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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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Terps try to bounce back Sunday at Florida State

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland continues a two-game ACC road swing as it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Carter Blackburn (Play-by-Play), Jay Williams (Analyst), Allison Williams (Reporter)

Storylines

• The Terrapins and Seminoles have met every season since the series began in 1992, with Maryland holding a formidable 29-13 all-time advantage (10-9 on the road). Maryland won 15-of-16 meetings from Feb. 13, 1997 – Jan. 14, 2001.

• Sophomore Seth Allen shined in the Terps’ loss at Pittsburgh, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for a season-high 18 points. Since returning from a fractured left foot against Tulsa on Dec. 29, Allen has sparked Maryland with 12.3 points/g on 52 percent shooting from 3-point range.

• Junior guard Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against Florida State, averaging 10.7 points on 12-of-24 (.500) shooting in three career games. Dez Wells had 19 points in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 30, 2013, while Charles Mitchell posted 10 points in 14 minutes.

• Transfer Evan Smotrycz has posted 14 points in back-to-back games, and is currently averaging 12.3 points through three ACC games (12.4/g overall). The junior is currently tied for second in the ACC with three double-doubles on the season.

• The Terps turned in their most efficient game of the season against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, registering 16 assists against a season-low six turnovers. It was the least amount of turnovers for Maryland since March 21, 2010 against Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland Falls to Pitt
Sophomore Seth Allen had a season-high 18 points and Evan Smotrycz added 14 as Maryland fell to Pittsburgh 79-59 on Jan. 6.
The Panthers (14-1, 2-0) shot 53 percent from the floor and pulled away from the Terrapins, who dropped their first ACC game of the season. Allen led Maryland (10-6, 2-1) but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with the Panthers.
Durand Johnson keyed a late first-half surge that put Pitt in front and kept it going in the second half. The Panthers used a 15-7 burst to build a 13-point lead, then pulled away.
The Terrapins were looking for their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2002, when they went on to win the national title behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.

Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles won their first conference game of the season Thursday night with a 56-41 road victory at Clemson. Florida State forced 18 turnovers and Clemson shot just 30 percent from the field as Ian Miller led all scorers with 15 points and five assists.
With Thursday’s win at Clemson, the ‘Noles have now won four of their last five contests, including a 60-55 victory over nationally-ranked Massachusetts on Dec. 21. FSU’s only loss during the span came in its ACC home opener against Virginia, 62-50.
Similar to the Terps, Florida State spreads the ball offensively with four players averaging at least 9.0 points/g, led by Miller (13.5/g). Okaro White, who has three double-doubles on the season, leads the team with 6.5 rebounds/g. Meanwhile, Aaron Thomas is third in the ACC in steals (2.21/g) and Boris Bojanovsky is third in blocks (2.14/g).

By the Numbers:

  • Evan Smotrycz has scored 14 points in back-to-back games, and has notched double-figures in four of his last five games.
  • Seth Allen has notched double-digit scoring totals in three-of-four games since returning from injury, and played a season-high 26 minutes at Pitt.
  • Both Nick Faust and Jake Layman were held without a 3-point field goal for the first time all season at Pitt. Faust was riding a streak of eight straight games, while Layman’s streak was snapped at seven.
  • Junior Jon Graham led the Terps in rebounds (5) at Pitt in just 12 minutes of action.
  • Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
  • Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent.

Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech
The Terrapins had four players score in double figures in Maryland’s 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 to move to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2002-03 season. They had 16 assists compared with only six turnovers, and nine players received significant playing time.
Maryland never trailed while launching the home portion of its final trip through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nick Faust scored 16, Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells added 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-5, 2-0).
In defeating Georgia Tech for the seventh-straight time at home, Maryland built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, upped the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.

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Maryland makes quick turnaround to visit Pitt Monday night

Posted on 05 January 2014 by WNST Staff

MARYLAND (10-5, 2-0 ACC) at PITT (13-1, 1-0 ACC)

Monday, January 6, 2014 • 7 p.m. ET

Petersen Events Center (12,508) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

MEDIA INFORMATION

Television: ESPNU (Bob Picozzi and Kara Lawson)

Coaches: Pitt: Jamie Dixon, 15th year at Pitt, 11th year as head coach (275-87); Maryland: Mark Turgeon, 3rd year at UM (52-33), 16th year overall (302-192).

Rankings: Pitt: AP-ARV; USA Today-ARV; Maryland: AP-NR; USA Today-NR.

