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Maryland announces name change for campus basketball arena

Posted on 28 July 2014 by WNST Staff

Renaming of University of Maryland Arena

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland athletics department announced today that the arena formerly known as the Comcast Center will be renamed the XFINITY Center, effective immediately. The renaming of the venue reflects the Xfinity brand’s strong awareness and resonance with consumers.

“We are excited to place the name Xfinity on this beloved University of Maryland sports venue,” said Tom Coughlin, senior vice president of Comcast’s Beltway region. “Our Xfinity brand represents our commitment to delivering an unparalleled, innovative entertainment experience to local consumers, and our partnership with the University of Maryland athletics department underscores this promise.”

The XFINITY Center is home to the University’s men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, and wrestling teams, as well as the athletic department’s administrative offices and student-athlete Academic Support & Career Development Unit. Completed in 2002, the main arena seats up to 17,950 for basketball, and is the site of numerous campus events, concerts, graduations, and other events.

“We have enjoyed a longstanding and successful partnership with Comcast for more than a decade, and are excited to extend this relationship with the renaming of the XFINITY Center,” said Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson. “It is our goal to continue to provide our fans with a special gameday experience, and we look forward to unveiling new amenities at the XFINITY Center in the near future.”

The renaming to XFINITY Center is in accordance with the original partnership agreement between Comcast and the University of Maryland that allows Comcast – with mutual agreement – to utilize opportunities to extend its brand. The renaming efforts are taking place at no cost to the University of Maryland or Terrapin Athletics and are expected to be completed by mid-August.

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Maryland to host Virginia in first ACC/Big Ten Challenge in new conference

Posted on 01 May 2014 by WNST Staff

Terps to Host Virginia in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland men’s basketball team will host rival Virginia Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the 2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge as announced today by ESPN. It marks the Terps’ first time competing in the contest as a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Maryland concluded its tenure in the ACC this past spring with a thrilling season finale overtime victory against No. 5 Virginia at Comcast Center on March 9. The Terrapins have played the Cavaliers more than any team in program history, garnering a 107-74 mark in 181 meetings.

The Terps are tied for the second-most wins (10) all-time in ACC/Big Ten Challenge history, trailing only Duke (13).  Maryland also holds a formidable 5-1 home record in the contest, with its only loss coming on Nov. 29, 2011 to Illinois.

The Challenge, now approaching its 16th year, is breaking new ground with the expansion to 14 games. Nine of the 14 games are first-time matchups in the Challenge.

The Big Ten Conference is unbeaten in its last five ACC/Big Ten Challenges dating back to 2009. Since winning three straight from 2009 to 2011, the Big Ten has tied with the ACC (6-6) the last two seasons.

Start times and network assignments will be confirmed and announced in early August.

 

2014 ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule

Monday, December 1st

  • ·         Nebraska @ Florida State
  • ·         Rutgers @ Clemson

Tuesday, December 2nd

  • ·         Illinois @ Miami
  • ·         Minnesota @ Wake Forest
  • ·         NC State @ Purdue
  • ·         Ohio State @ Louisville
  • ·         Pittsburgh @ Indiana
  • ·         Syracuse @ Michigan

Wednesday, December 3rd

  • ·         Duke @ Wisconsin
  • ·         Georgia Tech @ Northwestern
  • ·         Iowa @ North Carolina
  • ·         Michigan State @ Notre Dame
  • ·         Virginia @ Maryland
  • ·         Virginia Tech @ Penn State

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Maryland plays final regular season ACC game Sunday against Virginia

Posted on 08 March 2014 by WNST Staff

No. 5 Virginia (25-5, 16-1 ACC) at Maryland (16-14, 8-9 ACC)

Maryland plays its final ACC regular season game in history Sunday at noon as it takes on conference regular season champion No. 5 Virginia. It marks the Terps’ third game against a top-5 opponent in six games.

Watch: CBS – Marv Albert (Play-by-Play), Steve Kerr (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Fans are reminded to account for traffic when driving to the game, as the contest is a sellout!

Storylines

• The Terps have played the Cavaliers more than any school in their program’s history. Maryland is 106-74 in 180 meetings all-time against Virginia, including a formidable 63-24 home mark.

• Sophomore Jake Layman scored 13 points and junior Dez Wells added 11 as the Terps moved to 6-2 at home in ACC play with a 64-47 victory over Virginia Tech Tuesday. It was the first time Maryland has held an ACC opponent under 50 points since defeating Virginia, 66-42, on Jan. 27, 2011 at John Paul Jones Arena.

