Maryland opens ACC Tournament Thursday night against Wake

March 13, 2013 | WNST Staff

Maryland (20-11, 8-10 ACC) vs. Wake Forest  (13-17, 6-12 ACC)

ACC Tournament – First Round

Thursday, March 14, 2013 • 7 p.m. ET

Game #32 • Neutral Site Game #3 • Greensboro, N.C. • Greensboro Coliseum

TV: ESPNU – Dan Shulman (Play-by-Play), Sean Farnham (Analyst), Jeannine Edwards (Sidelines)

ACC Network – Tim Brando (Play-By-Play), Dan Bonner (Analyst). The game will be broadcast on WDCA in Washington, D.C., and WNUV in Baltimore.

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

 

Storyline

 

• Maryland begins play in the opening round of the 60th annual ACC Tournament in Greensboro when it takes on Wake Forest at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Terrapins are the No. 7 seed and the Demon Deacons are the No. 10 seed, and will be meeting in the opening round for the second straight year. Last season, Maryland defeated Wake Forest 82-60. The winner of Thursday’s game moves on the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Duke Friday at 7 p.m.

 

• The Terps are the seventh seed in the ACC Tournament for the 11th time (3-7 record). Maryland is 6-3 in matchups with Wake Forest, having won six straight. The Terps lost their first three tournament meetings with the Demon Deacons (1954, 1961, 1963), but started a six-game winning streak starting with the 1973 semifinals. The other wins have come in 1984, 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012.

 

• Sophomores Dez Wells and Nick Faust have provided the majority of the scoring for Maryland recently. Wells is averaging 17.0 points per game over the last four contests and Faust is averaging 13.6 points per game over the last five. In the 61-58 overtime loss at Virginia on Sunday, Faust had a team-high 15 while Wells turned in his first double-double of the season with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

 

• Sophomore center Alex Len earned honorable mention All-ACC on Monday in balloting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Len, who ranks second in the league with 60 blocks, was also named to the All-ACC Defensive Team. The Antratsit, Ukraine, native is averaging 11.8 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game.

 

• After holding Virginia to 36.8 percent shooting on Sunday, Maryland finished the regular season ranked first in the ACC and ninth nationally in field goal percentage defense. Opponents have shot just 37.9 percent this season, and the Terps held 11 of 18 league opponents under the 40 percent mark.

 

Maryland-Wake Forest Series History

 

• Maryland leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 68-56, which dates back to 1952-53. The Terps have won 11 of 13 since 2006, and six straight.

 

• In the ACC Tournament, the Terps have won six in a row over Wake, with the Demon Deacons’ last win coming on Feb. 28, 1963. All-time at the ACC Tournament, Maryland leads 6-3.

 

• Maryland has won all four meetings with Wake Forest since Mark Turgeon took over as head coach, by an average margin of 16.0 points per game. In addition to the 86-60 win at home and the 67-57 win on the road this season, the Terps defeated the Demon Deacons 70-64 at home on 1/11/2012 and 82-60 on 3/8/2012 in the ACC Tournament first round.

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