Maryland (24-12, 8-10 ACC) at Alabama (23-12, 12-6 SEC)
National Invitation Tournament – Quarterfinals
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 • 7:30 p.m. ET
Game #37 • Road Game #11 • Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Coleman Coliseum
TV: ESPN – Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play) & Jimmy Dykes (Analyst)
Radio: Terrapin Sports Radio Network – Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play) & Chris Knoche (Analyst)
• Maryland will play in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament for the third time in history and first time since 2005 when it takes on Alabama in Tuscaloosa Tuesday night. The Terrapins advanced to the quarters with wins over Niagara and Denver last week in College Park.
• In its two previous quarterfinal appearances Maryland is 2-0, beating Syracuse 71-65 in 1972 and topping TCU 85-73 in 2005. The Terps are seeking their third trip to New York for the semifinals and finals, having won the title in 1972 and lost in the semis in 2005.
• Since opening postseason play in the ACC Tournament, Maryland has played some of its best basketball, winning four out of the last five behind the play of Dez Wells and Nick Faust. Wells is averaging 19.4 points per game on .586 (34-58) shooting, while Faust is averaging 12.8 points per game. As a team, Maryland is shooting .476 from the field, .386 from 3-point range and .797 from the free throw line.
• Over the past 10 games, Faust is shooting .500 (43-86) from the field, .442 (19-43) from 3-point range and averaging 13.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in seven straight games. Wells, meanwhile, is averaging 18.3 points per game over the last nine and shooting .564 (61-110) from the field in that span.
• In both its first- and second-round wins, Maryland dominated the second half en route to double-digit wins. The Terrapins were tied at 35 with Niagara before outscoring the Purple Eagles 51-35 in the final 20 minutes. Against Denver, Maryland trailed 30-27 at halftime, but used a 23-4 run over the game’s final nine minutes to win 62-52.
• The Terps will be meeting Alabama just the fifth time in history. Maryland leads the series 3-1, though the Crimson Tide won the last meeting, 62-42 in the 2011 Puert