Boston College Heads to Devils' Den for Rematch with Duke

Steve AugerAnalyst IIFebruary 24, 2013

Feb 19, 2013; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Maryland Terrapins guard/forward Jake Layman (left) and Boston College Eagles guard Olivier Hanlan (21) battle for a loose ball during the second half at Conte Forum.  The Boston College Eagles won 69-58.   Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston College Eagles, fresh off a home win over the Maryland Terrapins, travel to Durham, NC today looking for payback against the No. 6 Duke Blue Devils.

When these two teams met two weeks ago at BC, the Devils survived a nail biter to claim a 62-61 road victory.  The Eagles had a chance to win the game in the waning seconds, but Olivier Hanlan’s jumper from just inside the foul line was wide of the rim.

BC comes into the game looking to capitalize on the momentum from its win against the Terps.  The Eagles trailed by seven at the half but outscored Maryland by 18 points, 43-25 after the intermission.

In the loss to Duke, Mason Plumlee was a thorn in the Eagles’ side with 19 points and 10 boards including the go-ahead free throw that turned out to be the final margin of victory.  Boston College will have to find a way to avoid another dominating performance by Plumlee if it hopes to leave Cameron Indoor with a win.

Guards Seth Curry and Quinn Cook were a sizzling 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.  BC will have to do a much better job of containing Duke’s three-point shooters.

Hanlan led the charge for BC with 20 points including 11-of-12 from the free throw line.  Forward Ryan Anderson was his usual dependable self, notching 17 points on 8-of-14 from the floor and grabbing a team-high six boards. 

Anderson should try to emulate Hanlan’s performance this time around as the sophomore only attempted two free throws.  A player as skilled as he is should be able to get to the charity stripe with more regularity.

If BC is to pull the upset, Hanlan and Anderson need more help from their teammates, namely Joe Rahon and Lonnie Jackson.

The two guards suffered through a miserable performance in the first meeting as they combined for a mere eight points on 4-of-16 from the floor.  Rahon had an especially tough day, missing 9-of-12 shots including all four of his three-point attempts.

BC took exceptional care of the ball in the first meeting against Duke committing only 12 turnovers.  The Eagles will need another exemplary performance in the ball security department. Duke feasts on converting turnovers into points.  BC needs to avoid allowing Duke to score in spurts and limiting turnovers is one way to accomplish that feat.