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Maryland starts 2013-2014 campaign Friday night in Brooklyn against UConn

Posted on 07 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Storyline

• Maryland opens its season for the second consecutive year at Barclays Center as it takes on No. 19 Connecticut Friday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The Terps narrowly fell to then-No. 3 Kentucky, 72-69, in their season-opener at Barclays Center last season on November 9, 2012.

• The game can be seen live on ESPN2, called by John Saunders and Len Elmore. Fans can also listen to the action on the Terrapin Sports Radio Network, called by Johnny Holliday, Chris Knoche and Walt Williams.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon returns six key players from last season’s 25-13 squad that advanced to the NIT semifinals: guards Seth AllenNick Faust and Dez Wells and forwards Shaquille CleareJake Layman and Charles Mitchell. Maryland also added 6’9” Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz, who sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Terps won five of their last seven games last year, posting 25 wins for the first time since 2007.

• The Terps led the Atlantic Coast Conference in both field goal percentage defense (.385) and rebound margin (+8.6), becoming the first ACC team do so since North Carolina in 1998. Key to that success was Alex Len, who was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Len will be replaced inside by Shaquille Cleare (2.7 rpg) and Charles Mitchell (5.4 rpg), a pair that combined to play in 75 games as freshmen in 2012-13.

• Three of Maryland’s top four scorers return from last season: Dez Wells (13.1 ppg), Nick Faust (9.4 ppg) and Seth Allen (7.8 ppg). Wells averaged 17.8 points on .558 shooting during a 10-game span from February 27 – March 26, including a 30-point effort in the Terps’ ACC Tournament semifinal victory over No. 2 Duke.

• Point guard Seth Allen sustained a fracture in his left foot during practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started as Maryland’s point guard in its lone exhibition on Nov. 3 against Catholic.

On Openers

The Terps had previously won 10 straight season debuts dating back to 2001 before falling to then-No. 3 Kentucky at Barclays Center last season, 72-69, on November 9, 2012.

Once trailing by 15 points to Kentucky in the first half, Maryland stormed back to take a 63-62 lead with 5:37 left to play before falling in the final minutes. Alex Len had 23 points and 12 rebounds in the effort, while Nick Faust had 11 points.

Head coach Mark Turgeon has won 12 of 15 regular-season openers in his career, including 10 straight prior to last season’s loss. His only two other losses were with Jacksonville State to open the 1999-2000 season and Wichita State to open the 2001-02 season.

Scouting Connecticut

Senior Shabazz Napier and junior Ryan Boatright return to the Connecticut backcourt this season as the Huskies begin their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference. With his first season as head coach in the books, Kevin Ollie is looking to build on a 20-win season in 2012-13 as he brings back 92.4% of the scoring and 88.1% of the minutes played from last year.

Napier (17.5 ppg) and Boatright (15.5 ppg) combine for quite possibly the nation’s most talented backcourt, as the tandem led UConn in both points, assists and steals last season. Napier was also second on the team in rebounds (4.4).

Sophomore Omar Calhoun, a Big East All-Rookie Team selection last year, will provide an interesting matchup for the Terps’ Jake Layman on the wing. An athletic forward, Calhoun averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds as a freshman.

UConn: A History

Friday’s matchup will mark the fourth time in six total meetings that Maryland and UConn square off on a neutral court. The University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum hosted the inaugural meeting on February 15, 1941, as Connecticut was victorious, 52-43.

Friday’s matchup marks the first time Maryland and UConn have met since the pair of sides played in a memorable NCAA Tournament East Regional Final in Syracuse, N.Y. on March 24, 2002. In a frantic game that saw 25 lead changes — including seven in the final 12 minutes — the Terps outlasted the Huskies in a barnburner, 90-82, on tremendous outings from Lonny Baxter (29 pts) and Juan Dixon (27 pts).

Maryland went on to win the National Championship with a 64-52 defeat of Indiana one week later.

In fact, Maryland has advanced to the Final Four the last two times it has played UConn (2001, 2002). The 2001 meeting was in the BB&T Classic.

Lengthy Lineup

The Terps’ length could cause formidable matchup problems for opponents this season, as its starting lineup against Catholic on Sunday averaged 6’7.5”. The starting lineup featured forwards Shaquille Cleare (6’9”), Evan Smotrycz (6’9”) and Jake Layman (6’8”) and guards Nick Faust (6’6”) and Dez Wells (6’5”).

Featuring tall players is nothing new to Maryland, however, as the Terps featured a lineup averaging 6’8” three times last season (Wells, Faust, Layman, Cleare, Len). That combination of players was just 1-2 in three games – defeating Clemson (2/23) and falling to then-No. 1 Duke (1/26) and Georgia Tech (2/27).

Last Time Out

Maryland cruised by Catholic University, 84-39, in its lone exhibition game of the year on Nov. 3 as the Terps shot 52.8% from the floor (59.1% in the second half).

The Terps trailed early, 10-8, but received a quick boost on three consecutive 3-pointers from sophomore Jake Layman in a span of 68 seconds to take a 17-10 lead. Layman led all scorers with 23 points in the contest. His official career-high is 20 points against Virginia Tech (1/5/13).

