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Maryland hosts Niagara in NIT play Tuesday

Posted on 18 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (22-12, 8-10 ACC) vs. Niagara  (19-13, 13-5 MAAC)

National Invitation Tournament – First Round

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #35 • Home Game #20 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN2 – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

 

Storyline

• Maryland opens play in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament when it takes on Niagara in Comcast Center Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Terrapins are returning to postseason play for the first time since 2010, when they advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

• The Terps are appearing in the NIT for the eighth time in school history and hold an 11-6 record in the tournament. Maryland owns one NIT title, in 1972, when they defeated Niagara in the championship game 100-69. That is the only time the two schools have met.

• The NIT appearance marks the ninth time in the last 11 years that head coach Mark Turgeon has led his team to the postseason. Turgeon led Wichita State to the NIT in 2003, 2004 and 2005, and the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2006. He then led Texas A&M to the NCAA second round all four of his years in College Station (2008-11).

• Dez Wells led Maryland to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend, averaging 22.0 points per game en route to first team All-Tournament honors. The sophomore had a career-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 83-74 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Duke, making all 10 of his free throw attempts while adding six rebounds and three assists. Over the past seven games, Wells is averaging 19.1 points per game on 55.6 percent shooting.

• Alex Len and Nick Faust also had solid tournaments, with Len averaging 13.7 points per game and Faust averaging 12.3 points per game. Len had his second career 20-point game in the semifinal against North Carolina when he finished with 20 on 5-of-7 shooting and 10-of-12 free throws. Faust has come on strong towards the end of the season, having averaged 13.1 points per game over the last eight games.

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Your Monday Reality Check: Don’t attempt to rationalize NIT disappointment

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Your Monday Reality Check: Don’t attempt to rationalize NIT disappointment

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Glenn Clark

After a furious second half comeback fell just short in a 72-69 loss to then #3 Kentucky in Brooklyn in early November, I asked University of Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon about whether the experience was the next stop in a process of learning how to win for a young basketball team.

Turgeon didn’t mix words in his response, and in the process created a standard that he has since been judged by in just his second season at the helm in College Park.

“We’re gonna win, and we’re gonna win this year. We just didn’t win tonight. I can promise you that.”

He had the chance to slow down or perhaps say something more along the lines of coachspeak terms before wrapping up the answer and postgame press conference, but instead Turgeon looked right back at me and repeated the sentiment.

“We’re gonna win. We’re gonna win.”

Turegon has been known for his honesty, which at times has drawn the ire of Terrapins who believe he should do more to protect his players in the media even if he’s frustrated with them on or off the court behind closed doors. Others have found the coach’s willingness to avoid hyperbole and instead answer questions directly praiseworthy.

On this particular night at the Barclays Center, Turgeon probably didn’t need to be quite so honest. Unfortunately for him, the tone had been set and the success of his second season would be judged against the statement.

Perhaps Turgeon should have qualified his statement by saying something along the lines of “we’re gonna win…at least a couple of times against Duke.”

Maryland is headed back to the NIT for the fourth time in the last nine seasons, only three of which have ended in the NCAA Tournament. They’ll play Niagara Tuesday night in Turgeon’s first postseason appearance since his arrival from Texas A&M, in front of what will likely be a small and hardly inspired crowd at Comcast Center.

Some will attempt to rationalize Maryland’s postseason fate by saying things like “this is a team that came on late and could make a charge through the Tournament” or “perhaps the Terps will use their NCAA Tournament snub to play inspired basketball” or “this will be a good chance for a young team to prove how much progress they’ve made going into next season.”

The truth is that Maryland went just 3-3 after February 28, no progress at all from their 4-4 record from January 30 to February 28. They only appeared to have made some significant progress because they managed to score a second victory over Duke in the ACC Tournament, clearly benefitting from a favorable matchup (partially based on Mike Krzyzewski’s unwillingness to abandon man on man defense) and a hot night from sophomore G Dez Wells.

