Terps Kickoff ACC Against BC Today

12/11/2010 9:31:15 PM [Image flickrUrl="http://www.flickr.com/photos/insidemdsports/5245755654/" url="http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5248/5245755654_73344d8a22.jpg" align="Left" caption="Gary hopes to avoid loss number four today." credit="Inside MD Sports"  width="333" height="500" ]

On Sunday, the Terps have their fourth opportunity to beat a quality opponent this season.  Currently, the Terps are 0-3; but there are two big differences heading into the fourth fixture. 

1. The Terps are playing at the Comcast Center.
2.  It is the opener of the ACC schedule.

It can be argued that ACC games are always more important than the non-conference schedule.  That's a less convincing argument today because the ACC is not among the best conferences in the country as it has been in the past.  Big non-conference wins are now an essential piece for the resume if the Terps are to earn a Tournament invitation.  Our last opportunity for a win like that won't come until the Terps travel to face Villanova in Philadelphia in January.

There is no time for looking ahead as the Terps must focus on the quality opponent that will be walking into to Comcast at 4pm.  Scoff if you will; but the Boston College's RPI rating is in the teens and they possess wins against Big East, PAC-10, Big 12, and Big 10 opponents. 

The Eagles are led by point guard Reggie Jackson.  He's averaging nearly 20 points per game and he is shooting almost 50% from the three point line.  The Terps will need to chase Jackson relentlessly if we hope to contain him.  Maryland has the depth to do it.  Howard, Bowie, and Stoglin will need to be up in that grill all game long.

BC is not big.  6'8" Joe Trapani is the top interior player and he pulls less than 7 boards a game.  Translation: BC will see a steady diet of Jordan Williams for 40 minutes.  That means Jordan will need to stay out of foul trouble and he will need to be effective from the charity stripe.  If Jordan regresses into a College of Charleston-type performance; we will surely lose.
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