Greetings from Conte Forum

By David Scott - November 29, 2006

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Welcome to the Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College for tonight’s ACC/Big Ten challenge match-up between 2-2 BC and 6-1 Michigan State.

We’re about 90 minutes from tip and Conte is starting to buzz a bit. Student workers have already placed gold Gold Peak Iced Tea rally towels on all of the seat backs, so expect to see a sea of gold hankies flapping in the background of the game.

. . . The game tips at 7 p.m. on ESPN with Sean McDonough and Hall of Famer Bill Raftery on the call. That alone, makes the game worth watching. And we don’t say that lightly.

. . . Game Notes for both teams are available here for MSU and here for BC.

. . .Probably the first thing that will jump out at you is that Michigan State has been together three games longer. That may not seem significant, but we assure you it is - especially with the Spartans’ two games against Texas (a two-point win) and Maryland (a two-point loss). BC has not seen live action against a team of Michigan State’s toughness - very few have, of course.

. . . The game will surely be a sell-out and will present a completely different atmosphere than the one BC experienced in its Saturday afternoon win over Rhode Island. When Conte gets going (like it used to for a nice Syracuse game, or last year’s two-point loss to Duke), it is one rowdy gym.

. . . Even home court advantage, though, still doesn’t explain a 7 point spread favoring the Eagles. We don’t bet, we don’t encourage betting and we don’t claim to understand the nuances of betting. But we’re pretty close to 100 percent sure than BC isn’t seven points better than MSU.

Posted by David Scott at 05:17 PM on November 29, 2006

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