Series: Pitt and Maryland meet for the eighth time in school history. Maryland holds a 5-2 advantage in the series which began on Feb. 15, 1977. The last time the two teams met was on Nov. 18, 2010 in the 2K Sports/Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Madison Square Garden, a 79-70 Pitt win. Pitt has hosted Maryland on two different occasions: Feb. 11, 1978 (89-86 Pitt win in OT) and on Jan. 27, 1981 (69-66 UM win in OT). Both were played at Civic Arena.

 

GAME PREVIEW

PITTSBURGH–Pitt (13-1, 1-0 ACC) plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball game at home when it hosts Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) for a Monday, January 6 contest at the Petersen Events Center. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET.

The game will be nationally televised on ESPNU with Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (color analysis) making the call. Matthew Bartley will handle production. The broadcast was moved to ESPNU to accommodate coverage of the FBS national championship game on ESPN2.

Pitt has won its 13 games by an average of 17.9 points per game margin, all 13 wins have come by nine or more points and 10 of its 13 by 17 points or more. Offensively, the Panthers are averaging 76.7 points per game, converting 48.0 percent (379-789) of field goals, 33.0 percent (69-209) of 3-point field goals and an amazing school-record pace of 74.6 percent (247-331) of free throw attempts. Pitt is also outrebounding its opponents by a sizable plus-9.2 margin. Defensively, Pitt is holding its opponents to 58.9 points per game and yielding a 39.5 percent (295-747) field goal percentage. Thirteen of Pitt’s 14 opponents have been held to 70 points or less and eight have scored 60 points or less.

Pitt is 9-0 at home this year, on an 11-game home win streak and 19-game consecutive win streak against non-conference opponents at home. Pitt also owns a 110-3 record vs. non-conference opponents at the Petersen Events Center and has won 131 of its last 135 home games against regular season non-conference opponents.

Pitt hosts Maryland, its second ACC opponent, after registering a 74-62 victory at North Carolina State on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C. The Panthers battled all the way back from an early 17-2 first half deficit to win by 12 points. In the second half, Pitt used 63 percent shooting (17-27) and hit 11-13 free throws in taking control. During a decisive seven-minute stretch after halftime, Pitt converted on 12 of its 13 possessions and outscored NC State 24-6. Lamar Patterson led Pitt with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Talib Zanna added 15 points and nine rebounds and freshman Michael Young contributed a career-high 13 points. Patterson (17) and Zanna (nine) combined to score 26 of their 37 points in the second half.

Maryland (10-5, 2-0 ACC) is on a three-game win streak after consecutive wins over Tulsa, North Carolina Central and Georgia Tech. Head coach Mark Turgeon’s Terrapins are led by four players in double figure scoring including Dez Wells (15.0 ppg./5.3 rpg.), Jake Layman (13.7 ppg./5.1 rpg.), Evan Smotrycz (12.3 ppg./6.9 rpg.) and Nick Faust (10.4 ppg.). This marks Maryland’s third ACC game as it has defeated both Boston College (88-80 on Dec. 12) and Georgia Tech (77-61 on Jan. 4).

 

MONDAY’S TOP STORYLINES

•Pitt plays its first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference home game when it hosts Maryland on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Petersen Events Center.

•Pitt coach Jamie Dixon owns a 12-0 record vs. previous ACC teams and a 28-10 overall record vs. current ACC teams (including Syracuse, Notre Dame).

•With its 13-1 record, Pitt has currently amassed the second most wins in the ACC.

•With a 9-0 home record and currently on an 11-game home win streak, Pitt is in its 12th season at the Petersen Events Center and carries a 189-22 record (.896) in the arena. The Panthers have won 95 of their last 107 home games and 38 of their last 48 conference home games.

•When comparing ACC basketball programs over the last 13 years, Pitt ranks second among league programs in overall winning percentage (332-97, .774), league winning percentage (142-63, .693), homecourt winning percentage (.896) and NCAA Tournament appearances (11).

 

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Turgeon says Terps’ execution better against Georgia Tech than all season prior

Posted on 04 January 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon

Opening Statement:

“I’m really pleased with the way we played. We just continue to get a little bit better. I can talk about a lot of things that went well. One was our post players played well and our post defense was really good. We didn’t always finish, but we had a presence down there. We played inside out, which was great and it carried over from the defensive end to the offensive end. We had 16 assists and six turnovers. That’s really good for us. Roddy [Peters] had five assists and no turnovers and that’s really great for him. His defense on [Trae] Golden was tremendous. We did a lot of things well. Guys played smart defensively. Our execution was better than it has been all year. Georgia Tech is a hard team to score against, and we got 77 today, so it’s good for us.”

On the team’s unselfishness:

“It’s a fight every day to get guys to pass the ball. We had a really good practice today. We really shared the ball, we executed and guys were having fun. It carried over. For the most part, our shot selection was better. We shot a few shots that led to layups for them, but our passing was better and our guys are looking for each other. Just having more offensive players on the floor, it makes us harder to guard. They key so hard on Jake [Layman] that it opens everything else up for us. The guys really shared the ball and it was good to see.”

