Maryland (16-6) at Virginia Tech (11-10)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 7, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Cassell Coliseum (9,847) -- Blacksburg, Virginia.
Television: ACC Network, ESPN3.com. Home Record: UM 14-1, VT 8-4. Away Record:
UM 1-4, VT 2-4. Neutral Record: UM 1-1, VT 1-2. Conference Record: UM 4-5, VT
2-6. Series Record: Maryland leads, 29-10.
GAME NOTES: The Maryland Terrapins travel to Blacksburg to take on the
Virginia Tech Hokies in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup at Cassell
Although they prevailed in their last game, an 86-60 decision at home over
Wake Forest, the Terrapins come into this game having dropped two of their
last three. In fact, since starting the season a stellar 13-1, which included
a 13-game winning streak, Maryland has gone just 3-5.
After falling in a heartbreaker at North Carolina in overtime, 72-60, the
Hokies have now lost four straight and eight of their last nine overall.
Maryland leads the all-time series with VaTach, 29-10. The Terps have won the
last two matchups, the most recent coming just over a month ago, a 94-71
blowout in College Park. Seth Allen scored 21 points and Jake Layman had 20 to
lead Maryland to its 13th straight win.
Logan Aronhalt tallied 13 points to lead six Maryland players in double-
figures as the Terps defeated Wake Forest, 86-60, at the Comcast Center the
last time out. In addition to Aronhalt, Jake Layman, James Padgett, Alex Len,
and Seth Allen all scored 12 points each, while Dez Wells added 11 for the
Terps, who ended a two-game slump. Len led the team with nine rebounds and
three blocks. Maryland held a dominating 42-21 rebounding edge over the Demon
Deacons, and shot a red-hot 67.3 percent from the field for the game,
including 11-of-16 from beyond the arc. The home team held Wake to just 34.4
percent shooting on the night.
Len leads Maryland in scoring this season with 12.7 ppg, while also pacing the
team in rebounding with 8.2 per game. Sitting just behind him is Wells with
12.2 ppg, as both players are shooting better than 53 percent from the field.
As a collective unit, the Terps shoot 47.5 percent from the field and average
72 ppg. Defensively, they hold their opponents to 61.3 ppg, and with that
maintain a +10.7 scoring margin, which ranks second in the ACC and among the
top-40 in the nation.
Virginia Tech led for the first 28 minutes of its most recent outing and had a
chance to win in the final seconds, but the Hokies ran out of gas and fell on
the road versus North Carolina, 72-60, in overtime. Green led the team with 16
points, but hit just 7-of-21 from the floor. His potential game-winning jumper
with two seconds left in regulation was partially blocked and the Tar Heels
took the game in overtime. The Hokies also got 15 points from Jarell Eddie and
12 from Cadarian Raines. VaTech shot just 38.7 percent from the floor.
Green continues to lead the nation in scoring with his 25 ppg. Eddie is next
on the team with 14.4 ppg, and although no other Hokie is averaging double
figures, they still rank fourth in the ACC in scoring at 73.1 ppg. They are
struggling at the defensive end however, giving up over 74 ppg, ranking them
dead last in the conference.
With offensive production not an issue, it's the Hokies' defensive failings
that are keeping them in the ACC basement. The Terps are a much more balanced
squad, so look for them to steal a rare road victory tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 74, Virginia Tech 70
02/07 10:31:03 ET
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