The Terps did manage to defeat a woeful Wake Forest team and hang with North Carolina until late in Greensboro as well, but neither was drastically different than what we saw from this Maryland team the rest of the season. The Terps beat bad teams more often than not (losses at Georgia Tech and Boston College withstanding) and lost a number of other games against better opponents by close margins thanks to missed opportunities.

There are a number of concerns related to Maryland basketball that remain unaddressed. Many of the questions are related to Turgeon’s in-game decision making, punctuated by the team’s performance coming out of timeouts. (If you’ll remember, Maryland had called a time out at the end of the loss to UNC just before Logan Aronhalt tossed up one of the wilder last second three point attempts you’ve seen. It was particularly troubling because the Terps weren’t quite in their last seconds at that point.)

Many of the questions are related to the uneven performance of Maryland players. Center Alex Len has lacked toughness regularly, a concern that a trip to the NIT won’t help for a player most likely NBA bound in a matter of weeks. Guards Dez Wells and Nick Faust have had flashes of brilliance (Wells more often than Faust), but neither has maintained consistency. The group of players that have attempted to man the point guard position have played up to a level south of adequate.

The best thing to come from a NIT appearance will be extra practice time for Turgeon, a phenomenon akin to a college football team reaching a low level bowl game somewhere in Idaho.

Turgeon did himself no favors with his early season proclamation. The Terps did technically “win”, but did so against one of the worst non-conference schedules in all of college basketball and minimally against a conference that featured fewer NCAA Tournament teams than the Mountain West Conference. The wins over Duke provided moments of joy, but meant little as far as gauging the overall state of the program in comparison to a combined 0-5 record against fellow NIT teams Virginia, Florida State and Kentucky.

It’s easy to say that a run through the NIT would be preferred to a first round exit at the hands of their MAAC opponent Tuesday night, but it’s important to not be fooled by any success. This team appears to be closer to a turnaround than they were a year ago, but they’re still quite a bit away with the fear of future Selection Sunday disappointment quite real.

Happy March Madness.

-G

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Maryland opens ACC Tournament Thursday night against Wake

Posted on 13 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (20-11, 8-10 ACC) vs. Wake Forest  (13-17, 6-12 ACC)

ACC Tournament – First Round

Thursday, March 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #32 • Neutral Site Game #3 • Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum

TV: ESPNU – Dan Shulman (Play-by-Play), Sean Farnham (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-By-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst). The game will be broadcast on WDCA in Washington, D.C., and WNUV in Baltimore.

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland begins play in the opening round of the 60th annual ACC Tournament in Greensboro when it takes on Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Terrapins are the No. 7 seed and the Demon Deacons are the No. 10 seed, and will be meeting in the opening round for the second straight year. Last season, Maryland defeated Wake Forest 82-60. The winner of Thursday’s game moves on the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Duke Friday at 7 p.m.

 

• The Terps are the seventh seed in the ACC Tournament for the 11th time (3-7 record). Maryland is 6-3 in matchups with Wake Forest, having won six straight. The Terps lost their first three tournament meetings with the Demon Deacons (1954, 1961, 1963), but started a six-game winning streak starting with the 1973 semifinals. The other wins have come in 1984, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012.

 

• Sophomores Dez Wells and Nick Faust have provided the majority of the scoring for Maryland recently. Wells is averaging 17.0 points per game over the last four contests and Faust is averaging 13.6 points per game over the last five. In the 61-58 overtime loss at Virginia on Sunday, Faust had a team-high 15 while Wells turned in his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

• Sophomore center Alex Len earned honorable mention All-ACC on Monday in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Len, who ranks second in the league with 60 blocks, was also named to the All-ACC Defensive Team. The Antratsit, Ukraine, native is averaging 11.8 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.

 

• After holding Virginia to 36.8 percent shooting on Sunday, Maryland finished the regular season ranked first in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goal percentage defense. Opponents have shot just 37.9 percent this season, and the Terps held 11 of 18 league opponents under the 40 percent mark.

 

Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 68-56, which dates back to 1952-53. The Terps have won 11 of 13 since 2006, and six straight.

 

• In the ACC Tournament, the Terps have won six in a row over Wake, with the Demon Deacons’ last win coming on Feb. 28, 1963. All-time at the ACC Tournament, Maryland leads 6-3.

