Maryland continues a two-game ACC road swing as it travels to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on Florida State on Sunday at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU.
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• The Terrapins and Seminoles have met every season since the series began in 1992, with Maryland holding a formidable 29-13 all-time advantage (10-9 on the road). Maryland won 15-of-16 meetings from Feb. 13, 1997 – Jan. 14, 2001.
• Sophomore Seth Allen shined in the Terps’ loss at Pittsburgh, shooting 4-of-7 from beyond the arc for a season-high 18 points. Since returning from a fractured left foot against Tulsa on Dec. 29, Allen has sparked Maryland with 12.3 points/g on 52 percent shooting from 3-point range.
• Junior guard Nick Faust has the most experience among current Terrapins against Florida State, averaging 10.7 points on 12-of-24 (.500) shooting in three career games. Dez Wells had 19 points in the teams’ last meeting on Jan. 30, 2013, while Charles Mitchell posted 10 points in 14 minutes.
• Transfer Evan Smotrycz has posted 14 points in back-to-back games, and is currently averaging 12.3 points through three ACC games (12.4/g overall). The junior is currently tied for second in the ACC with three double-doubles on the season.
• The Terps turned in their most efficient game of the season against Georgia Tech on Jan. 4, registering 16 assists against a season-low six turnovers. It was the least amount of turnovers for Maryland since March 21, 2010 against Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Maryland Falls to Pitt
Sophomore Seth Allen had a season-high 18 points and Evan Smotrycz added 14 as Maryland fell to Pittsburgh 79-59 on Jan. 6.
The Panthers (14-1, 2-0) shot 53 percent from the floor and pulled away from the Terrapins, who dropped their first ACC game of the season. Allen led Maryland (10-6, 2-1) but the Terrapins couldn’t keep up with the Panthers.
Durand Johnson keyed a late first-half surge that put Pitt in front and kept it going in the second half. The Panthers used a 15-7 burst to build a 13-point lead, then pulled away.
The Terrapins were looking for their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 2002, when they went on to win the national title behind Juan Dixon and Steve Blake.
Scouting Florida State
The Seminoles won their first conference game of the season Thursday night with a 56-41 road victory at Clemson. Florida State forced 18 turnovers and Clemson shot just 30 percent from the field as Ian Miller led all scorers with 15 points and five assists.
With Thursday’s win at Clemson, the ‘Noles have now won four of their last five contests, including a 60-55 victory over nationally-ranked Massachusetts on Dec. 21. FSU’s only loss during the span came in its ACC home opener against Virginia, 62-50.
Similar to the Terps, Florida State spreads the ball offensively with four players averaging at least 9.0 points/g, led by Miller (13.5/g). Okaro White, who has three double-doubles on the season, leads the team with 6.5 rebounds/g. Meanwhile, Aaron Thomas is third in the ACC in steals (2.21/g) and Boris Bojanovsky is third in blocks (2.14/g).
By the Numbers:
- Evan Smotrycz has scored 14 points in back-to-back games, and has notched double-figures in four of his last five games.
- Seth Allen has notched double-digit scoring totals in three-of-four games since returning from injury, and played a season-high 26 minutes at Pitt.
- Both Nick Faust and Jake Layman were held without a 3-point field goal for the first time all season at Pitt. Faust was riding a streak of eight straight games, while Layman’s streak was snapped at seven.
- Junior Jon Graham led the Terps in rebounds (5) at Pitt in just 12 minutes of action.
- Maryland is 8-0 when leading at the half.
- Maryland is 9-0 when opponents shoot below 40 percent.
Terps Cruise Past Georgia Tech
The Terrapins had four players score in double figures in Maryland’s 77-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Jan. 4 to move to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time since the 2002-03 season. They had 16 assists compared with only six turnovers, and nine players received significant playing time.
Maryland never trailed while launching the home portion of its final trip through the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Nick Faust scored 16, Evan Smotrycz contributed 14 points, Dez Wells added 11 and Charles Mitchell collected 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (10-5, 2-0).
In defeating Georgia Tech for the seventh-straight time at home, Maryland built a double-digit lead in the opening four minutes, upped the margin to 20 early in the second half and coasted to the finish.