Saturday, November 29, 2008

GAMEDAY: Boston University vs. Mount St. Mary's

Boston University comes into Saurday's game fresh off Tuesday's 83-75 victory against the rival Northeastern Huskies. Mount St. Mary's, while perhaps not quite as strong an opponent as Northeastern, are more than worthy and will provide another solid test for the Terriers.

The Mountaineers comes into the game sporting a 1-2 record with a win at Loyola (MD) and losses at Virginia Tech (by five) and George Mason (by 12). Considering Vermont's close losses to Maryland and George Mason, with the George Mason loss coming at home, Mount St. Mary's resumé is solid if not spectacular.

Last year's Northeast Conference champions return mostly intact. Chris Vann and his 14.4 points per game are gone, but diminutive guard Jeremy Goode and the rest of the Mountaineers' major contributors all return. Like the Terriers, Mount St. Mary's has historically been a defensively focused team, and though their offense is slightly ahead of their defense at this point of the season, don't expect that to necessarily be the case tonight.

BU's overall play has paralleled its shooting performances, perhaps peaking last Tuesday when the Terriers made 15 threes. Very few teams outside the major conferences can keep up with BU when its shooters get hot. What the Terriers have yet to show is an ability to outscore a quality opponent on a day where the shots aren't all falling.

With momentum from three consecutive wins, this is a golden opportunity for the Terriers to show another dimension to the rest of the conference. Against a team which doesn't make many mistakes -- the Mountaineers take care of the ball, rebound well, and don't take many unnecessary risks -- BU will need a quality performance to take home a win.

Projected Starting Lineups

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