On Nick Faust’s improved shooting:

“He got his release up higher, that’s number one. That happened right before Christmas. Then just getting away, and having one more scorer playing takes a lot of pressure off Nick. When you look at percentages, who are you going to let shoot. You’re going to let Nick shoot, but he’s knocking them down right now. I’m happy for him and really defended. He’s just under control. He’s so much better with the ball and not forcing things. He’s playing like a veteran guard should.”

On Shaq Cleare:

“I’m so happy for Shaq. When he hit that running hook at the start of the game, I looked over to [Coach] Spinelli and said, ‘wow, that was big time.’ It’s hard for Shaq. Most of the time Shaq’s chasing around a 6’7” skinny guy, and tonight he got to bang on a big kid. If you remember last year when Shaq played well, he was usually banging on a big body. Today he had a good matchup. He loves hitting and being physical. He got his offense going and he was much better. It really, really helped us.”

Sophomore Center Shaquille Cleare

On getting the first basket of the game:

“We needed that bucket to get the game going.  Coach [Turgeon] just told me to go in right away and make an impact and be aggressive from the get-go.”

On what he’s doing to handle the offense:

“It’s time for a change; I’m just working hard in practice, staying positive when things aren’t going my way.  Everything is going to fall into place for me, I just have to stay positive and work hard.”

On being more comfortable defending a player his size:

“It’s a lot easier; defense is one of our main things.  People scoring on me is really personal; [Daniel Miller] is not a smaller guy I have to chase around.  It’s just him and I one-on-one, it’s up to who is going to be the toughest guy.”

Junior Forward Evan Smotrycz

On if Coach Turgeon has changed anything he’s saying throughout the season:

“[Coach Turgeon] has been saying the same thing, coming back from Christmas break we wanted to think of it as a fresh start and ever since then we’ve really been playing tough on defense and I think that spurs our offense a little bit.”

On how they adjusted from the loss to Boston University:

“It was timely in the fact that we got to go home and reevaluate things and realize what we needed to bring and how we needed to bring it every day.  Ever since we came back guys have been playing hard for us and we have really good depth so we can wear teams down.”

On Shaq’s opening basket:

“That was a nice move — big for him and big for us too.  He really got us going.  It’s good to play inside out.  When our bigs are scoring we’re tough to guard; if a team collapses on our bigs then we’ll knock down shots.  We have a lot of depth and guys just played really hard today.”

Junior Guard Nick Faust

On the team’s play of late:

“We’ve been playing really well lately and as a team we’ve really been concentrating a lot on defense so I really think that’s a reason why our offense is going so well, it’s because of our defensive pressure.”

On his role off the bench:

“Coming off the bench I can just bring a lot of energy. Me and Seth [Allen], coming off the bench, we’re a big spark for our team. We’re excited just coming off the bench and bringing a lot of energy.”

Georgia Tech Head Coach Brian Gregory

Opening Statement:

“Give them credit, [it’s] a very eerie similarity to last year’s game at our place. Their post players played well. I think when you combine [Shaquille] Cleare and [Charles] Mitchell, I think it’s 14, 15 points and 12 or 13 rebounds. And last year, we had Daniel [Miller] play well. Last year we had a couple guys shoot the ball extremely well from the three, and that’s what happened this year for them. Similar games, unfortunately the wrong team played the same. Give them credit. They did a good job. Defensively they did a good job on us, and we weren’t as good defensively as you need to be on the road.  I think you’re starting to see the Maryland team that I think maybe was projected early in the year, with multiple players that can really hurt you offensively. And I think they’re a team that’s only going to keep getting better.”

On the loss:

“Anytime you play in this league, there’s going to be ebbs and flows to games, and you’ve got to be able to sustain your concentration during another team’s run. And I thought we did that early. I thought we hung in there and then got that thing back to five,  then let it slip those last five minutes. That was the most disappointing thing for me during that game. They’re going to have some runs and make some plays, they’re a high-quality team, but we gave up some threes, and I know three for sure in the first half that were just defensive mistakes. And their guys still have to make shots, so give them credit for making them.”

On Quinton Stephens and Kammeon Holsey:

“I thought Q [Quinton Stephens], for a freshman in his first ACC game, crawling into that situation did a lot of good things. He had six rebounds for us, 10 points, did some good things. He’s going to be a good player in this league. He’s going to be forced to maybe do some more stuff faster than maybe you’d like, but I think he’s capable of helping us. I thought Kamm [Kammeon Holsey] is Kamm; he did a good job. We’re going to have to keep evolving, obviously.”

