Maryland basketball vs. Florida State: Previewing the game

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THE INFO

Who: Maryland (13-1, 1-0 ACC) vs. Florida State (9-5, 1-0).

When: Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Where: Comcast Center.

TV: WDCA-20 in D.C., WNUV-54 in Baltimore, ESPN3.com if game is not televised in your area.

DMV radio: 105.7 FM, 980 AM, 1300 AM.

Coaches: Terps — Mark Turgeon (Second season, 29-16). Seminoles – Leonard Hamilton (11th season, 188-132)

THE SCRIPT

Maryland had little trouble in its ACC opener, running through Virginia Tech. 94-71, and has a golden opportunity to move to 2-0 in the conference against Florida State. The defending ACC tournament champion Seminoles have some bad home losses to Auburn and South Alabama this season, but beat Clemson by five points in their ACC debut on Saturday and have won five of six since losing three straight in early December. Preseason all-American Michael Snaer (15.6 points per game) presents the biggest defensive challenge for Maryland, which has won 13 straight since a season-opening loss against Kentucky, riding a 10-man rotation and some breakout performances from both Jake Layman and Seth Allen against the Hokies.

THE QUESTIONS                                                                                                                                                    

1. Control the paint? Describing Maryland’s previous nonconference opponents as “undersize” would be an understatement, but finally the Terps get their biggest and tallest challenge yet in Florida State, which rotates two centers over 7 feet. Said Turgeon: “This is our toughest opponent since the Kentucky game. Obviously both teams are much further along than the first game. This is really what we need. A physical team to come in here, see if we can be more physical.”

2. Crash the boards? For as impressive as Maryland looked against Virginia Tech, Turgeon still found fault with his team’s rebounding. Much of that derived from the Hokies’ dribble-penetration offense, which had the Terrapins scrambling out of position, causing long offensive rebounds. But Maryland still ranks among the nation’s best rebounding teams, and will look for some second-chance buckets to get its post players going.

3. Work the offense? The Terps executed their motion offense nearly perfectly at times, whipping passes around the perimeter and finding open cutters with ease. This means working through Alex Len and other post players, playing their own game at Comcast Center and knocking down open shots against what Turgeon called “the best defensive team” Maryland has faced thus far this season.

THE STATS 

Feb. 14, 2001: Last time Florida State won at Maryland. Hamilton has never won in College Park as Florida State’s coach. 

0: Number of times the Seminoles have started ACC play 2-0.

1: Win needed by the Terps to tie the program’s longest winning streak, set in 1931-32. They’ve already tied the 13-game streak by the 2001-02 national title team. 

THE QUOTES

“He’s playing 10 guys, still searching for that right lineup. You can see, they’re coming. You watch film from early until now, they’re really starting to get into a groove. Defensively, those new guys are starting to get it.” – Turgeon on Florida State.

“I have no idea what I’m going to do tomorrow. Really don’t.” – Turgeon on the starting lineup.

THE TERPS TUNE OF TODAY

War Pigs” by Black Sabbath.

THE POLL

 

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.

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