2013-14 Boston College Basketball: Maryland Game Thread (7:00 PM, ESPNU)

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Boston College and Maryland will open their ACC campaigns on Thursday night when the two sides meet for the final time in regular season conference play.

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Maryland Terrapins (5-4, 0-0 ACC) vs. Boston College Eagles (3-6, 0-0 ACC)

What: 2013-14 ACC home opener
Time: 7:00 PM
Date:
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Place:
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Arena: Conte Forum
Capacity: 8,606

TV: ESPNU
Announcers: Tom Hart (play-by-play), Len Elmore (color)
Radio: WEEI 850 AM, BCEagles.com
Radio Announcers: Jon Meterparel (play-by-play), Danya Abrams (color)
BC Basketball Twitter News Feed: @BCHoopNews
Join the Conversation on Twitter: #BCHoops #MDvsBC

Line: Boston College +1.5

Last Time Out: BC is coming off of a 78-62 loss to USC on Sunday.

Series: Boston College leads the all-time series 9-8.
First Meeting: Maryland 86, Boston College 63 (March 11, 1958)
Last Meeting at Conte Forum: Boston College 69, Maryland 58 (February 19, 2013)

Last Five Games:

W - Boston College 69, Maryland 58 (February 19, 2013)
L - Maryland 64, Boston College 59 (January 22, 2013)
L - Maryland 81, Boston College 65 (February 16, 2012)
W - Boston College 76, Maryland 72 (February 12, 2011)
W - Boston College 79, Maryland 75 (December 12, 2010)

Trends: The Eagles hold an 8-5 edge in the ACC series, including a 3-2 mark at Conte Forum. Maryland, like BC, has lost its last two outings -- both on the road (Ohio State and George Washington). According to ESPN's Daily RPI, Boston College (3-6) currently has the eighth toughest schedule in the nation.

Maryland's 2012-2013 Record: 25-13 (8-10 ACC), NIT Semifinals

Maryland's Probable Starters:

G - Varun Ram (Jr.) - 5-9, 150 lbs., Clarksville, Md. - 1.0 PPG, 1.2 RPG, 0.8 APG
G - Dez Wells (Jr.) - 6-5, 215 lbs., Raleigh, N.C. - 13.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.6 APG
F - Jake Layman (So.) - 6-8, 205 lbs., Wrentham, Mass. - 14.4 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.1 APG
F - Shaquille Cleare (So.) - 6-9, 265 lbs., Andros, Bahamas - 3.4 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.3 APG
F - Evan Smotrycz (Jr.) - 6-8, 230 lbs., Reading, Mass. - 13.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG

Boston College's Last Game Starters:

G - Joe Rahon (So.) - 6-2, 192 lbs., San Diego, Calif. - 12.0 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 3.2 APG
G - Lonnie Jackson (Jr.) - 6-3, 178 lbs., Valencia, Calif. - 6.3 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 2.2 APG
F - Alex Dragicevich (Jr.) - 6-7, 207 lbs., Glenbrook, Ill. - 6.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 1.1 APG
F - Eddie Odio (Jr.) - 6-7, 213 lbs., Miami, Fla. - 3.4 PPG, 2.6 RPG, 0.8 APG
F - Ryan Anderson (Jr.) - 6-8, 219 lbs., Lakewood, Calif. - 18.0 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.2 APG

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below. Go Eagles!

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