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Former Terp Aronhalt continuing career in Italy

Posted on 20 July 2013 by WNST Staff

Former Maryland guard Logan Aronhalt has signed a 10-month contract to play basketball with Assigeco Casalpusterlengo in Italy.

Aronhalt, who averaged 6.0 points per game as an off-the-bench 3-point threat in his lone season with the Terrapins, signed a contract last Friday while playing in a Las Vegas showcase and will leave for Italy on August 15.

With Casalpusterlengo, Aronhalt will have an opportunity to display his scoring ability after knocking down 43.4 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.

“I think it was a big piece,” said Aronhalt of his ability to score. “European teams bring over Americans to score quite a bit. I think I will have a role as a scorer and a be a central part of the offense. I’m excited to see how I fit in, meet and play with my new teammates. It’s an exciting opportunity for me.”

A third-division Italian team, Casalpusterlengo finished fourth in its division last season and is located about 40 miles south of Milan. It won’t be the first time Aronhalt has traveled to the country.

“I played in two tournaments in Italy in high school and I loved it,” said Aronhalt. “I stayed with an Italian family when I played over there for a couple weeks in high school and just enjoyed the entire experience. It’s a beautiful country.”

Aronhalt was also able to lean on another former Terp who has been playing overseas for advice.

“I talked with Sean Mosley and he really enjoyed his time [overseas],” said Aronhalt. “You have to be enjoy being away from home and immersing yourself to their culture.”

While he’s hopeful for a long career in professional basketball, Aronhalt is just six credits shy of earning his master’s degree in exercise physiology and plans to return to College Park next summer to finish his coursework.

Though he was only at Maryland for one year, he says his time with the staff helped him immensely in preparing for the next step in his career.

“I learned a lot from Coach Turgeon. I just admire how he is open and honest and we always knew where we stood and what we needed to do to improve individually and collectively… Playing at Maryland really helped my stock.”

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Len named MVP at Maryland basketball banquet

Posted on 17 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Dez Wells given the Greivis Vasquez Award for Most Inspirational Player

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Alex Len was given the Len Bias Award as the most valuable player as the University of Maryland men’s basketball team held its awards banquet Wednesday at the Riggs Alumni Center.

Players, coaches, staff and supporters gathered to celebrate a season that saw the Terrapins win 25 games, their most since 2006-07. Voice of the Terrapins Johnny Holliday emceed the event, which also featured a 2012-13 highlight video and remarks from coach Mark Turgeon and seniors James Padgett and Logan Aronhalt.

In addition to being named MVP, Len earned the Len Elmore Award for most rebounds after finishing with 298. He was also given the Buck Williams Award for Most Valuable Defensive Player; Len’s 78 blocks in 2012-13 are the eighth most in a single-season in school history.

Sophomore Dez Wells was selected for the Greivis Vasquez Award for Most Inspirational Player. Awards for MVP and Most Inspirational Player were voted on by the players.

Juan Dixon was on hand to present the award for Most Improved Player – named after himself – to freshman Jake Layman. Fellow freshman Shaquille Cleare was given the Walt Williams Coaches Award for being the most coachable player.

Pe’Shon Howard, who led the Terps with 131 assists, won the Steve Blake Award for assists, while Aronhalt won the Tom McMillen award for Academic Achievement. Aronhalt had a 4.0 GPA in his first year pursuing a graduate degree in exercise physiology.

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Aronhalt named to All-ACC Academic Team

Posted on 07 March 2013 by WNST Staff

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of three-time All-ACC Academic team selections, Duke’s Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, headline the 2012-13 All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Men’s Basketball team, as announced today by Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

Plumlee was recently named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men’s Basketball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and became only the fourth player in Duke history to accomplish that feat in back-to-back seasons. The Warsaw, Ind., senior currently ranks fourth in the league in scoring (17.0), second in rebounds (10.2) and field goal percentage (.585).

Kelly, a three-year starter for the Blue Devils, has returned to the starting lineup after missing 13 games with an injury and is averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game on the year while shooting an impressive .521 from 3-point range.

Georgia Tech’s Marcus Georges-Hunt has scored in double figures a team-high 17 times and is the only freshman in the ACC to currently lead his team in scoring (10.2). Teammate Chris Bolden is averaging 9.4 points per game in league play with 13 starts.

