Terps Tangle With Top 5 Tar Heels Saturday

February 03, 2012 | WNST Staff

#5/6 North Carolina (19-3, 6-1) at Maryland (13-8, 3-4)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 | 4 p.m. | Comcast Center
ESPN / ESPN3 | Terrapin Sports Radio Network

  • Maryland plays host to North Carolina in a late-afternoon matchup at Comcast Center. The Terrapins (13-8, 3-4) are in seventh place in the Atlantic Coast Conference and will be facing a Tar Heel squad (19-3, 6-1) tied for first place in the league. UNC comes to Comcast Center on a four-game winning streak, including a 68-53 win at Wake Forest on Tuesday.
  • The Terrapins are coming off a 90-86 double-OT loss on Wednesday at Miami. The game was Maryland’s first overtime contest in 59 outings, with the last extra-session contest being a 104-100 double-overtime win at Virginia Tech on 2/27/2010. The Terps did not play an overtime game during the 2010-11 season.
  • Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin scored a career-high 33 points Wednesday at Miami, his third 30-point effort of the season. He scored 11 points in the overtime after scoring 18 in the second half. Maryland rallied from a 62-46 deficit in the final seven minutes, and erased a nine-point deficit in the last 3:13 of regulation to send the game into overtime. He is 4th in the nation in scoring through Thursday’s games.
  • Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring with a 21.8 points-per-game average. He also continues as the only player in the conference averaging above 20 points per game. Stoglin has also consistently stayed in the top 10 in scoring nationally, coming into the Miami game sixth in the nation. No other player in the ACC has more than one 30-point game this season, while his 15 games with at least 20 points is almost double anyone else in the league. Coming into the 2011-12 season, Stoglin’s previous career-high was a 28-point effort last season at North Carolina.
  • Senior guard Sean Mosley is 12 points away from becoming the 50th Terrapin to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his career. That achievement opens a window for him to be in the discussion as one of the most versatile Terrapins ever. He would become the eighth player in Maryland history to earn 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in his career.
  • Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has a long-standing connection with North Carolina head coach Roy Williams. Turgeon was an assistant coach at Kansas under Williams for four seasons (1988-89 through 1991-92), including the 1991 season when Kansas was the national runner-up.
  • Center Alex Len scored 11 points Wednesday against Miami, hitting 4 of 6 shots from the floor and 3 of 4 from the free-throw line. It was Len’s first game scoring in double figures in the last seven outings. Len had four blocked shots against the Hurricanes, the most by a Terrapin this season. In seven league games, the Ukranian freshman has 16 blocks, ranking third with a 2.3 bpg average in the league.
  • Maryland has won two of the last three and four of the last six in the series with Tar Heels. The Terps lost 87-76 in the Smith Center in their only meeting last season. The Terps won 92-71 on 2/7/2010 in the last meeting in Comcast Center.

    Scouting the Tar Heels

  • North Carolina is 19-3 and 6-1 in the ACC, having won 13 of its last 14 games… The Tar Heels are ranked fifth in the nation in the Associated Press Poll and sixth in the Coaches Poll.
  • Averaging 84.1 points per game, North Carolina possesses the top scoring offense in the nation and is winning by an average margin of 17.5 ppg, tops in the ACC and fourth in the country… The Tar Heels lead the conference in several statistical categories, including rebounding margin (plus-11.8 pg), blocked shots (6.5 pg) and assists (18.1 pg), while ranking second in field goal percentage (.471), field goal percentage defense (.384), steals (7.6 pg) and turnover margin (plus-1.82 pg).
  • Sophomore forward Harrison Barnes lead the team and ranks third in the ACC in scoring at 17.3 ppg, while 7-footer Tyler Zeller is contributing 15.0 ppg and 9.7 rpg… 6-foot-11 junior John Henson gives North Carolina more size and experience in the post, with Henson leading the team in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and ranking third in scoring (14.2 ppg)… Henson also leads the conference with 3.3 blocks per game.
  • Sophomore Kendall Marshall is one of the top point guards in the nation, averaging 9.5 assists per game with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio, marks that are both second in the country.

    Upcoming

    Maryland has back-to-back road games at Clemson (2/7) and Duke (2/11) before coming home to face Boston College on 2/16… Five of Maryland’s final eight games are on the road…

    The matchup with UNC is one of five games to be played against nationally ranked teams in the Terrapins’ last nine games of the regular season.

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