Miami-Florida (16-9) at Maryland (15-11)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 21st, 8:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Comcast Center (17,950) -- College Park, Maryland. Television: ACC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: Miami 11-3, Maryland 12-3. Away Record: Miami 4-6, Maryland 1-6. Neutral Record: Miami 1-0, Maryland 2-2. Conference Record: Miami 7-5, Maryland 5-7. Series Record: Miami-Florida leads, 12-7.
GAME NOTES: The Miami-Florida Hurricanes attempt keep pace with the ACC's top teams when they travel to College Park for a conference battle with the Maryland Terrapins at the Comcast Center.
Miami is experiencing a solid season thus far as it is 16-9 overall and tied for fifth place in the ACC with a 7-5 conference record. The Hurricanes have experienced a treacherous schedule, losing five games to ranked opponents, but registered a signature win at Duke on February 5, which has certainly helped their postseason resume'. They are coming off a blowout win at home on Saturday, as they defeated Wake Forest in a 74-56 final.
Maryland is having a fine campaign but hasn't reached quite the success that Miami has, sporting an overall record of 15-11 and a conference mark of 5-7. The Terrapins have been impressive in front of their home crowd this season, winning 12 of 15 games at the Comcast Center. They have also struggled against the ACC's elite, which includes a loss to nationally-ranked Virginia on Saturday, 71-44.
Miami leads the all-time series with Maryland, 12-7. The Hurricanes have taken the last two meetings, including 90-86 in double overtime on February 1.
Miami put together one of its most complete games of its ACC season versus Wake Forest on Saturday, as it connected on 46.2 percent of its field goal attempts, which included a 12-of-31 showing from three-point range, while holding the Demon Deacons to just 41.7 percent from the floor. Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott paced the squad in the victory, scoring 18 points apiece, while Scott also added seven boards, four assists and three steals. On the season, Scott (12.9 ppg, 3.4 apg) and Kadji (12.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg) help lead a balanced offensive attack for the Hurricanes. Malcolm Grant adds 11.6 ppg and 2.1 three-pointers per contest, and Reggie Johnson provides a presence in the paint with 11.1 ppg and a team-leading 7.1 rpg. As a team, Miami is one of the most efficient in the conference, scoring 71.3 ppg on 43.7 percent field goal shooting and 35.5 percent from three-point range, though it is typically sub par on the boards, giving up just as many rebounds as its grabs on a nightly basis (35.1 rpg).
Maryland has been lifted this season by the ACC's most potent scorer, Terrell Stoglin, who nets 21.4 ppg and drains the most three-pointers (72) at the third-highest clip (.381). Stoglin has scored in double digits in all but one game this season, but the Terrapins still have just the sixth-best offense in the conference (68.3 ppg) because of the lack of support behind him in the lineup, as Sean Mosley (10 ppg) is the only other consistent source of points. In Saturday's game however, everyone struggled against Virginia's stout defense as Maryland shot only 26.9 percent from the floor and committed more turnovers (15) than field goals made (14). Stoglin led the squad in scoring once again with 14 points, but struggled mightily from the field at 4-of-17 shooting. Freshman Nick Faust had a solid game with 13 points and has been coming on of late, averaging 14 ppg in the last three outings. Maryland's one- dimensional offense oftentimes leads to giveaways as it ranks next-to-last in the conference in turnover margin (-2.54).
In a vacuum, it's clear that Miami has been the more impressive team this year, but Maryland has been nearly perfect at the Comcast Center while the Hurricanes have won just four of 10 road games. Stoglin will bounce back from a poor performance to lead the Terrapins to a win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 73, Miami-Florida 70
02/21 10:42:32 ET