Virginia (16-6) at Maryland (17-6)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, February 10, 1 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Comcast Center (17,950) -- College Park, Maryland.
Television: ACC Network. Home Record: Virginia 14-1, Maryland 14-1. Away
Record: Virginia 2-4, Maryland 2-4. Neutral Record: Virginia 0-1, Maryland
1-1. Conference Record: Virginia 6-3, Maryland 5-5. Series Record: Maryland
GAME NOTES: The Virginia Cavaliers invade the Comcast Center on Sunday in
search of their fourth straight win over their ACC rival Maryland Terrapins.
The Terrapins hold a 106-71 advantage over Virginia in a series that dates
back to 1912-13. Virginia is 23-60 against Maryland in College Park, including
a 4-6 mark at Comcast Center. The teams have split the past 10 meetings, and
Virginia is currently on a three-game winning streak. Maryland swept the two-
game season series in 2009-10, and won the first game of the series in
2010-11, before Virginia began its current streak.
Virginia picked up its fifth win in six games in convincing fashion on
Thursday, pulling off a 78-41 rout of Clemson to avenge a 15-point loss it
suffered on Jan. 12. The victory rose the Cavaliers to a third-place ACC
standing at 6-3. Junior guard Joe Harris continued his stellar campaign
against the Tigers with 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor. Harris
is leading Virginia with 15.6 ppg and knocked down 45.9 percent of his
attempts from distance.
Akil Mitchell also got into the mix in the lopsided win over Clemson by
tallying 16 points, six rebounds and four steals. Justin Anderson added 14
points and three steals while Jontel Evans dealt out eight assists. Virginia
leads the ACC by a long shot in scoring defense with an allowed average of
only 51.5 ppg. Its defensive prowess was apparent against the Tigers, who shot
just 30.8 percent from the field after going 1-of-17 from 3-point range.
Mark Turgeon's Terps took care of business on Thursday as they managed to
escape their trip to Blacksburg with a 60-55 victory over Virginia Tech. The
win was the second in a row for Maryland, which is tied for fifth in the ACC
standings with NC State and Florida State with its 5-5 league record. The
Terps are led by the dynamic inside-outside combination of Alex Len and Dez
Wells. Len has become a projected NBA lottery pick this season by posting 12.6
points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game on the inside, while Wells has
posted 12.0 points and 3.1 assists per tilt in his first season with the team
after transferring from Xavier.
Maryland got the job done against the Hokies with a tough defensive effort,
limiting Virginia Tech to 33.8 percent shooting overall including a 2-of-18
mark from 3-point range. Jake Layman scored 14 points to lead the team in the
scoring column and Len chipped in 10 points. Maryland had a balanced attack,
with five players scoring more than seven points, as it shot 40.4 percent from
the floor as a team. The Terps have been solid on both ends this season to
rank fourth in the ACC in scoring (71.5 ppg) and fifth in scoring defense
This is going to be a low-scoring, yet exciting matchup between a pair of ACC
teams with a ton of upside. Although Virginia is playing extremely well right
now, Maryland is 14-1 at home and leads the nation in rebounding with 42.8 per
game. The Terps' more balanced style of play will benefit them against the
best defensive squad in the country.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 62, Virginia 58
02/10 10:32:54 ET