• Maryland was highly efficient offensively against the Hokies Tuesday, dishing 18 assists and totaling just five turnovers. It was the first time the Terps committed five turnovers or less in a game since Feb. 14, 1998 against top-ranked North Carolina.

• Former Maryland coaching greats Lefty Driesell (1969-86) and Gary Williams (1989-2011) will be in attendance at the game. Driesell totaled 348 victories at Maryland and is a member of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, while Williams led Maryland to the 2002 national title and is a finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

• Maryland legends Gary Williams, Lefty Driesell, Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon will be signing autographs prior to the contest to commemorate the Terps’ final ACC game. Additionally, the first 12,000 fans will receive an ACC timeline poster, and fans can share their favorite ACC memories on an interactive wall.

Maryland Outpaces Virginia Tech, 64-47
Jake Layman came off the bench to score 13 points, and Maryland defeated Virginia Tech under a barrage of 3-pointers in a 64-47 Atlantic Coast Conference victory Tuesday night.
The Terrapins (16-14, 8-9) connected five times from beyond the arc in an 18-5 run that turned a 29-28 halftime deficit into a 12-point lead. If the teams don’t meet in the ACC tournament, Maryland will head to the Big Ten after this season with a five-game winning streak against the Hokies and a 32-10 lead in the series.
Dez Wells began the charge with a three-point play and Nick Faust added a 3-pointer. After Jarell Eddie made two free throws, Seth Allen popped a 3 before Joey van Zegeren scored on a follow — the Hokies’ lone basket in the first 7½ minutes of the second half.

Scouting Virginia
Virginia captured its first outright ACC regular season title since 1981 when it defeated No. 4 Syracuse, 75-56, on March 1. The Cavaliers have climbed to fifth in the Associated Press national poll – their highest ranking in over a decade.
The Cavaliers boast the nation’s best defense, holding opponents to a meager 54.8 points per game. Virginia defeated every ACC team by double-digits at home this season except for Maryland.
Freshman guard London Perrantes is an excellent ball-handler for Virginia, ranking eighth in the nation with a 3.68 assist-to-turnover ratio. Akil Mitchell is eighth in the ACC in rebounds (7.0/g).
Virginia has taken six straight games from Maryland — its longest win streak in the series. Maryland has had winning streaks of 11 straight games (1950-55) and 10 (1972-76).

Last Meeting
Joe Harris scored 19 points and No. 17 Virginia stretched its winning streak to eight games by beating Maryland 61-53 on Feb. 10.
Seth Allen scored 15 points and Dez Wells had 12 for Maryland (14-11, 6-6), which had won three of four at the time.
The play of the game came in the second half when Roddy Peters’ fast break layup was blocked by Justin Anderson with 10:45 remaining. Anderson quickly passed the ball to Harris, who pulled up for a transition 3-pointer to complete the 5-point swing. The basket gave the Cavaliers a 40-35 lead that led to a 9-0 run.

By the Numbers: Maryland in the ACC

  • 1953-54 – Maryland joins the ACC, winning its inaugural basketball game, 53-49, at South Carolina on Dec. 3, 1953
  • 3 – ACC Tournament titles (1958, 1984, 2004). The Terrapins shocked the conference in 2004, having entered the tournament with a 7-9 ACC record.
  • 5 – ACC regular season titles (1975, 1980, 1995, 2002, 2010)
  • 99 – All-ACC Selections, including five ACC POY’s (Albert King, Len Bias (2x), Juan Dixon and Greivis Vasquez)
  • 447 – Wins in ACC regular season play (447-435 overall record)
  • 25 – 20-win seasons during time in ACC, and 24 NCAA Tournament appearances

Pregame Activies/Giveaways Planned for Virginia Game
Maryland athletics has a wide array of pregame activities and giveaways planned for the final regular season ACC game in history against Virginia.
The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive an incredible ACC commemorative timeline poster that captures the most memorable Terrapin moments over the last six decades. Additionally, the first 4,000 students will be given a free t-shirt courtesy of Force 3.
An autograph session featuring Maryland legends will take place on a first come, first serve basis until 11:30 a.m. Former coaching greats Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell, in addition to Tom McMillen, Walt Williams and Juan Dixon, are scheduled to appear. The autograph area will be held on the third level concourse behind section 207 and 208.
Fans will have the opportunity to take photographs with ACC championship trophies at the top of the escalator stairs on the third level concourse. Fans are also encouraged to recall their most fond ACC moments on the “My Favorite ACC Moment” interactive wall, located on the Gate A side of Heritage Hall.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Maryland tries to stay above .500 Tuesday against Virginia Tech

Posted on 03 March 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes ACC regular season play this week with a pair of home games, including Tuesday’s contest at 8 p.m. against Virginia Tech on the ACC Network.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius 119, XM 192

Storylines

• The Terps have won four consecutive meetings over the Hokies, and hold a 31-10 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to 1925-26. Maryland is 5-2 at home in ACC play against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the conference in 2004-05.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 19 points and sophomore Seth Allen posted 16 points and seven assists as the Terrapins defeated Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. Maryland used a 14-2 second half run to open a 17-point lead and seal the game.

