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Maryland (15-13) at Clemson (17-10)



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DATE & TIME: Sunday, March 2, 1 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Littlejohn Coliseum (10,325) -- Clemson, South Carolina. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: Maryland 10-4, Clemson 11-2. Away Record: Maryland 2-7, Clemson 4-7. Neutral Record: Maryland 3-2, Clemson 2-1. Conference Record: Maryland 7-8, Clemson 8-7. Series Record: Maryland leads, 90-49.

GAME NOTES: The Clemson Tigers will conclude the regular season with three straight home games at Littlejohn Coliseum, beginning with a Sunday afternoon showdown against the Maryland Terrapins in Atlantic Coast Conference action.

Maryland most recently battled nationally-ranked Syracuse to the wire at home last Monday but ultimately fell on the wrong end of a 57-55 bout, giving it losses in three of its last four. The Terps are a modest 15-13 overall this season and 7-8 in the ACC, and they have not fared well on the road at just 2-7.

Clemson has also been trending in the wrong direction as the season comes to a close, having dropped four if its last six tilts. The Tigers went on the road last Tuesday and lost to Wake Forest, 62-57, to slip to 17-10 and 8-7 in league play, but they will welcome a return home to Littlejohn Coliseum, where they've won 11-of-13.

Maryland has a firm handle on the all-time series with Clemson, 90-49, which includes a win in the latest meeting on Feb. 23, 2013, 72-59.

The Terps battled back from 12 points down with less than six minutes to play in their latest bout with Syracuse, but while they were able to cut their deficit to just one with 47 seconds left, they failed to score another point as their upset bid fell just short. They were held to a mere 35 percent field goal shooting by the stout Orange defense and committed a game-high 18 turnovers. Seth Allen did his best to lift the squad to victory with 22 points on 6-of-9 from 3-point range, while Dez Wells added 15 points and seven rebounds.

On the season, Maryland successfully outpaces its opponents by shooting 43.6 percent from the field for 71.2 ppg while allowing 68.1 ppg on 42.3 percent shooting. Wells is the top scoring threat with 14.8 ppg with solid percentages from the field (.487) and the free-throw line (.794). Allen (12.6 ppg), Jake Layman (11.9 ppg), Evan Smotrycz (10.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg) and Nick Faust (9.9 ppg) are also integral pieces of the well-rounded squad.

The Tigers appeared in control of their most recent contest leading by two with under 10 minutes to play, but from there Wake Forest ripped off a 13-2 run to pull away. They were outshot from the field, 55.3 percent to 42.6 percent, and were a dreadful 5-of-13 from the free-throw line. Damarcus Harrison paced the losing effort with 15 points on 3-of-7 from 3-point range, while K.J. McDaniels and Rod Hall netted 10 points apiece.

Clemson's offensive attack has been lackluster all season long, as it shoots only 41.6 percent from the field for 62.3 ppg, but it has been able to remain competitive thanks to the nation's second-ranked scoring defense, which allows a lowly 56.2 ppg. The squad also boasts a strong rebounding margin (+3.6) and shoots 73.7 percent from the free-throw line. McDaniels is not only the team's top scorer with 16.8 ppg but contributes across the board with 6.9 rpg, 2.8 bpg, 1.3 spg and 33 3-pointers. Hall brings 9.1 ppg to the table.

Maryland's struggles on the road this season have been well documented, and it'll be hard-pressed to do much damage against the stout Clemson defense in this one.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 61, Maryland 53

03/02 10:35:11 ET

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