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Three things to watch

Later today, Maryland will take on Boston College at Conte Forum in what would seem to be a grand opportunity for the Terrapins. The Eagles are not in a good place right now. They don't seem to know who they are or how they want to play going forward in their ACC schedule. Maryland, meantime, has played well in each of its first two conference games. Here are a few things of which to keep track during today's contest:

1) Pace of play. Boston College does not force a lot of turnovers and would prefer to keep the game at a slow tempo with a low number of possessions for each team. That being the case, it would seem Maryland could create a significant advantage by creating defensive pressure, forcing their opponent into offensive miscues and running the floor in transition. The higher the pace, the better it would seem to benefit the Terrapins. Though they have performed better this season in their half-court offense, it would behoove the Terps to ratchet up the tempo on Saturday.

2) Jordan Williams. Depending on what starting lineup Boston College throws out there, this could be an opportunity for Williams to have a huge game. If the Eagles start 6-foot-10 center Josh Southern, Williams's primary objective early on should be to get Southern into foul trouble. That shouldn't be too difficult, as Southern is known to be foul prone. Feed the ball into Williams in the post and let him go right at Southern. If Southern is not in the starting lineup, Williams likely will be defended by 6-foot-8 forward Joe Trapani, against whom Williams should be physical enough to flourish. If he goes strong to the basket, Trapani isn't going to be able to contain him.

3) Reggie Jackson. No, the Terps aren't squaring off against Mr. October, but the Reggie Jackson they will face on Saturday is worth paying attention to nonetheless. Jackson (6-foot-3, 200 lbs.) scored 20 points off the bench for the Eagles on Wednesday at Duke. He had been starting for a while, but was moved back to a reserve role. Regardless, he's quick and physical and could be a challenge for Maryland's perimeter defenders. Of late, he's been Boston College's only consistent scoring option. Jackson has averaged 16.7 points in three ACC games for the Eagles. Limiting his offensive efficiency will be key to Maryland's success.

By Steve Yanda  |  January 16, 2010; 10:09 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Great all-around effort. Impressive win for the Terps!

Posted by: terpin | January 16, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

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