• Clemson outlasted Maryland in a double overtime affair, 77-73, Sunday in the Terps’ final ACC trip to Littlejohn Coliseum. Seth Allen (45) and Dez Wells (44) notched career-highs in minutes played in the game. It was Maryland’s first double overtime game since Feb. 1, 2012 at Miami, and 15th in program history.

• Seth Allen led the Terps with a 20-point effort at Clemson, becoming the first player on the team to notch at least 20 points in back-to-back games this season. Dez Wells was the last Terrapin to accomplish the feat, scoring 21 and 30 points against Wake Forest and Duke, respectively, in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

• Maryland snagged 63 rebounds in the double overtime effort at Clemson Sunday — the most by the Terrapins ever in an ACC contest. It was the sixth-most rebounds in a single game in program history, and most since the Terps tallied 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

Clemson Outlasts Terps in Double OT
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 20 points and Evan Smotrycz added 19 as Clemson took down Maryland 77-73 in double overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday.
Allen’s final basket gave the Terrapins a 71-70 lead with 1:27 to go. K.J. McDaniels then drove the lane and found a teammate open in the right corner for a 3-point basket. Smotrycz had 19 points off four 3-pointers for Maryland.
The Tigers seemed to wrap it up on Hall’s 3-pointer with 19.2 seconds left in the first overtime for a 63-59 lead. But officials reviewed the shot, found his feet were on the line and changed it to a two-point goal and a 62-59 lead. That’s when Smotrycz hit his fourth 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go and sent the game to double overtime.

Scouting Virginia Tech
The Hokies have struggled this season, accumulating a 2-14 mark in the ACC (9-19 overall). Virginia Tech has just one victory in its last 15 contests, defeating Miami on Feb. 15.They most recently lost to North Carolina by four points on March 1.
Virginia Tech is a strong rebounding team, ranking second in the conference in defensive rebounds (26.3/g). The Hokies struggle to cause turnovers, however, averaging just 3.4 steals per game.
Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both points (13.4/g) and rebounds (5.4/g), including an 18-point performance against the Tar Heels Saturday. Devin Wilson is second in the ACC with 4.7 assists per game, while Joey van Zegeren is fourth in blocks (50).
Maryland has defeated the Hokies in four consecutive meetings, and hold a 31-10 advantage in the all-times series.

Last Time
Maryland came away with a 20-point road victory against Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. It was the Terrapins’ fourth straight win over the Hokies.
The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the floor, as Maryland pulled away at the end of the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Seth Allen and Jake Layman. A 14-2 second half Maryland run put the game out of reach for the Hokies.
Dez Wells led the Terps with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Allen added 16 points and seven assists.

Milestones, Feats, etc…
– Nick Faust and Dez Wells will both be playing there 100th career games Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Wells played 32 of those games at Xavier, before transferring to Maryland after his freshman season.

– It will also be the 100th game at Maryland for head coach Mark Turgeon.

– Maryland snagged a season-high 63 rebounds at Clemson Sunday, the most in an ACC game ever for the program. The mark ranks sixth in Maryland history, and is the most since the Terps had 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

– Seth Allen followed a 22-point performance against No. 4 Syracuse with 20 points at Clemson Sunday, becoming the first Terp to record at least 20 points in back-to-back games since Dez Wells last season. Wells posted 21 points against Wake Forest and 30 versus Duke on back-to-back days in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

Maryland Closes ACC Reg. Season Play Sunday
The Maryland men’s basketball team will play its final regular season game in ACC history Sunday against No. 5 Virginia as it makes its transition into the Big Ten Conference next season.
Maryland will honor the night in a number of ways at it looks back on its time in the ACC, including a wide array of activities and giveaways. The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ACC timeline poster featuring a collection of the most memorable Terrapin moments in the conference.
Pregame activities include an autograph session with past Maryland greats, photo opportunities with ACC trophies and an interactive wall that fans can sign their favorite ACC memories on.

