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Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Maryland vs. Wake Forest: Talk about the game

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Mark Turgeon is looking for his first ACC win as Maryland's coach. (Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
Maryland takes on Wake Forest in its ACC home opener at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night (TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus).

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After Sunday’s loss at North Carolina State, Terrapins guard Pe’Shon Howard talked about how Maryland needs to get tougher as it approaches the meat of its ACC schedule.

Maryland at a glance

Record: 10-4, 0-1 ACC.

RPI rank: 96.

Strength of schedule rank: 116.

Ken Pomeroy ranking: 159.

What others are saying: Coach Mark Turgeon talks patience, especially where Ashton Pankey, Terrell Stoglin and Alex Len are concerned (Baltimore Sun). . . . Terps look to level ACC record (Testudo Times). . . . Turgeon doing what he can to limit Howard’s minutes (Washington Times).

Wake Forest at a glance

Record: 10-5, 1-0 ACC.

RPI rank: 88.

Strength of schedule rank: 71.

Ken Pomeroy ranking: 160 (one spot behind the Terps).

What others are saying: The Demon Deacons defeated Virginia Tech in their ACC opener (though that's not exactly a big accomplishment these days). . . . Wake Forest Coach Jeff Bzdelik says Maryland’s “energy is going to be at a very high level.” (Winston-Salem Journal). Deacs are starting to believe in themselves after a dismal 2010-11 season (Times-News).

This is your open thread. Feel free to offer up predictions, reactions, celebrations, etc., in the comments.

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