 

• Maryland has won all four meetings with Wake Forest since Mark Turgeon took over as head coach, by an average margin of 16.0 points per game. In addition to the 86-60 win at home and the 67-57 win on the road this season, the Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 70-64 at home on 1/11/2012 and 82-60 on 3/8/2012 in the ACC Tournament first round.

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Len picks up All-ACC honors

Posted on 11 March 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland sophomore center Alex Len received honorable mention All-ACC and was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team, both of which were announced on Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.

Len is joined on the defensive team by Miami’s Shane Larkin and Durand Scott, Georgia Tech’s Daniel Miller and Virginia’s Jontel Evans.

The Antratsit, Ukraine, native ranks second in the conference with 60 blocks and recorded at least one in 28 of 31 regular-season games. He’s helped Maryland control the paint, where the Terps have outscored opponents by an average of 36.8 points to 24.0 points.

Maryland has also limited opponents to 37.9 percent shooting this season, a mark which leads the league and ranks 10th nationally. Len and the Terps held 11 of 18 ACC opponents under 40 percent shooting, including five under 35 percent.

Len ranks second on the team with 11.8 points per game and fifth in the ACC with 8.1 rebounds per game.

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Maryland wraps regular season with trip to Virginia Sunday

Posted on 10 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (20-10, 8-9 ACC) at Virginia (20-10, 10-7 ACC)

 

Sunday, March 10, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET

Game #31 • Road Game #10 • Charlottesville, Va. • John Paul Jones Arena

TV: ESPNU – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Jay Williams (Analyst) & Paul Carcaterra (Sidelines)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland closes the 2012-13 regular season when it visits border-rival Virginia Sunday at 6 p.m. Following a 79-68 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday – just the third home loss of the season for Maryland – the Terps hope to even their conference record at 9-9 with a win over the Cavaliers.

 

• Maryland, which enters the weekend tied for sixth in the ACC with Florida State, will either be the No. 6 or No. 7 seed at the ACC Tournament. If Florida State beats NC State on Saturday, the Seminoles will earn the No. 6 seed as they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Maryland. Should Florida State lose and Maryland win, the Terps would earn the No. 6 seed.

 

• Continuing his strong play as of late, Dez Wells scored a team-high 18 points while adding six rebounds, a season-high three steals, two blocks and two assists in the loss to North Carolina. Over the past three games, the sophomore is averaging 18.7 points per game, including a 23-point effort on 11-of-12 shooting at Wake Forest on March 2. Wells now leads the team with 12.2 points per game and is shooting 53.8 percent from the field, a mark which ranks eighth in the ACC.

 

• Nick Faust has also increased his scoring recently, having averaged 13.3 points per game on 62.5 percent shooting (20 of 32) over the past four games. The sophomore has also knocked down 46.7 percent of his 3-pointers (7 of 15) during that stretch.

 

• In the first meeting against Virginia, the Cavaliers came away from College with an 80-69 win after shooting 54.2 percent, the best mark by a Maryland opponent this season. Wells (13) and Seth Allen (11) scored in double figures for the Terps, while Joe Harris had 22 to lead a group of four Cavaliers in double figures.

 

Maryland-Virginia Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Virginia, 106-72, which dates back to 1924. Virginia holds a 43-35 advantage at home.

 

• Virginia is currently on a four-game winning streak and has a 6-4 advantage over the past 10-games. Maryland swept the two-game season series in 2009-10, and won the first game of the series in 2010-11, before Virginia went on it’s current streak. The Cavs won 75-72 in overtime at Comcast Center last year.

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Terps try to keep Tournament hopes alive Wednesday against UNC

Posted on 05 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (20-9, 8-8 ACC) vs. North Carolina (21-8, 11-5 ACC)

 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #30 • Home Game #19 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN – Dan Shulman (Play-by-Play), Dick Vitale (Analyst) & Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)
Storyline

• Maryland concludes the home portion of the 2012-13 regular season when it plays host to North Carolina Wednesday at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the Terps will honor their two seniors, Logan Aronhalt and James Padgett.

