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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Comcast Center (17,950) -- College Park, Maryland. Television: ACC Network. Home Record: Miami 4-6, Maryland 7-3. Away Record: Miami 5-2, Maryland 1-4. Neutral Record: Miami 1-1, Maryland 3-2. Conference Record: Miami 2-5, Maryland 3-4. Series Record: Miami-Florida leads, 54-47.
GAME NOTES: Both the Miami-Florida Hurricanes and the Maryland Terrapins will attempt to halt their respective losing streaks on Wednesday night when they meet up at the Comcast Center for an Atlantic Coast Conference showdown.
Miami had the misfortune of playing a pair of ranked squads last week and came away with two double-digit home losses to Duke (67-46) and Syracuse (64-52) to slip to 2-5 in the ACC. The Hurricanes are hovering slightly above .500 this season at 10-9 and have been surprisingly strong on the road at 5-2.
Maryland has also lost back-to-back games, falling at NC State on Jan. 20 (65-56) before suffering an 83-79 home setback on Saturday versus nationally- ranked Pittsburgh. The Terps are losers of four of their last five games to fall to 3-4 in the league and 11-9 overall, although their stellar home record (7-3) still gives them plenty of hope for this matchup.
In regards to the all-time series, Miami holds a 13-8 advantage over the Terps, which includes a 54-47 triumph in the most recent contest on Jan. 13, 2013.
The Hurricanes were no match for the unbeaten Orange in their latest bout, as they fell behind by as many as 18 before dropping the 12-point decision. They shot a mere 39.1 percent from the field and were thoroughly outmanned in the rebounding battle, 39-24. Davon Reed impressed in his reserve role, shooting 3-of-4 from 3-point range and 3-of-3 at the foul line en route to a game-high 16 points. Rion Brown was also stellar with 13 points and eight rebounds.
Scoring points has been a major issue for Miami all season long, as it shoots just 41.7 percent from the field for 61.0 ppg, but luckily it has remained competitive thanks to its outstanding defense, which ranks 10th in the nation in allowing only 59.3 ppg. Brown is the only player who scores in double figures with 13.4 ppg, although his 3-point field goal percentage (.326) has been lackluster. Brown also grabs a team-best 6.3 rpg. Donnavan Kirk and Garrius Adams are also relied on for consistent contributions with 9.6 ppg apiece.
The Terps fought back from a double-digit second-half deficit against Pitt over the weekend to make it a close contest down the stretch, but they were never able to overtake the lead as they suffered the four-point loss. They shot an impressive 48.1 percent from the field on the evening but were held back by a game-high 17 turnovers and getting outrebounded, 37-28. Dez Wells paced the losing effort with 19 points and four steals, Jake Layman netted 18 points and Nick Faust and Evan Smotrycz put up 13 and 10 points, respectively.
On the season, Maryland boasts a solid offensive attack, shooting 43.2 percent from the field for 72.4 ppg. Wells pours in a team-best 14.6 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting from the field and 79.3 percent at the foul line. Layman (12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg) and Smotrycz (11.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg) make up a solid frontcourt duo, while Faust provides a spark off the bench with 10.3 ppg but has drained less than 40 percent of his field goal tries.
Miami's stout defense has allowed it to perform well on the road this season, but even if it holds Maryland's shooting in check, it likely doesn't have enough firepower to keep pace with the Terps in College Park.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Maryland 65, Miami-Florida 63
01/29 10:36:49 ET
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