On Dez Wells:

“Mark [Turgeon] asks him to do a lot of things, but sooner or later because of your intensity level and your energy level, a lot of good things are going to happen. He’s gotten to a point that even when he’s not playing as well, or maybe making some jump shots—I don’t know if he even made one jump shot tonight—he was a big key in that. He did a lot of good things. We got him in foul trouble because we were aggressive against him, but [Nick] Faust comes in and steps up and does a good job. Again, those guys are maturing a little bit.”

Senior Guard Trae Golden

On tough start of the game:

“It was tough. They hit a lot of three’s tonight. We didn’t guard the three’s very well and that’s definitely tough to overcome on the road.”

On adjusting without Robert Carter, Jr.:

“It’s a big adjustment. He is a big part of our team. We have to just prepare. Guys who step out [on the court] have to make shots and share the ball.”

On the conference loss:

“We didn’t play well as a team. We didn’t defend well. Some of our better guys didn’t shoot well. It’s a loss, but we have 18 or 19 more games. We just have to watch film and let it go.”

Sophomore Guard Marcus Georges-Hunt

On playing against Dez Wells:

“We are both aggressive scorers. We are both strong and physical. He’s a great player. I think it was a good matchup.”

On early troubles defensively:

“We didn’t communicate in the transition defense. They got a lot of open shots and knocked them down. They finished the game 53 percent from the three-point line. They shared the ball great and their defense talked on transition. That is how they got a lot of easy baskets.”

On first ACC game as a loss:

“We have to learn what we did wrong to play better and not give up. We have to stick together as a team and play each game. We have another game on Tuesday, so we just have to learn from this one. That is how we will play better moving forward.”

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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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Terps have short turnaround, face NC Central Tuesday afternoon

Posted on 30 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland closes non-conference play as it brings in the new year Tuesday afternoon against NC Central at 2:30 pm in Comcast Center. This is the first meeting in history between the teams, and Maryland holds a 39-2 record against current MEAC schools.

Watch: ESPN3 – Mike Corey (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Storylines

• Sophomore guard Seth Allen starred in his season debut against Tulsa, scoring 15 points in 21 minutes of action. Allen missed the first 12 games of the season after fracturing his left foot in practice on Oct. 29.

• Sunday was a milestone night for Dez Wells, who surpassed the 1,000-point mark with his fourth point of the game against Tulsa. Wells has scored 702 points at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

• The victory against Tulsa marked head coach Mark Turgeon’s 300th career win. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon (300-192) is the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• Dez Wells considers NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton a ‘father figure,’ as Moton was a mentor for Wells while growing up in Raleigh, N.C.

• Junior Jonathan Graham has played his way into the frontcourt rotation in recent games, and could be a viable starting option for the Terps Tuesday. The junior transfer is averaging 17.2 minutes over the last five games, tallying at least one block in every game. He had a season-high seven rebounds vs. Tulsa.

• The Terps are 6-0 when leading at the half and 8-0 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game.

Last Time Out
Dez Wells recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds and Seth Allen scored 15 points to help the Maryland men’s basketball team overcome an early double-digit deficit in an 85-74 victory over Tulsa Sunday night.
Allen came off the bench to provide Maryland (8-5) with a much-needed spark, playing in his first game since breaking his foot on October 29. Despite being sidelined for three months, the sophomore point guard played 21 minutes, had three of the Terps’ 10 assists and connected three times from beyond the arc.
The Terrapins took the lead for good when Jake Layman drilled a 3-pointer to make it 48-45 with 12:32 left. Nick Faust followed with a jumper from beyond the arc, and Maryland moved ahead 52-47.

Seth Allen Stars in Return
Sophomore Seth Allen fractured a bone in his left hand during practice on March 24 and missed the final two games of the 2012-13 season. His return was then pushed back eight more weeks after he broke his foot on Oct. 29.
Allen played beyond the expectations of many in his season debut against Tulsa Sunday when he poured in 15 points in 21 minutes (10 first, 11 second) of action. The guard was greeted to a large ovation from the Comcast crowd as he checked into the game at the 15:46 mark of the first half.
Trailing by as many as 15 points in the first half versus Tulsa, the Terps mounted a 14-2 run that was partially sparked by Allen. The shifty point guard scored his first field goal of the season on a quick layup through the hole, before delivering a 3-pointer 23 seconds later to send Maryland fans into a frenzy.

