Maryland looks to finish season sweep at Virginia Tech Thursday

February 06, 2013 | 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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