Maryland hosts Denver in NIT second round Thursday night

March 20, 2013 | WNST Staff

Maryland (23-12, 8-10 ACC) vs. Denver  (22-9, 16-2 WAC)

 

National Invitation Tournament – Second Round

Thursday, March 21, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #36 • Home Game #21 • College Park, Md. • Comcast Center

TV: ESPNU – Mike Patrick (Play-by-Play) & LaPhonso Ellis (Analyst)

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

 

Storyline

• Maryland continues play in the National Invitation Tournament as it plays host to the University of Denver Thursday at 7 p.m. in Comcast Center in the first ever meeting between the two schools. The Terrapins advanced to the second round of the NIT with an 86-70 win over Niagara Tuesday night.

• The quick turnaround has Maryland playing its fifth game in eight days. Despite the busy stretch, the Terrapins have played some of their best basketball as of late – over the last four games, Maryland is averaging 80 points per game, shooting .479 from the field, .408 from 3-point range and .798 from the free-throw line.

• Dez Wells and Nick Faust have increased their scoring recently, with Wells averaging 18.3 points per game over the last eight games and Faust averaging 13.3 over the last nine. In that eight-game stretch, Wells is shooting .550 (55-100) from the field and .438 (7-16) from 3-point range. Faust has also shot it well, having hit .506 (41-81) from the field and .450 (18-40) from 3PT.

• Wells led Maryland to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament last weekend, averaging 22.0 points per game en route to first team All-Tournament honors. The sophomore had a career-high 30 points on 9-of-13 shooting in the 83-74 quarterfinal win over No. 2 Duke, making all 10 of his free throw attempts while adding six rebounds and three assists.

• In the win over Niagara, Maryland dominated the second half after going into the locker room tied at 35. Faust, Seth Allen and Logan Aronhalt each had 15 points, while Wells added 12 and Charles Mitchell had 10. That marked the third time in the last four games that five Terrapins scored in double figures. Aronhalt scored all 15 of his points on 3-pointers (5-7), and Faust recorded his first career double-double by grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

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