Milestones Abound
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon earned his 300th career victory with the Terrapins’ 85-74 defeat of Tulsa Sunday. He joined Gary Williams and Lefty Driesell as the only coaches in Maryland history to have earned 300 victories during their careers.
Junior Dez Wells’ victory came much earlier in the Tulsa game, as he recorded his 1,000th career point just three minutes and 51 seconds in the game. Wells needed just four points to reach the plateau entering the game, and finished with 18. He currently has 702 points through 51 games at Maryland since transferring from Xavier after his freshman season.

Scouting NC Central
Despite boasting a strong 7-3 record, NC Central has lost two of its last three contests at IUPUI and Wichita State. The Eagles upset in-state foe NC State earlier this season in overtime, 82-72.
The Eagles rely heavily on Jeremy Ingram, who is averaging 24.6 points on the season. The senior turned in an incredible performance against Wichita State, posting a career-high 37 points in the defeat.
NC Central has shown strong defensive ability through its first 10 games, ranking 12th in the nation in 3-point FG defense (.275), 35th in scoring defense (63.5) and 41st in steals/g (8.0).

Raleigh Connections
Junior Dez Wells looks up to NC Central head coach LeVelle Moton, who served as a mentor and “father figure” for Wells as he grew up in Raleigh, N.C. Moton is arguably the greatest player in NC Central history, playing from 1992-96.

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Terps hope to bounce back Sunday night against Tulsa

Posted on 28 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland returns to action Sunday after a week of rest as it welcomes the Tulsa Golden Hurricane to Comcast Center for a 7:00 pm tip.

Watch: ESPNU – Mike Cristino (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams (Sideline)

Storylines

• The Terrapins and Golden Hurricane are meeting for just the second time in series history, last facing each other on Dec. 28, 1964 — nearly 49 years ago to the date. The Terps defeated Tulsa in the opening round of the Hurricane Classic in Miami, Fla. with a 66-59 victory.

• Mark Turgeon and Tulsa head coach Danny Manning were teammates during their playing days at Kansas from 1984-1987. The pair went to the 1986 Final Four, before Kansas won the national title in 1988 when Manning was a senior and Turgeon was in his first season as an assistant coach.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 16 for his efforts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic. Peters totaled a career-high 14 points at Boston College, before posting five assists against FAU. Peters posted a career-high seven assists against Boston University.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon (299-192) needs just one win to collect his 300th career victory. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon would become the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• Dez Wells needs just four more points to reach the 1,000-point plateau for his career. The junior is averaging a career-best 15.5 points/g, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells transferred to Maryland from Xavier after his freshman season.

Last Time Out
Maryland faltered in its last outing on Dec. 21 at Comcast Center as it fell behind by 10 points at the halftime break and lost to Boston University, 83-77.
The Terps chipped away at the Terriers’ lead in the second half, and Dez Wells used a lay-up to tie the game, 51-51, with 12:25 to play. Wells then gave Maryland its first lead of the second half, 56-55, with a jumper at the 9:06 mark. Boston University answered every challenge, however, making timely shots to quell the Terps’ runs and hang on for the victory.
Wells led the Terps with 18 points, nine rebounds and a career-high five blocks in the effort, while Evan Smotrycztallied his team-high third double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Terps Edge Florida Atlantic
Maryland returned to Comcast Center for the first time since Nov. 29 as it defeated Florida Atlantic, 66-62, on Dec. 14.
The Terps led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Florida Atlantic battled back to make it a two-point game at the halftime break, 33-31.
Sophomore Jake Layman stepped up in the second half, knocking down all four shots (3 from 3-point range) in the frame. Layman finished with 22 points in the game, including a huge 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to put the Terps ahead by six points and seal the game.
While the Terps shot just 39.7 percent from the field, they manged 18 assists in the game — the second-most this season (Morgan State – 26). Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 14 assists in the game.

Scouting Tulsa
The Golden Hurricane enters Comcast Center as winners of three of its last five games, despite beginning the season with six losses in eight contests. Tulsa most recently lost to TCU on Dec. 21, 70-58.
Tulsa is led by James Woodard and Rashad Smith, who are averaging 13.8 and 12.4 points-per-game, respectively. Woodard is shooting 40% from beyond the arc, while Smith leads the team in blocks (10).

Coaching Milestone Looms
Head coach Mark Turgeon is on the verge of earning his 300th career victory Sunday, currently standing at a record of 299-192 (.609). Turgeon would become just the third head coach in Maryland history to have achieved at least 300 career wins (Gary Williams – 668, Lefty Driesell – 786).
Turgeon garnered 25 wins in his first two seasons of coaching at Jacksonville State, before totaling 128 wins in seven seasons at Wichita State. He then earned 97 wins at Texas A&M, prior to winning 49 so far at Maryland.