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

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Michigan State, Wisconsin, Indiana all to visit Maryland in first Big Ten hoops season

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Men’s Basketball Home and Away Opponents

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday the Maryland men’s basketball conference home and away opponents for the 2014-15 season.

The Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten season features an exciting docket of home games, including five teams that qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The Terps will also play Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers at home.

Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.

The Big Ten currently has five teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 – the most of any conference in the nation.

For ticketing information or questions, contact the Terrapin Ticket Office at 1-800-462-8377.

Below is Maryland’s home and away opponents for the 2014-15.  Dates and times for the games will be announced at a later date.

 

Home

Indiana

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Nebraska

Northwestern

Penn State

Rutgers

Wisconsin

 

Away

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan State

Nebraska

Ohio State

Penn State

Purdue

Rutgers

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Syracuse brings back to back losses into Monday night visit to Maryland

Posted on 23 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-12, 7-7 ACC) vs. Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC)

Maryland takes on its sixth nationally ranked opponent of the season and third in four games Monday as it welcomes Syracuse to Comcast Center for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN. It is the first and final regular season meeting between the teams as Atlantic Coast Conference foes.

Fans are encouraged to wear GOLD!

Watch: ESPN – Sean McDonough (Play-by-Play), Jay Bilas (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sideline)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius/XM 91

Storylines

• The Terps are 5-2 all-time against the Orange in a series that dates back to 1972, when Tom McMillen scored 25 points and added 16 rebounds in an NIT victory at Madison Square Garden. This is the first non-tournament meeting between the teams, who have met twice in NCAA Tournament play.

• Maryland has fared well against AP top-5 teams in College Park, winning 34 of 85 meetings (40 percent). The Terrapins earned a pair of top-5 victories last season, defeating No. 2 Duke on two separate occasions — the last coming in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals, 83-74, on March 15, 2013.

• Junior Nick Faust gave the Terrapins a much-needed spark against Wake Forest last Tuesday, scoring a career-high 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. On a night when Maryland struggled from the field, Faust sparked the team off the bench en route to a double-digit victory.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell turned in his second consecutive 12-point scoring performance last Tuesday against Wake Forest, providing strong interior play for Maryland. Mitchell ranks sixth in the ACC in offensive rebounds (2.81/g) and sixth in rebounds among underclassmen (6.5/g).

• Maryland guard Nick Faust and preseason ACC Player of the Year, C.J. Fair, are childhood friends from Baltimore, Md.

Terps Power Past Wake Forest
Nick Faust scored a career-high 20 points, and Maryland defeated Wake Forest 71-60 Tuesday night to kick off a two-game homestand.
Faust, a junior guard, went 7 for 11 from the floor and sank four 3-pointers. Charles Mitchell contributed 12 points and Jake Layman added 11 for the Terrapins (15-12, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Maryland has eight straight wins over Wake Forest, the longest run in a series that began in 1953 and will end after this season.
Travis McKie scored 16 for the Demon Deacons (14-12, 4-9) and Devin Thomas had 11 points and 15 rebounds. Wake Forest went 3 for 15 from 3-point range and 9 for 20 at the free throw line.

Scouting Syracuse
Syracuse (25-2, 12-2 ACC) has hit a bump in the road since opening the season 25-0 and climbing to the number one spot in the associated press national rankings. After a pair of close calls against Pittsburgh and NC State, the Orange finally dropped their first ACC game when they were knocked off by Boston College on Feb. 19. Syracuse then lost to Duke Saturday night, 66-60.
Featuring its patented 2-3 zone defense, Syracuse has caused trouble for opposing offenses all season. The Orange are fourth in the nation in forced turnovers (9.2/g) and 19th nationally in steals (8.3/g).
Freshman phenom Tyler Ennis leads the ACC in assists (5.7/g) and ranks sixth nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.64). Preseason ACC Player of the Year C.J. Fair — a childhood friend of Nick Faust — is seventh in the conference with 16.5 points per game.

Too Faust, Too Furious
On a night when Dez Wells and Seth Allen combined for 4-of-18 shooting from the field, junior Nick Faust gave the Terrapins a much-needed lift off the bench in the win against Wake Forest last Tuesday.
Faust eclipsed the 20-point barrier for the first time in his career, pouring in 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in the effort. The Baltimore, Md. native did it all for the Terps, knocking down four 3-pointers, grabbing five rebounds and also dishing four assists.
Maryland improved to 9-4 on the season when Faust scores at least 10 points in a game. The sixth man averages 11.1 points per game (45 percent shooting) in Terrapin victories, in contrast to 8.8 points (35 percent shooting) in losses.

