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
• 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).
• 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.