FIU (3-6) at Maryland (5-3)
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN | Terrapin Sports Radio Network
- Maryland continues its six-game homestand with a Wednesday-night meeting with FIU. The Terrapins are currently on a two-game winning streak for the first time this season, having defeated Notre Dame on Dec. 4 and Mount St. Mary’s on Dec. 7. Maryland is also in a stretch in which it plays one game (FIU) in 16 days between Dec. 7 and 23 (vs. Radford), partly due to Finals Week.
- The Terrapins have seven of the next eight games at home, with the lone road trip coming on Jan. 8 for the Atlantic Coast Conference opener at NC State. Following the trip to Raleigh, Maryland returns home for league games against Wake Forest (Jan. 11) and Georgia Tech (Jan. 15).
- Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin led the Terrapins in the win over the Mount with 23 points. It was his sixth 20-point game of the season and his fourth straight (25.8 ppg over his last four games). Stoglin is sixth in the NCAA in scoring average, heading into this week with a 22.5 ppg mark. Stoglin already has a pair of 30-point games on his ledger this year, including a career-high 32 in Puerto Rico in a win over Colorado.
- Junior forward James Padgett has had four straight games in double figures, including 15 last Wednesday against the Mount. Padgett has averaged 13.3 ppg in those four outings and has raised his scoring average from 7.3 to 10.3 ppg. He leads the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and leads the ACC on the offensive glass with 4.1 rpg.
- Freshman guardNick Faust had arguably his best game thus far in the win over Mount St. Mary’s. Faust played 37 minutes and had 13 points, tied for the team lead on the boards with six and had a team-best five assists. He also chipped in two blocks and a steal, while going 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.
- Senior guard Sean Mosley had three assists, a pair of blocks, three steals, five rebounds and nine points against the Mount. His three steals pushed him into a tie for 18th place on the career list with 123. He is tied with John Gilchrist (202-05) and Ernest Graham (1977-81) and needs three more to tieAdrian Bowie (2007-11) on the next spot on the career ladder.
- Free-throw shooting had been a problem for the Terrapin in the early part of the season, but positive signs are showing. In each of the last two wins, Maryland has gone 25-for-35 at the line, hitting at a .714 percentage.
Scouting the Panthers
- FIU has a 3-6 mark this season after pulling out a 58-56 win at Stephen F. Austin on Sunday… The Panthers are coached by Isiah Thomas, who is in his third season and has a 21-50 career record.
- DeJuan Wright, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, leads the Sun Belt Conference in scoring at 17.0 ppg… Wright is shooting 56.4 percent from the field and also leads the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg), a mark that ranks third in the conference… Most recently he had 18 points on 5-of-6 shooting against Stephen F. Austin, as the Panthers shot 58.3 percent from the field.
- Freshman guard Phil Taylor is one of four Panthers averaging more than 30 minutes a game and leads the team with 40 assists, while ranking second in scoring at 14.1 ppg… Senior guard Jeremy Allen and sophomore forward Domonique Ferguson, along with Wright, are the others averaging more than 30 minutes per contest… Allen is third on the team in scoring (12.3 ppg) and Ferguson is second in rebounding (6.4 rpg).
- On the year, FIU is hitting at a .418 mark from the field while opponents are shooting .477… The Panthers are last in the conference in FG percentage defense… However, they lead the league in steals (8.9 pg) with three players who rank in the conference’s top-10 individually: Allen is first with 2.9 spg while Wright and Taylor are tied for seventh with 1.8 spg.
The matchup with FIU is the second in a six-game homestand that also has the Terrapins home in eight of nine games through mid-January… Maryland’s next game away from Comcast Center is on Sunday, Jan. 8 at NC State in the Terps’ ACC opener… Maryland then returns home for two more league games (1/11/12 vs. Wake Forest and 1/15/12 vs. Georgia Tech) before finally hitting the road for back-to-back games.