Boston University (17-12) at Loyola-Maryland (21-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reitz Arena (3,000) -- Baltimore, Maryland. Television: None. CIT Record: Boston University 0-0, Loyola-Maryland 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 1-1.
GAME NOTES: Postseason action tips off for the Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds and the Boston University Terriers on Tuesday night, as the squads meet at Reitz Arena in Baltimore for the first round of the 2013 CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Boston University experienced a strong season, going 17-12 overall with an 11-5 mark in the America East Conference, but due to its impending move to the Patriot League for the 2013-14 season, it was barred from participating in the conference tournament. The Terriers closed out the regular season with a 71-55 loss to Stony Brook on Feb. 28, snapping a season-long, six-game win streak in the process.
After making the NCAA Tournament a season ago, Loyola has now qualified for the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time in its Division I history. The Greyhounds (21-11) had a disappointing showing in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament however, getting upset as the third seed in the quarterfinal round by sixth-seeded Manhattan, 55-52.
The all-time series between these two squads is even at 1-1, with Loyola posting a 69-56 win on Feb. 19, 2012 as part of the annual BracketBuster event.
The Terriers were not sharp in their latest game (which was nearly three weeks ago now), getting outshot from the field by Stony Brook in the 16-point home loss, 52.2 percent to 38.2 percent. Maurice Watson, Jr. led the way in the setback with 13 points and five assists, while D.J. Irving and Travis Robinson poured in 10 points apiece. It was a rare lackluster showing for BU, which typically makes nearly 45 percent of its field goal attempts in averaging 68.0 ppg, while at the same time surrendering just 64.3 ppg. Irving is the top scoring threat with 14.3 ppg, although his field goal percentage (.392) leaves much to be desired. Dom Morris tallies 11.4 ppg and 6.4 rpg and is much more efficient with his shot attempt (.566). Watson, Jr. brings 11.1 ppg to the table while dishing out 5.4 apg.
Although Loyola lost its quarterfinal-round matchup in the MAAC Tournament by just three points, it never led in the game and only cut its deficit to one on a single occasion. The loss spoiled a strong defensive performance as the team shot a mere 33.3 percent from the field. Dylon Cormier tallied team-bests with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Anthony Winbush netted 12 points in defeat. On the season, the Greyhounds boast a fairly modest offense with 66.9 ppg, but they are able to keep distance between themselves and opposing teams by yielding just 63.4 ppg. Cormier (16.5 ppg) and Erik Etherly (15.9 ppg) were one of the best scoring duos in the MAAC, with Etherly chipping in elsewhere too with 6.2 rpg, 1.5 spg and 1.0 bpg. Robert Olson adds 12.8 ppg to the mix thanks to a team-high 66 3-pointers.
Not only does BU have to make a trip south for this matchup, but it is coming off the longest layoff of any team in the tournament, which could result in some rust early on. Expect the Greyhounds to defend their home floor, and advance to the next round.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Loyola-Maryland 64, Boston University 58
03/19 10:39:12 ET