• Last Saturday, Maryland got its 20th win of the season with a 67-57 victory at Wake Forest. Dez Wells continued his strong play on the road by pouring in a game-high 23 points on 11-of-12 shooting. The sophomore is averaging 16.6 points per game in nine road contests this season and is tied with Alex Len for the overall team lead with 12.0 points per game.

 

• For the first time since the Delaware State game on Dec. 29, Maryland used a starting lineup of Pe’Shon Howard, Nick Faust, Dez Wells, James Padgett and Alex Len. The Terps, who are 10-1 with that group starting, held Wake Forest to 32.7 percent shooting while recording a season-high 11 steals and forcing 18 turnovers. Maryland is allowing its opponents to shoot just 37.7 percent, which leads the ACC and ranks 10th nationally.

• The Terps have been at their best at home this season, accumulating a 16-2 record including wins over then-No. 14 NC State on Jan. 16 and then-No. 2 Duke on Feb. 16. Maryland is shooting 50.5 percent in Comcast Center and averaging 17.5 assists per game, and four players are averaging at least 9.0 points per game: Alex Len (12.8), Seth Allen (9.3), Dez Wells (9.3) and Nick Faust (9.0).

• With snow in the forecast for Wednesday and with the Terps wearing “White Ops” Under Armour uniforms, Wednesday’s game is being billed as a “White Out,” with fans encouraged to wear white to the game.

 

Maryland-North Carolina Series History

• Maryland trails the all-time series 57-119, which dates back to 1924. North Carolina has a 46-37 advantage in College Park, though Maryland has won six of nine at Comcast Center. The Tar Heels have won five straight overall in the series. Maryland’s last win came on Feb. 7, 2010.

• The series has seen a variety of streaks over the past 10 years. Maryland won five of six from 1/9/2002 to 1/14/2004, and then Carolina won five straight from 2/15/2004 to 2/26/2006. The Terps then won four of five from 2/25/2007 to 2/7/2010 before the Tar Heels started their current five-game winning streak.

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Maryland looks for 20th win Saturday at Wake Forest

Posted on 01 March 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (19-9, 7-8 ACC) at Wake Forest (12-15, 5-10 ACC)

Saturday, March 2, 2013 • Noon ET

Game #29 • Road Game #9 • Winston-Salem, N.C. • Veterans Memorial Coliseum

TV: ACC Network – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play) & Cory Alexander (Analyst). Locally, the game can be seen on WTTG (Fox 5) in Washington, D.C., and WNUV (The CW) in Baltimore.

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

• Coming off a 78-68 setback at Georgia Tech on Wednesday, Maryland looks to bounce back on the road when it visits Wake Forest Saturday at noon. The Terps have won five straight against the Demon Deacons, prevailing by an average margin of 18.8 points per game in that winning streak.

• In the first meeting with Wake Forest this season, Maryland used 67.3 percent shooting – the fifth-best single-game mark in program history – to win 86-60. The Terps used a balanced scoring attack, with six players scoring in double figures: Logan Aronhalt (13), Seth Allen (12), Jake Layman (12), Alex Len (12), James Padgett (12) and Dez Wells (11). Maryland assisted on 21 of 35 field goals in that game and shot 68.8 (11-16) percent from 3-point range.

• Dez Wells continued his strong play on the road with 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go along with four assists at Georgia Tech. Wells leads Maryland in scoring in road games this season, averaging 15.8 points per game on 57.6 percent shooting. He also has a team-high 55 assists in conference play (3.7 per game).

• Also reaching double figures at Georgia Tech were Alex Len (13 points), Seth Allen (12) and Nick Faust (10). Maryland shot 42.9 percent in the game, but allowed the Yellow Jackets to shoot 51 percent, as they became  just the third team this season to exceed the 50 percent mark against the Terrapins. On the season, Maryland is holding opponents to 37.9 percent shooting, a mark which leads the Atlantic Coast Conference and ranks 11th nationally.

