the third in the last four games for the Terrapins who are 18-7 overall, while owning an even 6-6 mark against ACC foes. The Terps are sitting right in the middle of the ACC standings with that league record and will look to continue to move up when they face Clemson on Saturday.
In another tight battle, Boston College bowed on the road to Florida State, 69-66, on Saturday. The setback was the third in the last four games for the Eagles who have had their last three outings decided by three points or fewer. The Eagles are one of the weaker teams in the ACC with an overall record of 11-14 and a 3-9 league mark that has them just a game ahead of last place Virginia Tech in the ACC standings. Boston College has a tough stretch ahead of it with its next two games on the road against Duke and NC State.
These teams already met once this season with Maryland earning a 64-59 win at the Comcast Center. The victory was the second straight for the Terps who evened the all-time series at 6-6.
In a back and forth game that featured five ties and 10 lead changes, Maryland was able to escape with a win over Duke. The Terps led by 10 points with 3:39 remaining but allowed the Blue Devils to tie the game as Duke went on a 14-4 run down the stretch before Allen's game-winning free throws.
Ball movement and solid shot selection have made Maryland one of the more efficient offensive teams in the ACC. The Terps rank second in the league in both assists (15.4 pg) and field goal percentage (.476) while scoring a healthy 71.9 points per game. The Terps couple their offensive success with strong defensive efforts as they hold teams to just 37.2 percent shooting. Cleaning the boards is another strength with the Terps bringing in the third most rebounds per game in the conference (42.1 pg). Anchoring the squad from the paint is 7-foot-1 center Alex Len (12.7 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 bpg), who scores and rebounds well, while also protecting the rim. Dez Wells (11.9 ppg) is the only other player in the squad scoring in double figures. Pe'Shon Howard (3.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) is the leading distributor and has been reinstated after serving a one-game suspension.
Boston College came up just short in Tallahassee on Saturday. The Eagles hit 9-of-16 shots from beyond the arc in the contest, but shot 44.4 percent overall, behind the 51-percent clip the Seminoles managed. Ryan Anderson posted a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Olivier Hanlan added 19 points for the Eagles.
As one of the top rebounders in the conference and the Eagles' leading scorer, Anderson (15.7 ppg, 8.6 ppg) has been able to post a number of double-doubles this season with Saturday's marking his seventh of the year. Hanlan (14.2 ppg) normally takes a more complementary role to Anderson but can clearly pile up the points from the perimeter. Both Joe Rahon (10.1 ppg) and Lonnie Jackson (9.7 ppg) have shown scoring potential but both shoot below 40 percent from the floor. Even with Anderson's efforts the Eagles are still one of the worst rebounding teams in the ACC (31.7 pg), ranking in the bottom quarter of the league in both points (67.1 pg) and field goal percentage (.435). Defensively the Eagles allow teams to shoot 45.1 percent from the floor and put in an even 68 points per game.
Maryland has to be careful not to let up after its big win on Saturday. Boston College may not be a team that has much to say in the ACC title race but can still be very dangerous. Expect the Terps to pull out a win, albeit a close one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 65, Boston College 62
02/19 10:34:39 ET
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