Wake Forest (10-10) at Maryland (15-6)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 2, 2 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Comcast Center (17,950) -- College Park, Maryland. Television: RSN. Home Record: Wake Forest 8-3, Maryland 13-1. Away Record: Wake Forest 1-5, Maryland 1-4. Neutral Record: Wake Forest 1-2, Maryland 1-1. Conference Record: Wake Forest 3-5, Maryland 3-5. Series Record: Maryland leads, 66-56.
GAME NOTES: The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest travel to College Park Saturday to square off against the Maryland Terrapins in an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown at the Comcast Center.
Wake Forest has lost two in a row and four of its last five games. Most recently the Demon Deacons suffered a 75-70 loss to fifth-ranked Duke. Although it was a loss, the Demon Deacons were certainly competitive, perhaps providing confidence the rest of the way. Still, the team will need to learn to win on the road, where it is a meager 1-5 on the season.
The Terrapins are coming off a heart-wrenching 73-71 loss at Florida State, the second loss in a row for the squad. After an impressive 13-game winning streak, Maryland is just 2-5 in its seven games leading up to this matchup. Maryland is tied with Wake Forest in the conference standings at 3-5, but is a stellar 13-1 in College Park this season.
Maryland leads the all-time series, 66-56. The Terrapins have won four in a row over Wake Forest, most recently an 82-60 win at the ACC Tournament last March.
Devin Thomas shot 7-of-10 from the field for Wake Forest against the Blue Devils, posting 15 points and six rebounds. Both Travis McKie and C.J. Harris added 14 points, while McKie grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and knocked down two 3-pointers. McKie leads the team in both scoring and rebounding this season, posting 15.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg. Harris is just behind him in scoring with 14.8 ppg and shoots 42.1 percent from long-range. The Deacon Demons need to focus more on the defensive end of the ball, where they allow nearly 70 ppg and just under 45.0 percent shooting from the floor.
In the loss to Florida State, Dez Wells shot 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points, but was guilty of six turnovers. Both coming off the bench, Logan Aronhalt managed 11 points, while Charles Mitchell contributed 10 in a losing effort. Center Alex Len is leading the team in scoring this season with 12.8 ppg, while also pacing UM in rebounding with 8.1 per game. Scoring just behind him is Wells with 12.2 ppg, as both players are shooting over 53 percent from the field. The team has four players that have played in all 21 games this season and shoot over 50.0 percent from the floor. As a whole, the Terps shoot 46.6 percent from the field and score 71.4 ppg. Defensively, Maryland holds opponents to 61.4 ppg and with that maintain a +10.0 scoring margin, ranking them among the top 50 in the nation that category.
Maryland has been absolutely dominant on its homecourt, while Wake has struggled outside of Winston-Salem. Playing suspect defense isn't a recipe for success in the ACC, leaving the Demon Deacons at a distinct disadvantage in College Park.
Sports Network Projected Outcome: Maryland 74, Wake Forest 67
02/02 10:35:09 ET