Maryland tries to stay above .500 Tuesday against Virginia Tech

March 03, 2014 | WNST Staff

Maryland closes ACC regular season play this week with a pair of home games, including Tuesday’s contest at 8 p.m. against Virginia Tech on the ACC Network.

Watch: ACCN – Tim Brant (Play-by-Play), Cory Alexander (Analyst)

Listen: Terrapin Sports Radio Network - Johnny Holliday (Play-by-Play), Chris Knoche (Analyst), Walt Williams(Sideline); Sirius 119, XM 192

Storylines

• The Terps have won four consecutive meetings over the Hokies, and hold a 31-10 all-time advantage in a series that dates back to 1925-26. Maryland is 5-2 at home in ACC play against Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the conference in 2004-05.

• Junior Dez Wells scored 19 points and sophomore Seth Allen posted 16 points and seven assists as the Terrapins defeated Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. Maryland used a 14-2 second half run to open a 17-point lead and seal the game.

• Clemson outlasted Maryland in a double overtime affair, 77-73, Sunday in the Terps’ final ACC trip to Littlejohn Coliseum. Seth Allen (45) and Dez Wells (44) notched career-highs in minutes played in the game. It was Maryland’s first double overtime game since Feb. 1, 2012 at Miami, and 15th in program history.

• Seth Allen led the Terps with a 20-point effort at Clemson, becoming the first player on the team to notch at least 20 points in back-to-back games this season. Dez Wells was the last Terrapin to accomplish the feat, scoring 21 and 30 points against Wake Forest and Duke, respectively, in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

• Maryland snagged 63 rebounds in the double overtime effort at Clemson Sunday — the most by the Terrapins ever in an ACC contest. It was the sixth-most rebounds in a single game in program history, and most since the Terps tallied 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

Clemson Outlasts Terps in Double OT
Sophomore Seth Allen scored 20 points and Evan Smotrycz added 19 as Clemson took down Maryland 77-73 in double overtime at Littlejohn Coliseum Sunday.
Allen’s final basket gave the Terrapins a 71-70 lead with 1:27 to go. K.J. McDaniels then drove the lane and found a teammate open in the right corner for a 3-point basket. Smotrycz had 19 points off four 3-pointers for Maryland.
The Tigers seemed to wrap it up on Hall’s 3-pointer with 19.2 seconds left in the first overtime for a 63-59 lead. But officials reviewed the shot, found his feet were on the line and changed it to a two-point goal and a 62-59 lead. That’s when Smotrycz hit his fourth 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go and sent the game to double overtime.

Scouting Virginia Tech
The Hokies have struggled this season, accumulating a 2-14 mark in the ACC (9-19 overall). Virginia Tech has just one victory in its last 15 contests, defeating Miami on Feb. 15.They most recently lost to North Carolina by four points on March 1.
Virginia Tech is a strong rebounding team, ranking second in the conference in defensive rebounds (26.3/g). The Hokies struggle to cause turnovers, however, averaging just 3.4 steals per game.
Jarell Eddie leads the Hokies in both points (13.4/g) and rebounds (5.4/g), including an 18-point performance against the Tar Heels Saturday. Devin Wilson is second in the ACC with 4.7 assists per game, while Joey van Zegeren is fourth in blocks (50).
Maryland has defeated the Hokies in four consecutive meetings, and hold a 31-10 advantage in the all-times series.

Last Time
Maryland came away with a 20-point road victory against Virginia Tech, 80-60, earlier this season on Feb. 1. It was the Terrapins’ fourth straight win over the Hokies.
The Terrapins shot 51.8 percent from the floor, as Maryland pulled away at the end of the first half on consecutive 3-pointers by Seth Allen and Jake Layman. A 14-2 second half Maryland run put the game out of reach for the Hokies.
Dez Wells led the Terps with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Allen added 16 points and seven assists.

Milestones, Feats, etc…
- Nick Faust and Dez Wells will both be playing there 100th career games Tuesday against Virginia Tech. Wells played 32 of those games at Xavier, before transferring to Maryland after his freshman season.

- It will also be the 100th game at Maryland for head coach Mark Turgeon.

- Maryland snagged a season-high 63 rebounds at Clemson Sunday, the most in an ACC game ever for the program. The mark ranks sixth in Maryland history, and is the most since the Terps had 64 against North Texas on Dec. 23, 1998.

- Seth Allen followed a 22-point performance against No. 4 Syracuse with 20 points at Clemson Sunday, becoming the first Terp to record at least 20 points in back-to-back games since Dez Wells last season. Wells posted 21 points against Wake Forest and 30 versus Duke on back-to-back days in the 2013 ACC Tournament.

Maryland Closes ACC Reg. Season Play Sunday
The Maryland men’s basketball team will play its final regular season game in ACC history Sunday against No. 5 Virginia as it makes its transition into the Big Ten Conference next season.
Maryland will honor the night in a number of ways at it looks back on its time in the ACC, including a wide array of activities and giveaways. The first 12,000 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ACC timeline poster featuring a collection of the most memorable Terrapin moments in the conference.
Pregame activities include an autograph session with past Maryland greats, photo opportunities with ACC trophies and an interactive wall that fans can sign their favorite ACC memories on.

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 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.

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