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Posted at 8:10 AM ET, 02/12/2011

Boston College expected to rain 3-pointers

By Liz Clarke

There was nothing subtle about the way Boston College beat Maryland when the teams met at Comcast Center Dec. 12 for the ACC season-opener for both.

They Eagles torched the Terps with 3-pointers. Fully half the shots they took--29 of 58—were launched from beyond the arc. And they connected on 13. Maryland, by contrast, made just three 3-pointers.

The Terps’ challenge remains largely the same Saturday afternoon in Boston, where the Eagles host Maryland in a 1 p.m. rematch, with both desperate to move up in the ACC standings in hopes of making the NCAA Tournament.

Boston College (15-9, 5-5) leads the league in 3-pointers made this season (218 total, or 9.1 per game). Biko Paris and Reggie Jackson account for 48 each. But they’re hardly the only deep threats. Senior forward Joe Trapani is sixth on the ACC’s current career 3-point field goal leaders, with 142.

Maryland (16-8, 5-4) ranks 11th in the 12-team ACC in 3-point production this season. (102 total; 4.4 per game).

The Terps’ shooting has shown improvement in recent weeks. In their 106-52 victory over Longwood, the Terps set season-highs for 3-pointers made (10) and 3-pointers attempted (28). Still, Maryland’s strongest suit remains its defense. And denying 3-point shots was a focus in practice this week.

“They try to come out and shoot a lot fo 3-point shots and try to, more so, attack in transition,” says Maryland’s junior guard Sean Mosley of the Eagles. “If they have a 3-point shot, they take it. So our defense will try to take them off the 3-point line and pressure them to make the extra pass.”

In the Dec. 12 meeting, Maryland led at the half, 41-39, but fell, 79-75, with the Eagles Corey Raji hitting the tie-breaking 3-pointer with 33.7 seconds remaining.

By Liz Clarke  | February 12, 2011; 8:10 AM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  | Tags:  Boston College basketball, Maryland basketball  
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Comments

C'mon Terps, gotta defend against the three to win this game!

Posted by: M20832 | February 12, 2011 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Can we please put the Stoglin vs Pe'Shon debate to rest? Pe'Shon is so clearly ahead of him. I like Stoglin, but M.V.Peeeshon is a future star.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was pathetic. Guess that Longwood game really helped get us ready. On to the NIT!

Posted by: petecard | February 12, 2011 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Crushing loss. We needed this game badly. Bowie continues to kill us in the big games. Miss layups, botched fast breaks, tentative shooting, and stupid fouls.

But the worst part of losing these days is the "Fire Gary" idiots sounding off on the blogs. Here they come...

Posted by: Barno1 | February 12, 2011 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Most teams have senior leadership. Aside from Gregory, we have none. The freshmen guards are smarter and better players than either Bowie or Tucker. Both were non-factors today, in arguably the Terps most important game of the year. Not sure why Gary had Bowie out there at the end. He's a reluctant shooter and poor defender.

Posted by: LeeM9308 | February 12, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

god I just hate that we will be going to the NIT for what seems like forever. Don't want gary's head but am starting to understand what the commenters mean when they talk about mediocrity. Hard to face fact that we just are not that good. Tucker was worse than Bowie today by far but who wants to argue that kind of situation. Neither senior came to play. Barno, do us all a favor and don't respond to every negative comment. It is was it is and we are pretty much a .500 team in a weak league.

Posted by: sjm3091 | February 12, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

god I just hate that we will be going to the NIT for what seems like forever. Don't want gary's head but am starting to understand what the commenters mean when they talk about mediocrity. Hard to face fact that we just are not that good. Tucker was worse than Bowie today by far but who wants to argue that kind of situation. Neither senior came to play. Barno, do us all a favor and don't respond to every negative comment. It is what it is and we are pretty much a .500 team in a weak league.

Posted by: sjm3091 | February 12, 2011 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Time to sit Bowie and Tucker down. Bowie was never good as a starter, but he could provide a spark for short spells occasionally. Tucker is a bust at this point. He is not Drew Nicholas, as hoped. Unless a tremendous run occurs, this team is not going to the tournament. Time to play the kids.

Posted by: Finnucane | February 12, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Barno, do us all a favor and don't respond to every negative comment."
-->Here's a tip for you then, sjm3091, skip over his comments. Everyone has the right to express their opinion including Barno.

Posted by: break20 | February 13, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

thanks for giving me a break, break20.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 14, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

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