Closing in on 1,000 Points
Junior Dez Wells needs just four more points to reach 1,000 for his career, currently sitting at 996. Wells scored 312 points during his freshman season at Xavier, before totaling 498 last season. The Raleigh, N.C. native is averaging a career-best 15.5 points this season, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells is averaging 19.2 points over his last five games, scoring double-figures in eight straight contests.

Peters Emerging as Terps’ Point Guard
Freshman Roddy Peters has grown more comfortable with each game at the point guard position for the Terps, culminating with ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Dec. 16 in starts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic.
• Despite averaging just 20.7 minutes/g, Peters leads the Terrapins by a wide margin with 45 assists (3.8/g).
• Peters has posted at least three assists in seven consecutive games, including a career-high seven-assist performance against Boston University.
• He shined in his first career ACC game at Boston College, pouring in a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

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Maryland welcomes Boston U Saturday for 200th game in Comcast Center history

Posted on 20 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland continues non-conference play Saturday as it hosts Boston University at 1 p.m. in Comcast Center for the 200th men’s basketball game in the arena’s history. The Terrapin men hold an all-time record of 162-37 (.814) in Comcast Center since its inaugural season in 2002-03.

Watch: ESPN3 – Mike Corey (Play-by-Play), Glenn Consor (Analyst)

Storyline:

• The Terps won their second consecutive game last Saturday with a 66-62 defeat of Florida Atlantic, led by 22 points from sophomore Jake Layman. Maryland jumped out to a 13-point lead early in the contest, and never relinquished its lead in the victory.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was named ACC Rookie of the Week on Dec. 16 for his efforts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic last week. Peters totaled a career-high 14 points at Boston College, before posting five assists against FAU. Seth Allen and Charles Mitchell both earned the honor last season.

• Head coach Mark Turgeon (299-191) needs just one win to collect his 300th career victory. Currently in the midst of his 16th season, Turgeon would become the eighth active ACC coach to reach the milestone.

• The Terrapins won their first conference game of the season with an 88-80 victory over Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Terps shot 55.2 percent from the field — their second-best percentage of the season (62.3 – Morgan State), as Dez Wells scored a career-high 33 points. Wells (978) needs just 22 more points to reach 1,000 for his career.

• Assistant coach Scott Spinelli graduated from Boston University in 1989, while Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.) and Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass.) are both from outside of Boston.

Last Time Out

Maryland returned to Comcast Center for the first time since Nov. 29 as it defeated Florida Atlantic, 66-62, last Saturday.

The Terps led by as many as 13 points in the first half, but Florida Atlantic battled back to make it a two-point game at the halftime break, 33-31.

Sophomore Jake Layman stepped up in the second half, knocking down all four shots (3 from 3-point range) in the frame. Layman finished with 22 points in the game, including a huge 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining to put the Terps ahead by six points and seal the game.

While the Terps shot just 39.7 percent from the field, they manged 18 assists in the game — the second-most this season (Morgan State – 26). Roddy Peters, Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz combined for 14 assists in the game.

Scouting Boston University

Boston University enters the Comcast Center on a three-game losing skid, including a pair of overtime losses to Harvard and Norfolk State. The trio of losses follow a four-game Terrier winning streak that saw Boston jump out to a 6-2 record to start the season.

The Terriers are led offensively by do-it-all sophomore point guard Maurice Watson, Jr., who leads the Patriot League in assists (6.5/g), total steals (23) and total field goals made (69). He also leads the Terriers in points (14.6/g) and field goal percentage (.575), while grabbing 4.3 rebounds/g.

Watson was spectacular in the Terriers’ overtime loss to Norfolk State last Sunday, nearly notching a triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds. Teammate John Papale had 18 points in the effort, while Travis Robinson chipped in 14.

Coaching Milestone Looms

Head coach Mark Turgeon is on the verge of earning his 300th career victory Saturday, currently standing at a record of 299-191. Turgeon would become just the third head coach in Maryland history to have achieved at least 300 career wins (Gary Williams – 668, Lefty Driesell – 786).

Turgeon garnered 25 wins in his first two seasons of coaching at Jacksonville State, before totaling 128 wins in seven seasons at Wichita State. He then earned 97 wins at Texas A&M, prior to winning 49 so far at Maryland.

Terps Earn Road ACC Victory

Maryland opened its ACC slate with an important road victory at Boston College, 88-80.

The Terps got off to a sizzling start against the Eagles, jumping out to a 15-6 lead in the first 5:11. Nine of the 15 points came on 3-pointers, as Evan Smotrycz hit a pair and Nick Faust knocked one down from the wing.

After Olivier Hanlan put Boston College ahead, 64-60, with 7:19 to play, Dez Wells fought his way to the free throw line to begin a torrid scoring run for the Terps. Wells scored 16 points in the final 6:46 to push Maryland to the victory.

