Destination College Basketball

February 22, 2006|By PAUL MCMULLEN

Inside the ACC

Game to Watch

No. 11 Boston College at No. 15 N.C. State

When -- Saturday, 3:45 p.m.

TV -- Chs. 13, 9

The point -- It's a big week for the Wolfpack, which could jump up to a No. 2 or 3 seed in the NCAA tournament by avenging a loss to North Carolina tonight in Raleigh and then completing a sweep of the Eagles. On Jan. 10, N.C. State scored an 18-point win at Boston College that established the Wolfpack as the second-best team in the conference, but the Eagles had won 10 of 11 before last night's loss at Virginia. Ilian Evtimov, N.C. State's senior forward, has been out with a sprained ligament in his left foot.

SMITH LIKES ROAD

The point -- As expected, Boston College should get one of the four first-round byes in the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C. Senior forward Craig Smith has found the road to his liking. Heading into last night's game at Virginia, Smith had made 72.5 percent of his field-goal attempts in road games. Smith could end his career No. 2 all-time in scoring and rebounding at BC.

TROUBLE FOR TERPS

The point -- The committee that selects at-large teams and seeds everyone in the NCAA tournament adjusted its computer program to place a greater premium on road wins before last season. Maryland wishes it hadn't. The Terps have the worst road and neutral-floor record among the top 80 teams in Ken Pomeroy's online replica of the Rating Percentage Index. Tonight the Terps are at Florida State, a team that would look a lot better if not for narrow home losses to North Carolina and Miami.

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