Sunday Terps Look-Ahead: Georgia Tech and Wake Forest

February 24, 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

Another week, another roller-coaster ride of emotions for the Terps. Coming off that thrilling win over Duke, they fell by 11 points at Boston College three days later before returning home and scoring an uneventful 72-59 win against Clemson. Logan Aronhalt led the way at the Conte Forum with a season-high 26 points on seven three-pointers, while Faust marked his season high against the Tigers with 18 points and four three-pointers. Maryland’s four freshmen combined for 33 points on Saturday afternoon.

Up next is a two-game road trip to Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

WHO’S UP NEXT

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m.: at Georgia Tech (14-11, 4-9 ACC, RPI 138) in Atlanta. Televised on ACC Network.

Saturday, March 2 at Noon: at Wake Forest (12-14, 5-9 ACC, RPI 142) in Winston-Salem, N.C.. Televised on ACC Network.

WHAT THEY’VE DONE

Georgia Tech: Since opening ACC play on a five-game losing streak, the Yellow Jackets have alternated wins and losses over the past eight games. They traveled to Virginia on Sunday at 2 p.m. before hosting the Terps at McCamish Pavilion, where Georgia Tech is 2-5 in conference games.

Over the past week, Georgia Tech beat Wake Forest by one point on the road but fell to North Carolina by 12 at home.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are four games below .500 in the ACC, but have somehow managed to beat Virginia, North Carolina State, Florida State and Miami at home this season. Clearly, Winston-Salem represents another tough road test for Maryland, which blew out Wake Forest, 86-60, at Comcast Center on Feb. 2. The Demon Deacons punched second-ranked Miami squarely on the mouth on Saturday, hanging 42 points on the Hurricanes by halftime and coasting to a 15-point win. Of course, this is the same team that lost to Georgia Tech and Boston College at home – by a combined four points – so who knows which Wake Forest group will show up next weekend.

WHO THEY’VE GOT

Georgia Tech: Like Maryland, the Yellow Jackets rely on a deep rotation with balanced scoring. Marcus Georges-Hunt, their leading scorer, averages just 10.7 points per game, but five others (Robert Carter, Kammeon Holsey, Mfon Udofia, Daniel Miller and Chris Bolden) all average more than seven per game. Miller is the low-post workhorse, leading the team in rebounds per game and blocked shots while shooting 51.6 percent from the field.

Maryland suffered its worst loss of Coach Mark Turgeon’s inaugural season in Atlanta on Feb. 25, 2012. Holsey notched a team-high 16 points in that game, while five others scored at least seven. For the Terps, Nick Faust had 11 points, Alex Len chipped in six and eight rebounds and James Padgett had six.

Wake Forest: C.J. Harris torched Miami with 23 points and made all five three-point attempts. Freshman Codi Miller-McIntyre chipped in 15 for Wake, which shot 54 percent from the field. In the Demon Deacons’ loss to Maryland earlier this season, four players scored in double figures, led by Travis McKie’s 15, but Wake Forest received just nine bench points and shot 25.8 percent in the first half.

WHAT’S BEEN SAID

“You can’t mess around on the road in this league.” – Georgia Tech Coach Brian Gregory.

“There’s been some tough times, so staying with it, fighting through adversity, finally coming on top of a big-time win is amazing.” – Harris.

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