• A corps of young players continue to lead Maryland, as seven of the 10 players in the regular rotation are underclassmen, and 80 percent of the scoring coming from underclassmen. Maryland’s top four scorers – Alex Len, Dez Wells, Nick Faust and Seth Allen – are underclassmen.

 

Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 67-56, which dates back to 1952-53. The Terps have won 10 of 12 since 2006, and five straight.

• Maryland has won the three meetings with Wake Forest since Mark Turgeon took over as head coach, by an average margin of 18.0 points per game. In addition to the 86-60 win earlier this season, the Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 70-64 at home on 1/11/2012 and 82-60 on 3/8/2012 in the ACC Tournament first round.

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Maryland faces another key test Wednesday at Georgia Tech

Posted on 26 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (19-8, 7-7 ACC) at Georgia Tech (14-12, 4-10 ACC)

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #28 • Road Game #8 • Atlanta, Ga. • McCamish Pavilion

TV: ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-by-Play) & Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst) Flagships
Storyline

• Maryland heads down the final stretch of the regular season as it travels to Georgia Tech for what will be the first of three road games over the next 12 days. The Terps improved to 19-8 overall and evened their conference record at 7-7 with a 72-59 win over Clemson last Saturday, behind a season-high 18 points from Nick Faust.

• Against the Yellow Jackets, Maryland will be looking to reach the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2009-10, when it went 24-9 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have won at least 20 games in four of the last five seasons and seven of the last nine. The exceptions are last season, Turgeon’s first at Maryland, and 2006-07, his last at Wichita State. As many as six ACC teams could reach the 20-win mark by the end of the week; Miami and Duke are already there, while North Carolina, Virginia and NC State also have 19 wins. Last year, five league teams won 20 games.

• Faust led the way against the Tigers, making 7-of-10 shots including a career-high tying four 3-pointers. He also added three assists, a season-high three steals and a block, and in the past game has eight assists without committing a turnover. Dez Wells, meanwhile, had seven assists and just one turnover, as Maryland finished with 19 assists and a season-low eight turnovers as a team.

• Maryland’s freshmen combined for 33 points against Clemson, led by Jake Layman’s 12 and Shaquille Celare’s 10, while Charles Mitchell added eight points and seven rebounds. The Terps have relied upon freshmen and sophomores throughout the season, with 80 percent of their scoring coming from underclassmen.

• The Terps have shot better than 40 percent in eight of the last nine games and rank third in the ACC in field goal percentage at .471. Twice in the past six games, Maryland has shot better than 60 percent, hitting .673 vs. Wake Forest (2/2) and .600 vs. Duke (2/16).

 

Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech, 39-35. The series dates back to 1972. Since 1996, the Terps have owned the upper hand, going 23-7 against Tech. Maryland has also won 11 of the last 13 meetings.

• Maryland and Georgia Tech split the series last season, with each team holding court at home. The Terps won 61-50 in College Park, while the Yellow Jackets won 63-61 in Atlanta.

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Maryland hopes to bounce back Saturday against Clemson

Posted on 22 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (18-8, 6-7 ACC) vs. Clemson (13-12, 5-8 ACC)
Saturday, February 23, 2013 • Noon ET

Game #27 • Home Game #18 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center
TV: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play) & Jay Williams (Analyst)
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst) & Walt Williams (Sidelines)

Storyline

• Maryland plays its penultimate home game of the 2012-13 season when it takes on Clemson Saturday at noon. After playing the Tigers, the Terps play three of their last four on the road, with the home finale coming on March 6 vs. North Carolina. 

• Legendary coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell became Maryland’s head coach for the 1969-70 season, when the Terrapins had won only one Atlantic Coast Conference title and had made just once NCAA Tournament appearance. In his 17 seasons at Maryland, Driesell compiled a 348-159 record, won one ACC title and led the Terps to eight NCAA Tournament appearances. 

• Maryland is 18-8 and 6-7 in the ACC after a 69-58 setback at Boston College on Tuesday. Logan Aronhalt poured in a season-high 26 points – the most by a Terp this season – but was the only Maryland player to reach double figures. The Terps led 33-26 at halftime and 50-49 with 5:14 to play, but the Eagles used a 12-0 run over the next 3:19 to take control. 

