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2013 ACC/BigTen Challenge: Boston College at Purdue GameThread

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge in 2013 might be decided in Mackey Arena.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

This is a huge swing game not just for the Big Ten int he ACC/Big Ten Challenge, but for the Purdue season as a whole. All successful Purdue seasons are built on defending our home court. So far Purdue has done that and is 5-0 in the friendly confines of Mackey Arena.

If 20 wins is the benchmark for a realistic NCAA chance Purdue can do itself a huge favor by going something like 15-2 at home in the 17 home games. That would include some wins over good opponents in Big Ten play and hopefully avoid any damaging losses like NKU would have been.

Boston College faces an uphill challenge for the NCAA Tournament, but since they play in a major conference their RPI will likely hover in the top 100 as long as they have a respectable season, thus making Purdue look good.

The Boilers missed on two chances for a decent win in Orlando. It can't miss on a third here.

Projected Starters:

Purdue Boilermakers (6-2)

Boston College Eagles (3-4)

Terone Johnson - Sr.

Alex Dragicevich - Jr.

Ronnie Johnson - So.

Ryan Anderson - Jr.

Basil Smotherman - Fr.

William Magarity - Fr.

Errick Peck - Sr.

Olivier Hanlan - So.

A.J. Hammons - So.

Joe Rahon - So.

Series With Purdue:

Series Tied 2-2