Marist (0-4) vs. Maryland (1-2)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 4 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sports and Fitness Center (4,000) -- St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Television: CBSSN. Home Record: Marist 0-1, Maryland 1-1. Away Record: Marist 0-3, Maryland 0-0. Neutral Record: Marist 0-0, Maryland 0-1. Conference Record: Marist 0-0, Maryland 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Game two of the 2013 Paradise Jam features a matchup of first-time foes, as the Marist Red Foxes do battle with the Maryland Terrapins at the Sports and Fitness Center in St. Thomas.
Both teams will continue in the event beyond today, with the winner taking on the victor in the Northern Iowa/Loyola Marymount matchup on Sunday, and the losers facing off on Saturday.
Marist limps into this tournament with four straight losses to kick off the campaign. The Red Foxes, who are making their first-ever appearance in the Paradise Jam, have dropped double-digit decisions in each contest, the most recent of which was a 93-48 shellacking at the hands of the Providence Friars on the road last Saturday. Following the conclusion of this tourney, Marist will open Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play at Iona on Dec. 4.
Maryland has dropped two of its first three games, falling to UConn (78-77) and Oregon State (90-83), sandwiched around an easy win over Abilene Christian (67-44), the latter two both taking place at home. Following this event, the Terps will have one more serious challenge prior to starting ACC action at Boston College on Dec. 12, as they challenge the Ohio State Buckeyes eight days earlier.
It's not surprising that Marist has struggled at both ends of the court this season, the team putting up a mere 53.2 ppg while allowing 80.0 ppg. Finding the bottom of the net has proven difficult, its shots going through just 33.3 percent of the time, which includes a woeful 20.8 percent effort from 3-point range. Meanwhile, foes are connecting on 49.0 percent of their total shots, with 37.3 percent from long range being successful. Chavaughn Lewis (15.0 ppg) and Khallid Hart (10.3 ppg) are the only two double-digit scorers on the roster, and the latter was the only one to produce in last week's embarrassing loss at Providence. Hart went 8-of-13 from the field, including three 3- pointers, on his way to 21 points. The Red Foxes shot just 32.1 percent from the floor, and committed 17 turnovers, were crushed on the boards (48-26), and allowed the Friars to convert an even 50 percent of their total shots.
Dez Wells poured in 23 points, leading five players in double figures, but the Terrapins still found a way to lose to Oregon State last Sunday. Evan Smotrycz added 16 points, Jake Layman 15 and Charles Mitchell and Roddy Peters both had 10 for Maryland, which shot 42.3 percent from the field, hitting eight 3- pointers along the way. Unfortunately for the home team, the Beavers knocked down just shy of 60 percent of their total shots, and used a 23-15 edge in points from the foul line to earn the hard-fought victory. As it stands, Layman leads five double-digit scorers on the season, with all averaging between 11.3 and 15..7 ppg. The same quintet also account for 29.7 of the team's 37.7 rpg. Despite being a game under .500, the Terps own positive margins in scoring (+5.0), rebounding (+7.3) and turnovers (+0.7).
Marist is going to experience more than its share of losing this season, and there is no reason to think the team will be able to hang with a Maryland squad, that while not among the upper crust in the ACC, still has the talent and depth needed to survive against an obviously-inferior opponent.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 81, Marist 55
11/22 10:39:52 ET