Sunday, March 1, 2009
When: 2 p.m.
Where: BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Fla.
Records: No. 5 Terrapins 24-4, 11-2 ACC; Hurricanes 13-15, 2-11.
INSIDE TRACK: The Terrapins can wrap up the top seed in the ACC tournament -- something they haven't done since 1989 -- with a win today, regardless of what No. 11 Florida State does at Wake Forest. Maryland and the Seminoles (23-6, 11-2) are tied for first, but the Terrapins hold the tiebreaker, thanks to their last-second 72-71 victory in Tallahassee on Feb. 2. The top-seeded team has won the tournament in seven of the past eight years.
ALL FOR 1: Maryland is also making a push for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament for the second straight year. The Terrapins are ranked third in RPI and third in strength of schedule, according to CollegeRPI.com. They are 12-4 against teams ranked in the top 50, and in their current eight-game winning streak, seven of the victories have come against top-50 teams.
ONE-TWO PUNCH: Seniors Marissa Coleman and Kristi Toliver combined to score 59 points in the Terrapins' 86-74 victory over Boston College on Friday; it marked the third time in five games that the duo scored more than 50 points. In that five-game stretch, Toliver and Coleman shot 52 percent (79 of 152), while the rest of the Terrapins shot 41.4 percent (58 of 140).
'CANES UNABLE: Miami is one of seven ACC teams the Maryland seniors have never lost to; the Terrapins have won the past three meetings by an average of 36.3 points. The Hurricanes are the worst rebounding and worst three-point shooting team in the conference.
-- Camille Powell