Coming off of two wins at home against overmatched opponents, the Maryland Terrapins (16-8, 5-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a rematch against the Boston College Eagles (15-9, 5-5). The Eagles have lost five out of seven, including their last outing against the Clemson Tigers.
The Terps opened their ACC schedule against the Eagles in College Park, Md. in December but came up four points short. Maryland’s biggest issue was their free throw shooting. Since that game, the Terps have improved a bit from the foul line. Maryland plays some of the best defense in the country, but does, at times, have trouble scoring. Boston College was off to a hot start in conference, but has since slowed down as their defense has failed them.
Maryland forward Jordan Williams has been the key to the offense in recent games, dominating teams in the paint. Williams has gotten help from a variety of teammates all season long, including seniors Adrian Bowie and Cliff Tucker. Coming off the bench, freshman forward Haukur Palsson has been a mild contributor, but opened up the offense as well with some three-point shooting.
For the Terps to have thoughts of winning this game Saturday, they will need to shut down Reggie Jackson who scores 18 points per game. This is a winnable game and a game that will get Maryland closer to another NCAA Tournament berth, but if they don’t win this game, thoughts of the NCAA Tournament are a pipe dream.