A Series History: Syracuse
Tonight’s contest marks the only non-tournament meeting in the short seven-game history between Maryland and Syracuse. The teams have met four times in postseason play — twice in the NCAA Tournament (1973, 2004) and twice in the NIT (1972, 2008).
Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series, although its last win came in 1980. This will mark the seventh time in eight meetings that one of either Maryland or Syracuse appears in the national rankings.
The last meeting came on March 20, 2008, when the Orange came away with an 88-72 victory on 23 points from Jonny Flynn. James Gist had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
In the last NCAA Tournament meeting, Syracuse knocked off the No. 19 Terrapins in the second round on March 20, 2004 after nearly squandering a 16-point second half lead. See pg. 4 for a complete history.

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Maryland hopes return home cures ails Tuesday against Wake Forest

Posted on 17 February 2014 by WNST Staff

After completing arguably its toughest stretch of the season, Maryland returns to Comcast Center Tuesday night for its final regular season ACC bout with Wake Forest at 7 p.m. on the Raycom Sports Network. Four of the Terrapins’ final five games are at home, where they are 4-1 in ACC play.

Watch: Raycom Sports Network – Tom Werme (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline); Sirius 108/XM 192

Storylines

• Maryland has defeated Wake Forest in seven consecutive games dating back to 2011, which is tied for the longest stretch in the history of the series. The Terps hold a 69-56 advantage in the all-time series against Wake Forest, including a 38-18 mark at home.

• The Terrapins are three days removed from a heartbreaking loss to No. 8 Duke, as Charles Mitchell’s game-winning bid rimmed out with less than two seconds remaining. Maryland held Duke – the nation’s best 3-point shooting team – to just five 3-pointers on 20.8 percent shooting.

• After picking up three fouls and being held scoreless in the first half against Duke, junior Dez Wells roared back to score 17 points in the second frame. Wells is averaging 9.8 points on 53 percent shooting in the second half this season – compared to just 5.3 points on 43 percent shooting in the first.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon credited freshman center Damonte Dodd for his role in Maryland’s second half comeback against Duke. Dodd played all seven of his minutes in the second half, and did well altering shots inside with his length.

• The Terrapins found success inside against Duke, outscoring the Blue Devils 40-24 in the paint. It is Maryland’s highest point total in the paint in ACC play this season.

Maryland Falls to Duke in Heartbreaker
Jake Layman scored 18 points, Dez Wells added 17 and Charles Mitchell tallied 12 as Maryland fell to No. 8 Duke in a heartbreaker 69-67 on Saturday night. Wells had all 17 of his points in the second half for Maryland (14-12, 6-7).
Parker gave Duke the lead for good when his one-handed dunk over Damonte Dodd made it 68-67 with about 1:15 remaining.
Wells missed a jumper over Rodney Hood with about 50 seconds left. Duke milked the shot clock before Amile Jefferson missed a jumper that failed to draw iron, giving the Terrapins the ball.
The teams traded timeouts with 18.8 seconds left before Maryland worked the ball inside to Mitchell. He had one hook shot blocked by Parker with about 7 seconds left, and another shot tantalizingly bounced twice on the rim but would not fall through.

Scouting Wake Forest
Wake Forest (14-11, 4-8 ACC) has lost five consecutive games since opening conference play with four wins in seven games. The Demon Deacons most recently lost at home to Florida State, 67-60. They are 1-6 on the road, with the lone win coming at Virginia Tech.
The Deacons are exceptional at getting to the free throw line, leading the ACC in free throw attempts (656) and ranking second in free throws made (420) depsite shooting just 64 percent (14th in ACC). It presents an interesting matchup for Maryland, who is last in the league with nearly 20 personal fouls per game.
Codi Miller-McIntyre leads Wake Forest with 14.2 points per game, while Devin Thomas (the younger brother of Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas) is averaging a team-best 7.8 rebounds.

