The Sunday Terps Look-Ahead: Florida State and Wake Forest

January 27, 2013

(Associated Press)

Welcome to the Sunday Terps Look-Ahead, a weekly feature breaking down the upcoming action for the Maryland men’s basketball team, as well as a brief recap of its most recent games. Let’s get started.

WHAT JUST HAPPENED

The Terps (15-5, 3-4 ACC) rebounded from their rough stretch with a solid, grind-it-out win over Boston College. Unfortunately for them, the feel-good week was trumped by another weekend loss along Tobacco Road, this time in an 84-64 drubbing against top-ranked Duke.

Point guard problems and offensive issues continue to plague Maryland, but after January ends the road gets substantially easier. On one hand, it provides opportunities for improvements before March. But with a dearth of quality wins available, will it matter? Let’s look ahead.

WHO’S UP NEXT

Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.: at Florida State (11-7, 3-2 ACC) in Tallahassee. Televised on ACC Network.

Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.: vs. Wake Forest (10-9, 3-4 ACC) at Comcast Center. Televised regionally.

WHAT THEY’VE DONE

Florida State: Maryland’s first repeat matchup of the season rolls around via the Seminoles, who overcame an eight-point halftime deficit on Jan. 9 to top the Terps in College Park. In that game, Maryland had a chance to tie things up in the waning seconds, but botched its final play and wound up settling for a long three-pointer from Seth Allen that was blocked.

So they’re familiar with this edition of Florida State, which visits first-place Miami on Sunday night, fresh off a 60-57 win over Clemson, when leading scorer Michael Snaer splashed the game-winner at the buzzer. After beating Maryland, however, the Seminoles dropped two straight, including a 77-72 decision at home vs. North Carolina and a road game at Virginia.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons got blasted at Georgia Tech on Saturday, 82-62, and have lost three of their past four ACC games, with all defeats coming on the road. The one win? An 86-84 triumph over North Carolina State at home. And so the topsy-turvy ACC season continues.

WHO THEY’VE GOT

Florida State: Just revisit the box score from Maryland’s loss to discover the Seminoles’ weapons. Okaro White torched the Terps in the second half, almost single-handedly willing Florida State back into the game and finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds (six offensive). Snaer, who was averaging 14.5 points per game entering Sunday, shot 5 for 8 and had 15 points, while Ian Miller chipped in 12 off the bench.

Florida State is a veteran-heavy team with plenty of weapons, and a trip all the way to Tallahassee could pose some troubles. The Seminoles also top the ACC with 5.3 blocks per game, and had an absurd 13 vs. Maryland earlier this month (White had six).

Wake Forest: Wake Forest hovers around the bottom of the league in most offensive statistics, and allows 69.4 points per game, which could bode well for a struggling Terps offense. Junior Travis McKie ranks sixth in the ACC with 15.1 points per game and seventh with 8.0 rebounds per game, but was stymied by the Yellow Jackets (10 points, eight attempts). C.J. Harris finished with 19 points and seven rebounds, but Georgia Tech went up 50-20 in the first half, and the rout was on.

WHAT’S BEEN SAID

Florida State: “Getting a win there would be huge for us. They have so much energy and hype around that team right now that it’s going to take a lot to upset that.” – Florida State center Kiel Turpin, entering the Miami game.

Wake Forest: “As a head coach I didn’t do a good job of changing that mind-set coming off the win the other evening.…Our hat is off to them. They simply wanted this game much more than we did, which is a real sad testimony.” – Wake Forest Coach Jeff Bzedelik.

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