Friday, January 15, 2010

Struggling Eagles still dangerous

Boston College comes into the game against Maryland tomorrow having lost three out of four games including the last two by 16 and 20 points at Clemson and Duke. The Eagles have not protected their home court very well this year losing to Harvard, Rhode Island and Maine but the game against the Terps may be their best chance for a win until the calendar turns to February. After Maryland visits BC faces this stretch:

@ Miami

@ Virginia Tech

Clemson

Florida State

Duke

@ Wake Forest

@ Florida State

North Carolina

 

That is as tough a stretch as any team in the ACC. Al Skinner has a habit of getting his team to play better as the season goes along but unless they can stem the tide against Maryland it may be a prolonged losing streak for the Eagles.

Though much was made of Maryland outrebounding FSU and Wake Forest the Eagles will pose as significant a challenge on the glass as either of those teams. Boston College is first in the ACC in offensive rebound percentage (41.2%) lead by pogo stick Corey Raji who grabs 16.7% of the offensive rebounds available. The rest of team is big and physical and will challenge Maryland’s defensive rebounding to a greater degree than either FSU or Wake Forest.

If Maryland can increase the tempo of the game and get out in transition it makes a victory much more likely. The Eagles will try to play a half court game to ground down Maryland’s defense with their compact flex offense and offensive rebounding. As with Wake Forest Maryland is facing an opponent in BC that is aware of their difficult upcoming schedule and know how vital this home game is for them.

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