Second Half Performer
Junior Dez Wells continued to display his ability to take over games in the second half, scoring all 17 of his points against Duke in the latter frame. In the two other contests he was held scoreless in the first half this season, he responded with second half outbursts of 17 points and 21 against Notre Dame and Miami, respectively. Take a closer look at Wells’ splits:
1st Half    2nd Half
Avg. Points           5.3           9.8
FG Made               46            84
FG %                   .434         .528
FT %                    .720         .820

Not So Demon Deacons
Maryland has defeated Wake Forest in seven consecutive meetings – tied for the longest stretch in series history since the Terps took seven straight during a span from 2000-02.
The Terrapins have been dominant throughout the win streak, winning by an average margin of 16.7 points. The pair of teams met three times in 2013, with Maryland winning by double-digits in every meeting.
Included among the victories was a lopsided 86-60 win in Comcast Center on Feb. 2, 2013. Six Maryland players scored in double-figures for the Terrapins for the first time since 2011, led by 13 points from Logan Aronhalt.
The inaugual ACC meeting between the teams was on Dec. 5, 1953, when Wake Forest came away with a 71-54 victory in Winston-Salem. Maryland got revenge in the first ACC game at home, defeating the Deamon Deacons, 74-53.

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Maryland gets rematch attempt against Pitt Saturday at Comcast Center

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to Comcast Center Saturday night at 6:00 pm as it completes the second leg of a home-and-home series with Pittsburgh. The Terps are hosting Pitt in College Park for the first time since 1980 – a span of 34 years.

Watch: ESPN2 – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Sean Farnham (Analyst)

Storylines:

• The Terrapins have won eight of their last 11 home ACC contests, including their first two of the 2013-14 season. Maryland handily defeated Georgia Tech by a 16-point margin on Jan. 4, 77-61, before overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Notre Dame, 74-66, on Jan. 15.

• Maryland is 5-3 overall and 2-0 at home against Pittsburgh in a series that dates back to 1977. The Panthers defeated the Terps earlier this season on Jan. 6, 79-59, as they pulled away with 43 second half points. SophomoreSeth Allen had a team-high 18 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond-the-arc.

• Sophomore Charles Mitchell had a tremendous night on the glass in the Terps’ loss to NC State Monday, grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds (9 offensive). The mark is tied for the second-most in a single game among ACC players this season, and Mitchell is currently t-2nd in offensive rebounds (3.2/g) in the ACC.

• Comcast Center has been kind to sophomore Jake Layman, who is averaging a team-high 14.6 points in addition to 5.2 rebounds in nine games at home. He is shooting 49 percent (49-for-87) in Comcast, while averaging a team-high 31 minutes of action.

• Maryland is 11-0 when leading with 5:00 to play and 8-1 when leading at halftime. Additionally, the Terps are 9-0 when holding opponents below 40 percent shooting and 9-1 when holding opponents below 70 points.

Maryland Falls at NC State
Ralston Turner matched his career-high with 23 points, helping North Carolina State rally to beat Maryland 65-56 on Monday night.
Dez Wells and Evan Smotrycz each scored 10 for Maryland, which shot 31 percent for the game. Charles Mitchellfinished with eight points and a career-high 18 rebounds, including nine on the offensive end.
Desmond Lee added 14 points for the Wolfpack, who rallied from 11 down early in the second half to snap a three-game losing streak. NC State shot 57 percent after halftime, with Turner scoring 19 points and knocking down all five of his 3-pointers in the second half.
Maryland looked on its way to a second straight win when it took its biggest lead at 31-20 on Shaquille Cleare’s hook shot over Jordan Vandenberg 30 seconds into the second half.

Last Meeting
Pitt shot 53 percent from the floor to down Maryland, who was on the verge of moving to 3-0 in the ACC for the first time since 2001-02 by a score of 79-59.
Seth Allen and Evan Smotrycz led the way with 18 and 14 points respectively, but Lamar Patterson countered with a game-high 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Pitt and Maryland battled back-and-forth in a tightly contested game during the early stages, as the Terps took a 28-25 lead on an Allen lay-up with 5:42 to play. The Panthers then flipped the script by taking an 11-2 run into the halftime break to take a 36-30 advantage.
Allen and Nick Faust combined for 18 points in the second half, but the Terps made just eight field goals on 29 percent shooting in the frame as Pitt pulled away for the win.

Statistically Speaking

  • Sophomore Jake Layman is averaging a team-high 14.6 points on 49 percent shooting in home games.
  • The Terps are outrebounding opponents by an average of 9.1 boards in home games.
  • Junior Nick Faust is averaging 11.3 points (45% shooting) in victories, and 8.6 points (31%) in losses.
  • Maryland is 11-0 when leading with 5:00 to play and 8-1 when leading at halftime.
  • Maryland is 9-1 when holding opponents below 70 points.

A Look Back: Jan. 12, 1980
In the last meeting between Maryland and Pitt in College Park, the Terrapins opened up a 17-point lead before eventually winning, 95-88, in front of 13,028 at Cole Field House.
The Terps moved to 11-2 on the young season as four players scored at least 20 points in the game, including Buck Williams (24 pts, 15 rebs), Albert King (23 pts), Greg Manning (22 pts) and Ernie Graham (20 pts, 7 rebs, 7 asts). Graham is the father of current Terrapin, Jon Graham.

