Maryland (15-13, 7-8 ACC) at Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC)
Maryland embarks on its final regular season road trip of the season as it faces Clemson in a matchup with ACC Tournament seeding implications Sunday at 1 p.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum. Head coach Mark Turgeon is 3-0 against Clemson during his three-year tenure at Maryland, and the Terps have won four straight in the series.
Watch: ACCN – Wes Durham (Play-by-Play), Bobby Cremins (Analyst)
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• The Terps are a formidable 90-49 in an all-time series against Clemson that dates back to 1938, despite losing 26-of-60 games in South Carolina. Maryland is 84-41 against the Tigers since the inception of the ACC in 1953-54.
• Trailing No. 4 Syracuse 51-39 with less than six minutes to play, Maryland came within one shot of a major upset at Comcast Center last Monday. Sophomore Seth Allen’s game-winning 3-point bid clanked off the backboard as time expired.
• Seth Allen carried the Terrapins offensively against the Orange, notching six of the Terrapins’ 14 field goals in the game. Allen scored 22 points on 6-of-9 shooting from beyond-the-arc, including five straight points with less than three minutes remaining.
• Junior Dez Wells scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half to provide the Terps a much-needed boost alongside Allen against Syracuse. Wells has been spectacular in the second half of conference games, averaging 10.8 points on 55 percent shooting.
• Maryland is 7-1 in conference games when scoring 70 points or more, last doing so against Wake Forest. The Terps are also 12-2 this season when leading at the half.
Terps Fall Short Against No. 4 Syracuse
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 22 points and connected on six 3-point attempts as a late Maryland rally fell short against No. 4 Syracuse, 57-55, on Monday night.
Maryland trailed 51-39 with 5:45 left and staged a furious comeback with a 15-6 run behind the play of Allen and junior Dez Wells (15 points). After Nick Faust missed a go-ahead layup with seven seconds left, the Terps sent Trevor Cooney to the line. The Orange hit 1-of-2 to take a 57-55 lead, and head coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout. Allen took the inbounds pass and went coast-to-coast, shooting a 3-pointer that clanked off the backboard as time expired.
Freshman guard Tyler Ennis led Syracuse with 20 points and senior C.J. Fair, a native of Baltimore, Md., added 17 points.
Clemson (17-10, 8-7 ACC) has lost four of its last six games since opening the season 6-3 in conference play. The Tigers most recently lost on the road to Wake Forest, 62-57, due in large part to a 13-2 Demon Deacon run in the second half. Damarcus Harrison led all scorers with 15 points.
Clemson has one of the best defenses in the nation, ranking second in the country in points against (56.2/g). The Tigers are last in the ACC in assists (10.2/g) and 14th in scoring offense (62.3/g).
K.J. McDaniels leads Clemson in a number of categories, including points (16.8/g) and rebounds (6.9/g). He also leads the ACC in blocks (2.78/g), while teammate Landry Nnoko is sixth in the category(1.62/g)
Big Ten Announces 2014-15 Home/Away Opponents
Maryland’s home and away opponents for its inaugural men’s basketball season in the Big Ten Conference were announced Friday, Feb. 28.
The Terps have home dates against five teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2013: Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Maryland will also host Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State and Rutgers.
Maryland will play five home-and-home series, featuring Indiana, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State and Rutgers. It will also face Illinois, Iowa, Ohio State and Purdue on the road.
Nick Faust scored a season-high 18 points to lead Maryland past Clemson in the teams’ last meeting on Feb. 23, 2013.
Then freshmen Jake Layman and Shaquille Cleare combined for 22 points in the effort, while Devin Booker led Clemson with 16 points.
Maryland led 35-32 at the half, before pulling away in the second half on 11 second half points from Faust.
Clemson: A Series History
Maryland has generally had the upper-hand against Clemson in a series that dates back to 1938, leading 90-49.
The Terrapins won the inaugural ACC meeting between the teams by a sizable 81-41 margin on Dec. 4, 1953 at Clemson. Gene Shue and Bob Everett each had 18 points to lead the Terps.
Terrell Stoglin scored 27 points to lead Maryland to a 64-62 victory in its last visit to Littlejohn Coliseum. The Terps led 53-39 with eight minutes to go, before the Tigers went on a 19-6 run to close the gap.