Charles Mitchell notched a game-high 11 rebounds (6 off., 5 def.), including 10 in the first half, while freshmanDamonte Dodd snagged eight boards. Nick Faust had 14 points and Evan Smotrycz added 11 points and four assists.

The Terps went 9 of 19 from 3-point range (.474), led by Layman’s 5-for-7 shooting. Faust added three 3-pointers, as well.

Head Coach Mark Turgeon

• Turgeon led his teams to at least 20 wins in eight of the last 10 seasons.

• His teams have advanced to postseason play nine times in the last 11 years, including NCAA berths in five of the last eight seasons. His record in the last nine years is 226-112 (.675).

• As a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has compiled a 26-13 NCAA Tournament record (8-4 as a player, 13-4 as an assistant, 5-5 as a head coach).

• In 14 NCAA Tournament appearances as a player, assistant coach and head coach, Turgeon has lost an NCAA opener only twice (Oregon in 1995 under Coach Jerry Green, and 2011 as the head coach at Texas A&M – 57-50 loss vs. Florida State).

Milestones, Streaks, etc.

• Maryland’s last victory over a ranked team was an 83-74 win over then-No.2 Duke on 3/15/2012 in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament in Greensboro Coliseum.

• The Terps’ last road win over a ranked team was an 82-80 win at then-No. 1 North Carolina on 1/19/2008.

• Maryland’s last losing season came in 1992-93, the last year of devastating NCAA sanctions levied against previous staffs at Maryland.

• Each school in the ACC has had a losing season since the Terps fell below .500 21 seasons ago. In fact, nine of the 11 ACC opponents have suffered through a losing season since the Terps won the NCAA title in 2002, with Duke and UNC the exceptions.

• Dez Wells has scored at least nine points in 11 consecutive games dating back to last season.

Summer Tour: The Bahamas

Maryland traveled to the Bahamas for its Summer Tour this past August, earning three victories in three days against Bahamas All-Stars, Commonwealth Giants and Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

Sophomore Jake Layman starred on the trip for the Terps, averaging 21.3 points over the course of the three contests, including a pair of 25-point performances.

Junior Dez Wells opened the trip with 22 points, nine rebounds and a number of electrifying dunks in the Terps’ 92-84 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars. Sophomore Seth Allen led the way in the second game, notching 26 points and 10 assists in a 97-90 win over the Commonwealth Giants. Layman and Nick Faust closed the trip with 25 and 20 points, respectively, in the Terps’ 11-point win over the Grand Bahamas All-Stars.

The trip was particularly significant for sophomore Shaquille Cleare, a native of Andros, Bahamas. Although Cleare was unable to play due to injury, his family and friends were in attendance at the games to support the Terps. The sophomore also enjoyed showing his teammates and coaches around the Bahamian mainline.

Albert King to be Recognized

Terrapin legend and Brooklyn native Albert King will be recognized during tonight’s game. King’s #55 jersey currently graces the rafters of the Comcast Center for his contributions to the Maryland Terrapin basketball program from 1977-1981.

Regarded as the nation’s best high school player as a senior at Fort Hamilton High School, King ended one of the most publicized recruitment efforts of the era by choosing Maryland over 500 other colleges across the country.

After tallying 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman and then earning All-America accolades as a sophomore, King turned in a season for the ages as a junior. The all-purpose Terp broke the then-Maryland single-season record with 674 points, earning two appearances on the cover of Sports Illustrated. He garnered ACC Player of the Year and first team All-America for his efforts honors. Over 30 years later, King remains among the top-four scorers all-time in Maryland history.

King was one of four Terrapins selected in the 1981 draft, selected 10th overall by the New Jersey Nets, alongside teammate Buck Williams. He played in the NBA for nine seasons.

Quick Hitters

• Guard Seth Allen broke his left foot in practice on October 29 and is expected to miss 10 weeks. Dez Wells started at point guard in the exhibition against Catholic.

• Maryland won 25 games in a season for the ninth time in school history last year. The Terps also won 25 or more in 1971-72 (27), 1984-85 (25), 1994-95 (26), 1998-99 (28), 1999-2000 (25), 2000-01 (25), 2001-02 (32) and 2006-07 (25). Mark Turgeon is the third Maryland coach to achieve the feat, joining Lefty Driesell and Gary Williams.

• Turgeon’s current winning percentage of .600 (42-28) is the best mark by a Maryland coach in his first two seasons. Bud Millikan had a .592 winning percentage, Gary Williams had a .574 mark and Lefty Driesell garnered a .519 percentage.

• The Terps appeared in the NIT for the eighth time in school history last year, and hold a 14-7 record in the tournament.

• The NIT appearance marked 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).

• Head coach Mark Turgeon’s teams have now won at least 20 games in five of the last six seasons and eight of the last 10.

• Maryland set a single-season record for games played (38) last season. The previous record was 37 in 1984-85.

• Maryland did not beat a ranked opponent in either of the two seasons prior to last year. The Terps had three wins over a ranked team last year: No. 14/15 NC State, No. 2/1 Duke (Feb. 16), and No. 2/2 Duke (March 15).