Turgeon, Dixon Support Coaches vs. Cancer
Both Mark Turgeon and Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon will be wearing sneakers to show support for Coaches vs. Cancer – a joint effort of the American Cancery Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches that empowers basketball coaches to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Weekend runs from January 24-January 26.

 

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Maryland faces new ACC foe Notre Dame Wednesday at Comcast Center

Posted on 14 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to the friendly confines of Comcast Center after a two-game road trip as it welcomes new ACC foe Notre Dame for a 7 p.m. tip on ESPN2. The Terps have lost back-to-back ACC contests since beginning the season 2-0 for the first time since 2002-03.

Watch: ESPN2 – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play), LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins last hosted the Fighting Irish on Dec. 31, 1986, when Notre Dame took adavantage of a hobbled Derrick Lewis to earn a 63-50 victory in Cole Field House. Maryland is 9-10 all-time against Notre Dame, and 4-3 at home.

• Maryland has won eight of its last 11 ACC contests at Comcast Center, winning by an average margin of 13.5 points in the victories. The mark includes a 77-61 drubbing of Georgia Tech in the the Terps’ ACC home opener on Jan. 4, when Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 30 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

• Junior Dez Wells had one of his most memorable collegiate games when he helped lead Xavier to the third round of the NCAA Tournament with a 67-63 defeat of Notre Dame on Mar. 17, 2012. Wells had 14 points in the effort, in addition to what still stands as his career-high with 11 rebounds.

• The Terrapins are 8-0 this season when holding opponents under 70 points and 9-0 when holding opponents to under 40 percent from the field. Additionally, they are 8-0 when leading at the half and 10-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than their oppoent.

• Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is a native of Rockville, Md. and graduated from nearby DeMatha Catholic High School, where he also began his coaching career as an assistant.

Maryland Topped by Florida State

  • Ian Miller scored 20 as Florida State knocked down a season-high 16 three-point baskets en route to an 85-61 Atlantic Coast Conference victory against Maryland Sunday night. Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points while Nick Faust added 14.
  • Despite making just 10-of-50 3-point attempts in its previous four games, the Seminoles caught fire against the Terps as they knocked down 16-of-24 attempts beyond-the-arc. The 16 3-pointers were the most by Florida State in its history of ACC play. The Seminoles entered the game shooting 31.2 percent from three-point range and ranked No. 13 in the ACC.
  • Faust turned in a strong effort for the Terps, connecting on 5-of-7 shots (2-of-4 from 3-pt) to the tune of 14 points.
  • Maryland also set a season-high with 24 made free throws, including nine from Wells and five from Jake Layman.

Scouting Notre Dame

  • The Fighting Irish are off to a 1-2 start in their first season of ACC play, falling to NC State and Georgia Tech in consecutive games. Notre Dame made a splash in its ACC opener, however, knocking off Duke, 79-77.
  • Among common opponents, Notre Dame lost to Georgia Tech, who the Terps defeated on Jan. 4, 77-61.
  • Notre Dame possesses a strong post player in 6-11 center Garrick Sherman, who currently leads the ACC in double-doubles (5). The big man leads the Irish in both points (14.8/g) and rebounds (8.6/g).
  • The Terps will also have to key in on junior sharpshooter Pat Connaughton, who ranks third in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage (.421) and 3-point field goals per game (2.50).

Statistically Speaking

  • Five Terrapins are averaging double-figure scoring totals at home. Jake Layman leads the way with 15.4 points on 50 percent shooting  (40-80) from the field.
  • Dez Wells has scored double-figures in seven consecutive home games, while Nick Faust is on a four-game streak. Roddy Peters has dished eight assists and commited only four turnovers in his last three home games.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent, and 8-0 when holding opponents below 70 points.
  • Maryland is 9-3 when outrebounding opponents. (see pg. 29 for a complete list of tendencies)

Notre Dame: A Series History

  • The Terrapins snapped a two-game losing streak to Notre Dame when they defeated the Irish 78-71 in the BB&T Classic at Verizon Center on Dec. 4, 2011. Terrell Stoglin posted 31 points in the effort, while James Padgett posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.  Current Terp Nick Faust had just three points in 29 minutes, while Eric Atkins had 16 points on 5-of-16 shooting for the Irish.
  • Notre Dame holds a narrow 10-9 advantage in an all-time series that dates back to 1975. The last four meetings between the teams were on neutral courts — including three games in the BB&T Classic.
  • The Irish defeated the Terps 63-50 in the last meeting in College Park between the teams on Dec. 31, 1986. Maryland’s star center Derrick Lewis went down with an ankle injury in the first half and Notre Dame pulled away. John Johnson had 15 points for the Terps.