A pair of Duke freshmen, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson, also earn positions on the league’s academic honor team. Sulaimon has 19 games with 10 or more points and is third among ACC freshmen in scoring (11.7) while Jefferson is averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds while starting seven times.

Boston College’s Joe Rahon has scored in double figures 14 times and ranks fifth on the ACC freshmen scoring list with a 10.0 points per game average. Clemson’s Jordan Roper is fourth on the team in scoring in ACC games, averaging a solid 8.1 points per game while shooting nearly 40 percent from behind the arc.

Maryland’s Logan Aronhalt is averaging 6.2 points per game, including a 26-point effort against Boston College on Feb. 19, and is shooting .455 from behind the arc. North Carolina’s Marcus Paige leads all ACC freshmen in assists per game (4.5) and is seventh in the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (1:85:1).

On the academic team for a second-straight year, Virginia Tech’s Jarell Eddie is second on the team in scoring (12.0) and third in rebounding (5.7). Hokie teammate Christian Beyer is averaging 1.9 points and 3.0 rebounds in 21 games.

Wake Forest’s Tyler Cavanaugh, one of six Deacon freshmen to average 11 minutes or more, is sixth on the team in scoring (5.2) and fifth in rebounds (2.4). Miami’s Raphael Akpejiori is averaging 0.7 points and 1.2 rebounds while seeing action in 15 games.

Duke leads all schools with four selections, while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech have two each. Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina and Wake Forest are each represented by one player.

2013 All-ACC Academic Men’s Basketball Team

Raphael Akpejiori, Jr., Miami   Lagos, Nigeria  Mechanical Engineering

Christian Beyer, So., Virginia Tech     New Bern, N.C.  Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise

Chris Bolden, Fr., Georgia Tech Suwanee, Ga.    Business Administration

Tyler Cavanaugh, Fr., Wake Forest       Dewitt, N.Y.    Undeclared

Jarell Eddie, Jr., Virginia Tech        Charlotte, N.C. Psychology

Marcus Georges-Hunt, Fr., Georgia Tech  College Park, Ga.       Business Administration

Amile Jefferson, Fr., Duke      Philadelphia, Pa.       Undeclared

Ryan Kelly, Sr., Duke   Raleigh, N.C.   Public Policy Studies

Logan Aronhalt, Gr., Maryland   Zanesville, Ohio        Kinesiology

Marcus Paige, Fr., North Carolina       Marion, Ind.    Undeclared

Mason Plumlee, Sr., Duke        Warsaw, Ind.    Psychology

Joe Rahon, Fr., Boston College  San Diego, Calif.       Undeclared

Jordan Roper, Fr., Clemson      Columbia, S.C.  Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt.

Rasheed Sulaimon, Fr., Duke     Houston, Texas  Undeclared

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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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Maryland faces crucial showdown with Duke Saturday night

Posted on 15 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (17-7, 5-6 ACC) vs. #2 Duke (22-2, 9-2 ACC)

 

Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 6 p.m. ET

Game #25 • Home Game #17 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPN – Dave O’Brien (Play-by-Play), Doris Burke (Analyst) & Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

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

 

Storyline

 

• Following a five-day break from games, Maryland returns to action on Saturday as it plays host to second-ranked Duke at 6 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps are 17-7 and 5-6 in the ACC after suffering just their second home defeat of the season last Sunday against Virginia. Duke is 22-2 and 9-2 in the conference after a 73-68 win over North Carolina on Wednesday.

 

• Against Virginia, Maryland trailed at halftime for the first time at home this season, as the Cavaliers shot 52.2 percent in the opening 20 minutes and finished the game at 54.2 percent, the best by a Maryland opponent this year. After shooting just 35.5 percent in the first half, the Terps responded by knocking down 16 of 27 shots (.593) in the second half, but were unable to get closer than seven points down the stretch.

 

• The Terps rank second in the ACC in field goal percentage at .472 and have exceeded the 40 percent mark in each of the last six games. In that six-game stretch, the Terps have shot it well from beyond the arc, hitting 54 of 96 shots (.404). Jake Layman (12-29, .414), Logan Aronhalt (11-24, .458) and Dez Wells (8-15, .533) have been the biggest contributors from the perimeter of late.

