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BC's new look: 3-5 in ACC

This is not your father's Boston College. In fact, it's not even last season's Eagles, who play in Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium today, then host N.C. State on Thursday.

With most of Boston College's stars gone, making for a baby-faced roster, the Eagles have departed from recent seasons. In the 2006-07 season, Boston College finished tied for second in the ACC with a 10-6 conference record, 21-12 overall.

Now, the Eagles -- minus Jared Dudley, who's with the Charlotte Bobcats, and Sean Marshall -- are just 3-5 in the ACC, 12-9 overall and searching for wins.

It's not the type of basketball BC coach Al Skinner is used to.

"Obviously, we're not playing particularly well right now," Skinner said before his team's 70-65 loss to Maryland on Wednesday.

"We just kind of have to regroup and find our way. This conference is not very forgiving when you're not playing well."

This, despite having one of the top scorers in the league and the league's top shot blocker.

Junior Tyrese Rice is second in the ACC with 19.5 points per game.

Freshman Rakim Sanders is 22nd with 12.3 points per game.

Senior center Tyrelle Blair blocks about four shots a game, also a league best.

But the most important Eagle against Duke's buzzing attack today may be Salisbury's Shamari Spears.

Skinner says he's finally starting to play well and "do the things he wants to do."

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