ACC Opener for BC and Maryland is 100 Minutes Away

By David Scott - December 10, 2006


CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - Welcome to the Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College for tonight’s ACC match-up between No. 22/23 Maryland (9-1) and Boston College (5-2). It is the ACC opener for both schools and the first trip ever for the Terps to Conte.

The game is being broadcast locally by NESN and nationally by Fox SportsNet with Tim Brando on Play by Play, Mike Gminski on color and Jenn Hildreth (a former sportswriter, even) providing Sideline reporting.

. . . Maryland game notes are here and Boston college notes are here.

. . . It’s homecoming night for the Terps on a number of fronts:

1. Maryland head coach Gary Williams was BC’s head coach from 1982-86. He led the Eagles to a 76-45 (.628) record and two NCAA Regional Semifinal appearances.

Williams, the 2002 National Coach of the Year when his Terps won it all, went to Ohio State for three seasons after BC and then, in 1989, took over at Maryland.

2. Terps assistant coach Michael Adams played point guard at BC from 1981-85, the final three for Willaims. Adams remains the fifth leading scorer in school history (1,650 pts) and had his jersey retired in 1999.

3. Maryland senior guard (and 3-point shooter) Mike Jones hails from nearby Dorchester, Mass. and attended Thayer Academy in Braintree (also nearby).

Jones is one of several recent Massachusetts hoops recruits, who according to the Hoopville honcho, Phil Kasiecki, have helped transform the image of Massachusetts into a hotbed for high school talent. Last season, the story of Newton North teammates Corey Lowe (Boston Univerisity’s leading freshman scorer) and Anthony Gurley (contributing at Wake Forest) also helped in elevating the status of the Bay State.

4. (and this one is a reach, but it will likely be trotted out at some point this evening) DJ Strawberry, the special playmamker for Maryland, is the son of a guy who used to hear it form the fans in Boston - Daaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrr - yylllllll. (Darryl.) His Mets beat the Red Sox for the Mookie Wilson/Bill Buckner 1986 World Series.

. . . Interesting to note, neither Williams nor Adams has ever coached or played in Conte Forum, which opened its doors in the fall of 1988.

. . . Since a Thanksgiving Eve loss to Providence, BC has won four games in a row over Rhode Island, Michigan State, UMass and Fairfield.

. . . The Terrapins are off to their best start through 10 games since the 1998-99 campaign when Maryland jumped out to a 10-0 start. The Terps finished that year with 28-6 record and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.

Posted by David Scott at 04:47 PM on December 10, 2006
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