• The 13-game winning streak Maryland went on last season was tied for the second longest in school history, trailing just the 14-game streak the Terps went on in 1931-32.

Experience is Evident

Head coach Mark Turgeon returns his most experienced team in three years as coach at Maryland, including 12 letterwinners from a season ago. Among the returners is Dez WellsNick FaustJake Layman and Shaquille Cleare, who combined for 94 starts a season ago. Additionally, Evan Smotrycz started 42 games during his two seasons at Michigan.

Despite the experience, it must be noted that none of Maryland’s rotational players are seniors which bodes well for the future. Former walk-on John Auslander is the lone senior on the squad.

Tough Schedule

With the addition of Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame to the ACC this season, Maryland will play a highly formidable schedule in 2013. Including a date with No. 19 Connecticut to open the season, the Terps are schedule to face seven ranked teams in the Associate Press Preseason Top-25.

For the first time in the history of its existence in the ACC, Maryland will not play Duke, North Carolina or North Carolina State at home. In fact, this marks the first year Maryland will not play Duke at home since 1955.

The 18-game conference slate features four home-and-home dates for Maryland: Pittsburgh, Florida State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Fresh Faces

Head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff signed its second consecutive consensus top-20 recruiting class this season with the addition of local products Damonte Dodd (Centreville, Md.) and Roddy Peters (District Heights, Md.).

Maryland has had a player recognized on the ACC All-Freshman Team three out of the last four seasons, and hopes to continue the trend this season with Peters and Dodd. Prior to Nick Faust in 2012, Terrell Stoglin was honored in 2011 and Jordan Williams was honored in 2010.

Turgeon on Peters: “He has excellent court vision, a great feel for the game and his length at his position is a great asset. He’s an unselfish basketball player that is all about winning.”

Turgeon on Dodd: “Damonte will be fun to coach and he really has big upside. He runs, rebounds, and blocks shots, and his best years on the basketball court are ahead of him.”

Home Sweet Home

Maryland has been a dominant home team over the years:

• The Terps are 865-298 (.744) all-time at home dating back to 1923-24.

• Maryland is 159-36 (.815) all-time at Comcast Center.

• Maryland is 213-41 (.839) at home the last 12 seasons (since 1998-99).

• Maryland is 76-17 (.817) in home-openers in College Park all-time, including a 36-game winning streak (last loss on 11/27/76 to Notre Dame, 80-79, OT). The Terps did not play a home game in 1918-19.

Fear the Turtle!

Maryland is one of the most consistent winning programs in the country following more than a decade of excellence:

• The Terps have averaged 22.41 wins per season the last 17 years, including eight consecutive 20-win seasons from 1996-2004.

• Maryland has 18 postseason appearances in the last 20 years, including 11 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament from 1993-2004.

• The Terrapins have won at least two postseason games (ACC, NCAA, NIT) in 10 of the last 15 seasons.

• The Terps have advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen seven times in the last 19 years.

• Maryland made consecutive trips to the NCAA Final Four in 2001 and 2002 .

• The Terps captured the 2002 NCAA National Championship.

• The Terps captured the 2004 ACC Tournament Championship.

• Maryland shared the 2010 ACC Regular-Season Title with eventual national-champion Duke.

Working Overtime

Maryland is 48-51 all-time in overtime games. Maryland was 0-1 last season in extra sessions, falling to Virginia, 61-58, at Comcast Center on March 10, 2013.

• Maryland has played at least one overtime game in 18 of the last 21 seasons. The Terps did not go overtime in 2010-11, marking the first time in eight seasons they finished business in regulation for the entire.

• Maryland’s 89-74 OT win over Vermont (11/21/08) marked the largest winning margin in an overtime game for the Terps, who outscored the Catamounts 17-2, including the first 17 points of the extra session.

• Maryland is 25-18 in overtime games played at home, including a 6-1 mark at Comcast Center. The last overtime game at Comcast was on March 4, 2012, when Maryland lost to Virginia, 75-72.

Lunch with the Legends

Prior to Friday’s game against Connecticut, former coaching legends Gary Williams and Jim Calhoun will team up for “Lunch with the Lengends” in the University Club in New York, N.Y. at 12:00 p.m.

Williams and Calhoun, in addition to former Maryland and Connecticut players, will engage with attendees as they reflect on their respective national championship winning teams. Williams and Calhoun last met when the Terps ousted the Huskies in the 2002 NCAA Regional Final en route to capturing the national title.

Williams and Calhoun combined for over 1,000 victories during their respective time at Maryland and Connecticut, winning four national championships.

McLendon Scholarship Check Presentation

Maryland athletics is proud to announce the presentation of a check from Barclays Center to the John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation. Maryland director of athletics Kevin Anderson, a board member of the John McLendon Minority Foundation, will be accepting the check on behalf of the Foundation. Brett Yorkmark, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, will present the check on behalf of Barclays Center.

The McLendon Foundation was founded by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) in 1998. The organization provides educational opportunities and serves as a vehicle for networking, information and advocacy on behalf of the profession. Since its inception, the program has provided more than 65 postgradute scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to minority students pursuing a postgraduate degree in athletics administration.

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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 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 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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