Boston College expected to rain 3-pointers
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.
| February 12, 2011; 8:10 AM ET
Categories: Men's basketball | Tags: Boston College basketball, Maryland basketball
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