 

• Maryland has ranked in the top-10 nationally throughout much of the season in opponent field goal percentage. Opposing teams have shot just 36.7 percent against the Terrapins, a mark which leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally. Virginia was just the second team this season to make better than 50 percent of its shots against Maryland; eight of 11 conference opponent have shot under 38 percent.

 

• Virginia became the first team this season to outrebound the Terps, finishing with a 34-29 advantage on the boards. Still, Maryland is just one of two teams in the nation with an average rebounding margin in double figures. The Terps are second at plus-10.3, behind just Colorado State (plus-13.8).

 

Maryland-Duke Series History

 

• Maryland trails the all-time series 61-113, which dates back to 1925. The Terps trail the series 37-40 at home, with their last win in Comcast coming on March 3, 2010. In that game, the 22nd-ranked Terrapins got 20 points from Greivis Vasquez on senior night, to help knock off the fourth-ranked Blue Devils.

 

• Duke won the first meeting this season, 84-64 in Durham on Jan. 26, and has won six straight in the series. In the earlier meeting, Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell paced Maryland with 13 points each and the Terps trailed by just eight at halftime before Duke opened it up in the second half. Rasheed Sulaimon led Duke with 25 points, Mason Plumlee had 19 and the Blue Devils shot 52.4 percent in the game.

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Maryland looks to finish season sweep at Virginia Tech Thursday

Posted on 06 February 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (16-6, 4-5 ACC at Virginia Tech (11-10, 2-6 ACC)

Thursday, February 7, 2013 • 9 p.m. ET

Game #23 • Road Game #6 • Blacksburg, Va. • Cassell Coliseum

TV: ACC Network – Steve Martin (Play-by-Play) and Mike Gminski (Analyst). Locally, the game can be seen on WNUV in Baltimore and WDCA in Washington, D.C. For a complete affiliate listing, click here.

 

Storyline

• Maryland takes to the road for the fifth time in the conference season when it takes on Virginia Tech Thursday at 9 p.m. in Blacksburg, Va. In the teams’ previous meeting, the Terps defeated the Hokies, 94-71, on Jan. 5 in College Park. Seth Allen and Jake Layman led the way in Maryland’s second-largest conference win of the year, scoring 21 and 20 points, respectively.

• Against Wake Forest last Saturday, Maryland rode 67.3 percent shooting to its biggest league win in terms of point margin this season. That mark is the fifth-best field goal percentage in a game in program history and the best since the Terps shot 73.9 percent against Wake on Jan. 28, 1986.

• In the 86-60 victory, the Terps had six players score in double figures for the first time since Feb. 9, 2011. Logan Aronhalt led the way with 13, Allen, Layman, James Padgett and Alex Len had 12 each, and Dez Wells had 11. Wells, who is second on the team in scoring (12.2 points per game), has been at his best on the road. In Maryland’s five road games, the sophomore is averaging 18.8 points per contest, including 21 at North Carolina and 19 at Florida State.

• Despite experiencing a four-game shooting slump in January, Maryland has been one of the better shooting teams in the conference this season. Sans the four-game stretch from Florida State (Jan. 9) to North Carolina (Jan. 19), the Terps have shot better than 40 percent in 16 of 18 games. Maryland ranks second in the league and 24th nationally with a 47.5 shooting percentage, and is 12-1 when shooting above 45 percent this season.

• The Wake Forest game also marked a return of Maryland’s defensive control. The Terps held Wake to 34.4 percent shooting, including just 25.8 percent in the first half in building a 42-25 halftime lead. That marked the seventh time in nine league games that Maryland has held the opponent under 40 percent shooting.

 

Maryland-Virginia Tech Series History

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Virginia Tech, 29-10, which dates back to 1926. On the road, Maryland leads the series 10-6.

• The series has gone back and forth since Virginia Tech joined the ACC. The teams have split the 12 meetings since 2005, with Maryland currently on a two-game winning streak.

• In Maryland’s 94-71 win over Tech in the conference opener on Jan. 5, the Terps shot 51.7 percent, including 10 of 23 from 3-point. Seth Allen (21) and Jake Layman (20) set season highs, while Alex Len added 16 and Dez Wells had 12. Virginia Tech’s Erick Green scored a game-high 28.

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