Friday , Mar , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

ACC quarterfinals pits Boston College against Maryland

(Sports Network) – The 11th-ranked Boston College Eagles are seeded third in
the ACC Tournament, and they are set to battle the sixth-seeded Maryland
Terrapins in the quarterfinal round. Awaiting the winner of this clash is a
semifinal date with either Virginia or North Carolina. Maryland rolled to an
82-64 decision over Georgia Tech last night in the opening round. The
Terps lost seven of their last 11 games to close out the regular season, but
they certainly appear to be back on track. Maryland has won three ACC
Tournament titles, the most recent of which came in 2004.

As for Boston College, it has made the move from the Big East to the ACC and
is playing in this tournament for the first time. The Eagles closed out the
regular season with wins in three straight games and in eight of the last
nine contests. Maryland recorded a thrilling 73-71 decision over Boston
College early this season, and the Terps hold a 4-1 edge in the all-time
series between the teams.

Nik Caner-Medley led Maryland in scoring in 13 of the final 20 regular season
games and entered this tournament averaging a team-high 15.4 ppg. He certainly
didn’t have to carry the load alone this season, as Ekene Ibekwe, Mike Jones
and D.J. Strawberry all carry double-figure scoring averages into this event.

In the victory over Georgia Tech last night, Caner-Medley finished with 20
points, nine rebounds and five assists. Mike Jones posted 19 points,
Strawberry contributed 15 points and seven assists, and Ibekwe scored 10
points. The Terps connected on 51.9 percent of their field goal attempts in
the clash and limited the Yellow Jackets to 34.8 percent shooting. A 21-12
edge in points from the foul line and a 45-36 rebounding advantage also helped

Boston College relies heavily on its outstanding frontcourt duo to carry the
load, and Craig Smith and Jared Dudley are more than capable of getting the
job done. Smith, a First Team All-Conference performer, has earned that honor
in each of the last three seasons (two in the Big East). The power forward is
averaging 17.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg against conference foes and ranks among the
league leaders in seven categories. As for Dudley, a Second Team All-ACC
selection, he has posted 16.5 ppg and 6.6 rpg in league play. He led all ACC
players in minutes played, as he is averaging 38.1 minutes per contest. Tyrese
Rice, one of the ACC’s top freshmen, is scoring 8.1 ppg.