• The Terps have been at their best inside Comcast Center, where they own a 15-2 record which includes an upset over then second-ranked Duke last Saturday. In home games, Maryland has shot 50.7 percent from the field while holding opponents to a .366 mark, and the Terps have outscored opponents by an average margin of 14.2 points at home. 

• Maryland had a streak of seven straight games shooting at least 40 percent snapped at Boston College, when it hit just 35.7 percent. Still, the Terps rank third in the conference in field goal percentage at .471, behind just NC State (.497) and Duke (.472). Maryland also ranks first in the league and eighth nationally in field goal percentage defense, having held opponents to a .373 mark this season.

Driesell to be Honored

• The University of Maryland athletics department will dedicate a bronze bas-relief of Charles “Lefty” Driesell in a ceremony at Comcast Center on April 16, 2013. He is also being honored during halftime of Saturday’s game. Driesell, who coached at Davidson prior to coming to Maryland and went on to stints at James Madison and Georgia State, compiled a 786-394 record in his 40-plus years as a head coach. He was the originator of “Midnight Madness” to open practice at the beginning of the season in 1971. He is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame. Maryland-Clemson Series History

• The Terps own the upper hand in the all-time series with Clemson, leading 89-49 since the series began in 1938. Maryland is 52-11 at home vs. the Tigers, including a 5-2 mark at Comcast Center.

• The Terps have won three straight in the series. Last year, Maryland won 64-62 at Clemson.

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Maryland hopes to avoid letdown Tuesday at Boston College

Posted on 18 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET

Game #26 • Road Game #7 • Chestnut Hill, Mass. • Conte Forum

TV: ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-by-Play) & Mike Gminski (Analyst)

Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Kevin Sheehan (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland returns to the road on Tuesday when it takes on Boston College in the first of four away games over the regular season’s final six contests. The Terps have just two home games left – vs. Clemson this Saturday and vs. North Carolina on March 6. Road games at Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia remain after Tuesday’s trip to Chestnut Hill. The Terps defeated Boston College in the first meeting this season, 64-59. Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Jake Layman had 15 points and Nick Faust had 11.

 

• On Saturday, Maryland beat Duke 83-81 and recorded its first win over a No. 1-ranked opponent since Jan. 19, 2008, when it beat North Carolina. Seth Allen knocked down a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to break a tie and give Maryland the win, earning ACC Rookie of the Week honors for his effort. Allen scored all 16 of his points in the second half, including five of Maryland’s final six down the stretch.

 

• Alex Len had 19 points and nine rebounds against the Blue Devils, and helped in the defensive effort that held Mason Plumlee to a season-low four points on 2-of-7 shooting. Len, who is tied for second in the ACC with 2.1 blocks per game, had three against Duke.

 

• Maryland shot 60 percent (27-45) from the field, with all nine players that saw action recording at least one field goal. The Terps, who rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .476, have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last seven games. They also got to the free throw line often, making a season-high 25 free throws on 34 attempts (.735). Len and Allen both set career highs with seven free throws made on eight attempts.

 

• On the boards, the Terps enjoyed their second largest advantage of the conference season by outrebounding the Blue Devils 40-20. Only against Wake Forest (plus-21) have the Terps had a bigger advantage. Maryland ranks second nationally in rebound margin at plus-10.7 and has outrebounded 24 of 25 opponents this season.

 

Maryland-Boston College Series History

 

• The series dates back to 1958 and is tied 8-8. Boston College owns the slight upper hand since joining the ACC, having won 7 of 12 meetings since 2005.

 

• The Terps have won both meetings since head coach Mark Turgeon took over at Maryland. The Terps won 81-65 in the lone meeting last season, and 64-59 in the first meeting this season, on Jan. 22.

 

• In the win over BC on Jan. 22, Alex Len had 16 points and 13 rebounds, Jake Layman had 15 points and Nick Faust added 11. The Terps limited BC to 35.7 percent shooting and outscored them in the paint, 34-12. Layman scored 10 of his points after the half to help break a 29-29 tie going into the locker room.

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