Boston Connections

Maryland assistant coach Scott Spinelli graduated from Boston University in 1989, leading the Terriers to the 1988 NCAA Tournament as a point guard. Evan Smotrycz (Reading, Mass.) and Jake Layman (Wrentham, Mass.) both hail from outside of Boston.

Closing in on 1,000 Points

Junior Dez Wells needs just 22 more points to reach 1,000 for his career, currently sitting at 978. Wells scored 312 points during his freshman season at Xavier, before totaling 498 last season. The Raleigh, N.C. native is averaging a career-best 15.3 points this season, including a career-high 33-point performance at Boston College. Wells has scored 22 points on just two occasions this year, but is averaging 19.5 points over his last four games.

Peters Emerging as Terps’ Point Guard

Freshman Roddy Peters has grown more comfortable with each game at the point guard position for the Terps, culminating with ACC Rookie of the Week honors last week in starts against Boston College and Florida Atlantic.
• Despite averaging just 20.2 minutes/g, Peters leads the Terrapins by a wide margin with 38 assists (3.5/g).
• Peters has posted at least three assists in six consecutive games, including a five-assist performance against Florida Atlantic.
• He shined in his first career ACC game (on the road), pouring in a career-high 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

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Maryland opens ACC play Thursday night at Boston College

Posted on 11 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland opens ACC play for the final time in its history Thursday as it takes on Boston College at 7:00 pm in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPNU.

Watch: ESPNU – Tom Hart (PxP), Len Elmore (Analyst)

Storylines

• The Terrapins are 8-9 all-time against Boston College, winning two of the last three meetings in the series. Maryland is 33-27 all-time in ACC openers, but has lost 16-of-26 ACC openers that were on the road. Tonight marks Maryland’s fourth time meeting the Eagles in an ACC opener, garnering a 1-3 record (0-1 at BC).

• After a sluggish start at the Verizon Center, Maryland battled back from a 14-point second half deficit Sunday at the BB&T Classic before George Washington’s Maurice Creek hit a game-winning jump shot with 0.6 seconds remaining to sink the Terps, 77-75.

• The Terps’ full court press stifled George Washington’s offense over the last four minutes of the contest, as the Colonials committed eight turnovers in the final 4:11. GW managed just one shot during that time span – the game-winner with 0.6 to play.

• Freshman Roddy Peters was highly effective down the stretch against GW, garnering six of his career-high 11 points and two steals in the final 4:06. He leads the team with 30 assists (3.3/g), while averaging just 19.7 minutes of action.

Last Time Out
Maryland lost its second consecutive game last Sunday as it fell to local foe George Washington at the Verizon Center in a thriller. Trailing by 12 points at halftime and by as many as 14 in the second half, the Terrapins rallied to tie the game with 1:07 left with a stifling full court press.
The Colonials regained the lead after Maurice Creek knocked down a pair of free throws, but Maryland freshmanRoddy Peters tied the game at 75 with a pair of clutch free throws at the other end with eight seconds remaining.
GW inbounded the ball to Creek in the backcourt, who then sank a step-back jumper from 17 feet with 0.6 seconds left for the win. Nick Faust was able to toss a half-court prayer, but the shot fell short as time expired.

Scouting Boston College
Boston College returns home after falling at Purdue, 88-67, on Dec. 4 and at USC, 78-62, last Sunday. The Eagles are currently 3-6 on the season.
The Eagles have two of the best shooters in the ACC, between Olivier Hanlan (19.2 points/g – 6th ACC) and Ryan Anderson (18.0 points/g – 9th ACC). Anderson also leads Boston College in rebounds (6.4/g).
Despite its poor record, Boston College ranks first in the nation in free throw percentage (80.8). Hanlan and Anderson are a combined 113-for-138 (.819) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Joe Rohan led the Eagles in their most recent game against USC, tallying 11 points, nine assists and six rebounds. USC used an 11-3 run to take a 43-35 lead with 17:20 left, and BC failed to cut its deficit to one possession for the rest of the game.

Dramatic Comeback Falls Short
Maryland’s thrilling comeback against George Washington was ignited by a stingy full court press that the Colonials had no answer for. George Washington managed just one shot in the final 4:18 seconds, as it committed eight turnovers on its final 12 possessions. Unfortunately for the Terps, the lone Colonial shot in the time span happened to be Maurice Creek’s game-winner.
Nick Faust and Roddy Peters had a field day defensively during the press, combining for four steals. Peters also had six of his career-high 11 points during the run.

