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Boston College Eagles vs. Maryland Terrapins Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/12/13

Maryland Terrapins (5-4) at Boston College Eagles (3-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Conte Forum)

The Line: Boston College Eagles +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Maryland Terps travel to Boston College to play the Eagles on Thursday night.

The Maryland Terps dropped to 5-4 on the year after losing to George Washington 77-75 on Sunday. George Washington’s Maurice Creek hit a buzzer-beater to help the Colonials get the win over the Terps. At first, Maryland struggled to find a cohesive unit on offense against the Colonials pressure defense, as the Terps only had 7 assists in the entire game. Maryland shot only 39% from the field and a miserable 26% from three-point range. The Terps did make 20 free throws and shot nearly 77% from the charity stripe. Junior G Dez Wells scored a team-high 16 points, while sophomore F Jake Layman added 13 points and a team-high 6 rebounds. Junior F Evan Smotrycz chipped in with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Terps. Maryland put the Colonials on the line too many times, as George Washington made 26 of 33 attempts for the free throw line. On the year, Layman averages a team-high 14.4 points per game, while Wells averages 13.9. Smotrycz leads the team in rebounding with 7.3 boards per contest. The Terps are shooting just over 44% from the field on the year and 72.8 points per game. This will be Maryland’s second true road game of the year, dropping the first one to Ohio State by 16 points.

Boston College Eagles vs. Maryland Terrapins Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/12/13

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The Boston College Eagles dropped to 3-6 on the year after losing at USC 78-62 on Sunday. Boston College shot only 37.3% from the field and 25.7% from behind the arc. Junior F Ryan Anderson led the Eagles with 13 points, while sophomore G Joe Rahon scored 11 points and had a team-high 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Sophomore G Olivier Hanlan only had 6 points and 4 rebounds in the loss. On the year, Hanlan leads the team with 19.2 points per game, while Anderson is a close second with 18 points per game. Anderson also leads the team in rebounding this season, pulling down 6.4 boards per game. Overall, the Eagles offense hasn’t been bad, but not great, shooting 45.3% from the field on average and scoring 76.4 points per game. Boston College is not a great rebounding team and they are inconsistent on the defensive end of the floor. Boston College has played a pretty tough schedule thus far with loses to UMass, UConn, Purdue, and now USC under their belt. A few of the losses were blow outs but they did give UConn some trouble, only losing by two points in the end. This will be the Eagles fourth home game of the year; Boston College is 2-1 at home thus far.

These two teams split the series last year as both teams lost on their home court. Boston College and Maryland usually play one another close and that is why the spread is about even for this matchup on Thursday. Both teams have the ability to score quickly and often, with playmakers on both sides of the floor. I think Maryland is the better team right now and they will find a way to win a high scoring game.

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Maryland -2

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