ACC Tournament: First Round: Virginia Vs. Boston College

Dean PriceContributor IMarch 10, 2010

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - FEBRUARY 20:  Rakim Sanders #15 of the Boston College Eagles takes a shot in the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels on February 20, 2010 at Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. The Eagles defeated the Tar Heels 71-67.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The first game of the ACC Tournament on Thursday is between Virginia and Boston College. Virginia is the 9th seeded team and Boston College is the 8th seeded team. This is a game between the only two ACC team without winning overall record.

The Virginia Cavaliers come into the tournament with a 14-15 overall and 5-11 conference record. They are coming off a strong showing in there season finale lost against ACC co-champion Maryland. The Cavaliers will be playing without sophomore guard Sylven Landsberg. Landsberg, who averages 17.9 points per game, is the team leading scoring.

For Virginia to win this game they will need the same type of performance from Jerome Meyinsse, Jeff Jones, and Sammy Zeglinski that they received against Maryland. Meyinsse led the Cavaliers in the loss with 17 points. Jones went 4 for 6 from behind the 3-point line and scored 16. Zeglinski scored 14 points and hit four 3-pointers. 

The Boston College Eagles come into the tournament with a record of 15-15 overall and a record of 6-10 in conference. The Eagles are entering the tournament off a bad 12 point lost to N.C. State. The Eagles will be led by ACC-Third Team player Joe Trapani. Trapani is the team leader in points with 14.6 per game and rebounds with 6.4 per game. Trapani will need a strong game to lead the Eagles to victory.

This will be the second time in two weeks that the Eagles have played the Cavaliers. In there last meeting the Eagles defeated the Cavaliers on senior night in Boston. The Eagles won 68-55.