***Join us in the Turtle Power live chat at 7:00 as Maryland takes on the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena.***
The Terps travel to Charlottesville to take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the first of two meetings this season as both teams try to rise from the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Maryland (12-7, 2-3 ACC) begins a two-game road trip after a badly-needed win over Clemson last Saturday afternoon. The Cavaliers (11-8, 2-3 ACC) are coming off a victory over Georgia Tech last Saturday, snapping a three-game losing streak in Tony Bennett’s second season as head coach.
Sophomore Jordan Williams will look to build upon his record 13th straight double-double, an achievement he reached against the Tigers last weekend. Williams also eclipsed the 500-rebound mark on Saturday, becoming just the third Maryland player and 20th ACC player overall to reach the plateau as a sophomore. Joe Smith and Buck Williams were the first two Terps to grab 500 career rebounds in their first two seasons in College Park.
The Cavaliers are led by senior guard Mustapha Farrakhan, who averages 13.0 points per game to lead their four-guard starting lineup. Seven-footer Assane Sene starts at center and will draw the task of containing the Terps’ star big man in the paint — not an easy task.
Tonight will also mark Gary Williams’ 700th game as head coach at Maryland.
This evening’s game can be seen on Comcast SportsNet with Michael Reghi, Ron Thompson, and Junior Burrough providing the call from Charlottesville. Join us in the Turtle Power live chat beginning at 7:00 and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@WNST) for the quickest updates and analysis.