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Maryland tries to bounce back Wednesday at Florida State

Posted on 30 January 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland (15-5, 3-4 ACC) at Florida State (11-8, 3-3 ACC)

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • 8 p.m. ET

Game #21 • Road Game #5 • Tallahassee, Fla. • Donald L. Tucker Center

TV: ACC Network – Rich Waltz (Play-by-Play) and Cory Alexander (Analyst)

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

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland wraps up a difficult January stretch when it heads to Tallahassee to take on Florida State Wednesday night. The Terps have played four of their last five against teams ranked in the top 36 of the RPI, including three in the top 15 (at Miami – No. 3; vs. NC State – No. 15; at Duke – No. 1). Maryland and Florida State met in College Park on Jan. 9, with the Seminoles overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit to win, 65-62.

 

• In the loss at then-No. 1 Duke on Saturday, Maryland shot 41.7 percent from the field. The Terps had been 13-0 when shooting above 40 percent this season, but the Blue Devils became the first team to crack the 50-percent barrier against Maryland, finishing at 52.4 percent. Dez Wells and Charles Mitchell led Maryland with 13 points apiece, and Alex Len had eight points and 10 rebounds.

 

• The Terps have held six of seven ACC opponents under 38 percent shooting and had held the last five opponents to 65 points or fewer before Duke scored 84. Opponents are shooting just 36.0 percent against Maryland this season, a mark which ranks fourth nationally behind just Kansas (34.9), Texas (35.3) and Syracuse (35.9). Maryland has also outrebounded all 20 opponents this season and ranks second in the country in rebounding margin (plus-10.4), behind only Colorado (plus-14.1).

 

• With seven of the 10 players in Maryland’s regular rotation either freshmen or sophomores, the majority of Maryland’s scoring this season has come from underclassmen. Of the 71.4 points per game Maryland is averaging, 58.2 come from underclassmen (82 percent). The Terrapins top five scorers are all freshman or sophomores.

 

• Len narrowly missed out on his sixth double-double of the year with eight points and 10 rebounds vs. the Blue Devils. He continues to lead the team in scoring (13.2 points per game) and rebounding (8.3 per game), while Wells is second on the team in scoring (11.9 ppg) and assists (3.0 per game).

 

Maryland-Florida State Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series, 29-12, which dates back to 1992. The Seminoles have won two straight, which matches their longest winning streak in the series. The teams have split the last 10 games.

 

• Maryland’s last win in the series came on 2/23/2011 at home, and its last win on the road came on 2/4/2010. All-time, Maryland has a 10-8 advantage in Tallahassee. (See complete series history, page 4).

 

• In the first meeting this season, Maryland led 36-27 at halftime before Florida State outscored the Terps 38-26 in the second half to win, 65-62. Alex Len had 15, Nick Faust had 14 and Seth Allen had 13 to lead Maryland, while Okaro White scored a game-high 20 for FSU, Michael Snaer had 15 and Ian Miller had 12. The Seminoles also recorded 13 blocks – a game high by a Maryland opponent this year.

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