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Maryland faces Georgia Tech Saturday in final ACC home opener

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland hosts Georgia Tech in its ACC home opener Sunday at 2 p.m. in Comcast Center. The Terps have won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, and hold a 34-26 record all-time in such games.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins have defeated the Yellow Jackets six consecutive times at Comcast Center since 2005 — a streak spanning six games. Maryland last played Georgia Tech in an ACC home opener on Jan. 10, 2009, when current graduate assistant Eric Hayes scored 17 points to lead the Terps to a 68-61 victory.

• Maryland closed non-conference play on New Year’s Eve with a 70-56 defeat of North Carolina Central, holding the Eagles to just 32.7% shooting (2-of-15 from 3-point range). The Terps are 8-0 this season when holding opponents below 40% shooting.

• Junior guard Nick Faust turned in his best performance of the season against NC Central, matching a career-high with 19 points and adding a season-high nine rebounds. Faust is averaging 12.0 points over the last five games, previously averaging 5.4 points in the four games prior.

• The Terps were victorious in their lone ACC game of the season to date, defeating Boston College, 88-80, in Chestnut Hill, Mass. on Dec. 12. Junior Dez Wells had a career-high 33 points in the effort.

• Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against the Yellow Jackets, averaging 9.7 points in three career games. He had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting in last year’s meeting at Georgia Tech.

• Sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga. and attended Wheeler High School.

Faust Shines in Victory vs. NC Central
Nick Faust equaled his career high with 19 points and had a season-high nine rebounds to lead Maryland over North Carolina Central 70-56 on Tuesday.
Maryland (9-5) began the second half with three 3-pointers, one by Seth Allen and two by Faust. The junior guard scored 14 of his 19 after halftime.
The trio of 3-pointers gave the Terrapins a 37-26 lead with 16:47 to play. The Eagles (7-4), who lost by 11 to No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 21, were just 2-for-15 from the 3-point line. They were averaging nearly 34 percent before the game.
Jeremy Ingram, who was averaging nearly 25 points, was just 4-for-19 from the field, and led NC Central with 11.
Dez Wells added 10 for the Terps, who extended their lead to 68-45 on Faust’s 3-pointer with 3:20 to play.

Scouting Georgia Tech
Winners of four of its last five games, Georgia Tech rolls into College Park to open its ACC slate sporting a 9-4 record. The Yellow Jackets most recently defeated Charlotte, 58-55, on Dec. 29.
The Yellow Jackets announced on Jan. 2 that sophomore forward Robert Carter, Jr. — the ACC’s leading rebounder (9.2/g) — has been sidelined indefinitely with a tear of the meniscus in his left knee.
Despite the loss of Carter, Georgia Tech boasts the conference’s third leading rebounder in Daniel Miller (8.2/g). Miller is also one of four Yellow  Jackets averaging double-figures in scoring this season. Trae Golden leads the team with 13.2 points/g.

Statistically Speaking

  • Maryland has defeated Georgia Tech six consecutive times at Comcast Center dating back to Jan. 30, 2005.
  • In fact, the Terps have won 15 of their last 16 home meetings against the Yellow Jackets dating back to 1995.
  • Maryland has won 12 of their last 14 ACC home openers, including a 68-61 win over Georgia Tech on Jan. 10, 2009.
  • Junior Nick Faust has averaged 9.7 points in three career games against Georgia Tech — the most among current Terps.

Looking Back
The Yellow Jackets were victorious against the Terps in their lone meeting last season, as Robert Carter, Jr. tallied 19 points and 10 rebounds in Atlanta on Feb. 27, 2013.
Dez Wells led Maryland with 15 points, while Alex Len had 13 points and nine rebounds and Seth Allen had 12 points.
The Yellow Jackets made 16 of 28 shots from the field (57.1 percent) in the first half and finished at 51 percent for the game with 22 assists on their 26 field goals.
Trailing by double-digits for most of the second half, Wells cut the Terps’ deficit to nine points with two minutes to play.

Georgia Roots
Maryland sophomore forward Charles Mitchell is a native of Atlanta, Ga., and attended Wheeling High School in Marietta, Ga. Mitchell grew up less than 20 minutes from the campus of Georgia Tech.

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