Boston College Looks to Avenge Earlier Loss as Maryland Visits the Heights

Steve AugerAnalyst IIFebruary 19, 2013

Jan 9, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Boston College Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan (21) before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Cassell Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston College Eagles (11-14, 3-9) return to action tonight when they welcome the Maryland Terrapins (18-7, 6-6) to the Silvio O. Conte Forum in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash.

Maryland emerged victorious in the first meeting between these two schools with a hard-fought 64-59 win after being tied at 29 at the half.

BC will try to regroup from a hard fought loss, 69-66, at Florida State on Saturday.  The Eagles had a chance to force overtime but Ryan Anderson’s three-point attempt in the waning seconds bounced off the front of the rim preserving the win for the Noles.

Maryland enters the contest having won three of its last four including a blow out of Wake Forest and an upset of then-ranked No. 2 Duke.

When these two teams met earlier this season in College Park, the Eagles had no answer for center Alex Len.  The sophomore scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds including five on the offensive glass.

Jake Layman (15 points) and Nick Faust (11 points) were also in double figures for the Terps while Dez Wells handed out eight assists in only 21 minutes of action.

The Terrapins also have plenty of depth to throw at BC.  Ten players saw the floor with only Len (34 minutes) logging more than 28 minutes.

Maryland also controlled the boards against BC holding a 37-29 edge as well as shooting well from beyond the arc.  They knocked down 7-of-17 three point attempts.

The Eagles were led by Ryan Anderson (19 points, seven boards) and Olivier Hanlan (18 points, seven rebounds, and five assists).

BC doesn’t have quite the depth Maryland does as four of its starters logged at least 34 minutes.

Boston College has now lost three of its last four games and nine of its last 12.  This is an important game for the Eagles since their next two contests are on the road at Duke and at North Carolina State.