Boston University (14-14) at Loyola-Maryland (19-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 19th, 12:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reitz Arena (3,000) -- Baltimore, Maryland. Television: None. Home Record: BU 6-5, Loyola-MD 9-2. Away Record: BU 7-8, Loyola-MD 10-5. Neutral Record: BU 1-1, Loyola-MD 0-0. Conference Record: BU 10-4, Loyola-MD 12-4. Series Record: Boston University leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: Both the Boston University Terriers and the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds try to gain ground on their respective conference leaders when the two teams meet this afternoon at Reitz Arena in Baltimore for a BracketBusters event.
Boston University has been incredibly streaky en route to its 14-14 record overall. The Terriers opened the season 0-4, then ripped off a four-game win streak before suffering a seven game-losing streak and then followed that up with seven straight wins. BU has cooled it with streaks lately, going 3-3 in its last six games, losing to New Hampshire in a 56-54 final on Wednesday, and the team is now third in the America East Conference standings with a 10-4 record.
Loyola-Maryland has been one of the best teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this season, going 19-7 overall and it is in second place with a 12-4 mark, one game behind Iona with two conference games remaining. The Greyhounds had won seven straight before falling into an untimely two-game slide last week, losing to Fairfield on Sunday and Marist on Wednesday.
This bout marks just the second time these two teams will meet on the hardwood, with BU winning the first, 71-51, on December 27, 1996.
Boston University has the AEC's second-best scorer on its side in Darryl Partin, who nets 19.9 ppg and has drained 62 three-pointers on the season. Partin continued his impressive run in the recent loss to New Hampshire, pouring in 20 points but did so on just 6-of-17 shooting from the floor. Even with a great scorer like Partin, the Terriers still possess a fairly modest offense, scoring 64.4 ppg on 42.5 percent shooting overall. Part of the reason for that is the lack of playmakers surrounding Partin, as D.J. Irving (11.6 ppg, 5.4 apg) is the only other consistent threat for the squad. Dom Morris had one of his best games of the year in Wednesday's loss, hitting a career- high 17 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds, though the Terriers shot only 40 percent from the field in the game. BU gives up a respectable 64.5 ppg to its opponents, resulting in a scoring margin that is nearly even.
Loyola's solid offensive attack generates 67.3 ppg, though at times struggles with efficiency, connecting on just 41.7 percent of its total shots, which includes a 33.3 percent effort on three-point attempts. The Greyhounds feature a balanced approach, led by Dylon Cormier with 13.8 ppg and Erik Etherly at 13.3 ppg to go with his team-high 7.6 rpg. Robert Olson (11.6 ppg) and Justin Drummond (11.1 ppg) also chip in on a consistent basis, with Olson draining an impressive 44.3 percent of his three-point tries. Loyola is coming off one of its worst overall outings of the season against eighth-place Marist, as it shot just 31.2 percent from the floor while allowing the Red Foxes to make good on 44.9 percent of their total shots and 22-of-26 of their free-throws. Shane Walker logged a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, but struggled from the floor (6-of-19). Cormier added 11 points but the rest of the team combined for only 27.
Loyola hasn't been sharp lately, but its record at home has been impressive while BU has been sub par on the road. The Greyhounds will get back on track at Reitz Arena and register their 20th win of the season.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 68, Boston University 62
02/19 10:53:35 ET