Boston Connections
The trip to Chestnut Hill will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz and sophomore Jake Layman, who both hail from Massachusetts. Smotrycz (Reading) is from just north of Boston, while Layman (Wrentham) grew up south of Boston.
Assistant coach Scott Spinelli also has ties in the area, having grown up in Leominster.

Terps Raise Money for Cancer Awareness
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted its inaugural “Terps Got Talent Student-Athlete Talent Show” on Tuesday evening to benefit the American Cancer Society. The show featured 17 performances and raised more than $3,100.
Freshman Damonte Dodd represented the men’s basketball team, displaying his drumming skills to the crowd.

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Maryland faces George Washington Sunday in BB&T Classic

Posted on 07 December 2013 by WNST Staff

Maryland faces George Washington at the Verizon Center Sunday at 3:30 pm in Washington, D.C. as part of the 19th annual BB&T Classic. The Terps have competed in the Classic every year since its inception in 1995.

Watch: MASN – Jim Hunter (Play-by-Play), John Feinstein (Analyst), Byron Kerr (Sideline)

Storyline

• The Terrapins are 16-11 all-time in the BB&T Classic and are currently riding a two-game win streak with victories over Notre Dame (2011) and George Mason (2012). Past Maryland MVPs from the tournament include Keith Booth, Steve Francis and Lonny Baxter, though the award was discontinued in 2005.

• Maryland’s four-game win streak was snapped Wednesday as it fell to No. 5 Ohio State, 76-60, in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Terps fell to 10-5 (4-2 on road) in their final contest in the tournament as a member of the ACC.

• Sophomore Charles Mitchell was a monster on the offensive glass against Ohio State, tallying nine offensive rebounds, including six in the first half. The Marietta, Ga., native notched back-to-back double-digit rebound totals for the first time in his career, and currently leads the ACC in offensive rebounds (3.6 pg).

• Redshirt junior Evan Smotrycz continues to play well for the Terps, averaging 16.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last four games. Smotrycz currently ranks fifth in the ACC in rebounds (7.5 pg), and has scored in double figures in every game he has started this season.

Last Time Out
Maryland struggled to find a rhythm Wednesday as it fell to fifth-ranked Ohio State in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Value City Arena. The Buckeyes jumped out to an 18-9 lead in the first 5:22 on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond-the-arc, and never looked back en route to a 76-60 victory.
Maryland outrebounded Ohio State by a significant margin, 44-30, largely due to the effort of Charles Mitchell. The sophomore earned his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Mitchell made an immediate impact off the bench, slamming home a dunk 45 seconds into action.

Scouting George Washington
George Washington is off to its best start since 2005-06 after defeating Rutgers Wednesday night to move to 7-1. The Colonials have registered wins against defending ACC champion Miami and then-No. 20 Creighton, while their lone loss came in a 16-point defeat to No. 25 Marquette. GW is currently receiving votes in both the Associated Press and ESPN polls.
The Colonials boast a balanced offense, featuring four players averaging double-figure scoring totals. Maurice Creek leads the team with 15.3 ppg on 46 percent shooting from beyond-the-arc, while Isaiah Armwood is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 7.9 rebounds.
Armwood earned Wooden Legacy All-Tournament team honors last weekend, limiting Creighton All-American Doug McDermott to just seven points.
George Washington currently ranks atop the Atlantic 10 in a number of categories, including assist-turnover ratio (1.34), assists (15.3 pg), field goal percentage defense (38.2), scoring margin (14.0) and total blocks (45).

Terps Shoot Lights Out vs. Morgan State
Maryland put on an incredible shooting display on Nov. 29 when it handily defeated Morgan State by its largest margin of the season, 89-62. After scoring a season-high 45 points in the first half, the Terps shot 67 percent in the second half to cap a strong offensive outing.
The Terps posted 14 points in the first 3:51 of the game and never looked back as they shot 33-of-53 (.623) from the field, including 13-of-20 (.650) from beyond-the-arc.
Jake Layman led the way in the outing, tallying a career-high 27 points on 7-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. In the second half, Layman scored 16 points in just 13 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Evan Smotrycz posted his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.

Paradise Jam Champions
Maryland won its first in-season tournament since 2006 when it captured the Paradise Jam title in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Terps handily defeated Marist in the opening round, before defeating Northern Iowa and Providence on consecutive nights.
The Terps’ defense was impressive on the tropical trip, holding opponents to just 30.7 percent shooting and an average of 53.7 points. Opponents shot a meager 13-for-57 (.228) from 3-point range.
Junior Dez Wells (12.7 pts, 4.7 rebs) earned tournament MVP honors, while Evan Smotrycz (12.3 pts, 7.0 rebs) was named to the all-tournament team. Jake Layman led the team with 13.7 points and 33.7 minutes on the trip.

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