Terps face Tigers on Wednesday

After becoming the No. 2 team in the nation, Maryland can claim their first outright championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference by winning the rest of their games, but first they have to get by the Clemson Tigers. With Maryland's victory vs. Duke on Sunday, Maryland (21-3, 11-1 ACC) moved into the both the second spot in USA Today/ESPN coaches' and AP polls on Sunday night.

The Terrapins are coming off an 8th straight ACC victory on Sunday as they held off top-ranked Duke, 87-73, at home. Maryland is 11-1 in conference play for the first time since the 1980 season when they finished the regular season 24-5 overall and in the Elite Eight.

Chris Wilcox scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Juan Dixon drilled eight shots and finished with 17 points as Maryland extended its winning streak to 8 games.

Steve Blake hit 3-of-8 shots but finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, and 13 assists to move within one of the all-time Maryland assist lead. Blake is currently tied with Keith Gatlin with 649 assists. Byron Mouton also had 15 points for the Terps.

A victory Wednesday would move Maryland just three victories away from an outright ACC championship, which would be their first outright championship since the 24-5 Elite Eight 1980 Terps team. The Terps also have won 15 consecutive home games and are looking to sweep the regular-season series with Clemson for the second consecutive year. In their last game on January 20, the Terps beat Clemson 99-90 after their away loss to Duke.

Clemson (12-14, 3-10), which is tied for last in the ACC, have lost 9 of their last ten. Their one victory in the span came on February 13, an overtime victory, 118-115, against Wake Forest at home.

Chris Hobbs went 5-9 shooting and scored 13 points in the Tigers 83-54 embarrassment at North Carolina State on Saturday. Edward Scott added 8 points and 5 assists and Ray Henderson and Tony Stockman combined for a total of 15 rebounds in the losing cause. Stockman also added 7 points.

The Tigers will be making only their third appearance on Raycom Jefferson Pilot this season. The Tigers are 0-2 this season on RJ, all of their games which were against ranked opponents: Duke and Virginia.

The Terps have also won the last eight meetings with the Tigers.

And, the Terrapins posted an 99-90 victory at Cole Field House on January 20. The Terps have a 47-8 record vs. Clemson at home. Next season, however, the Terps move to the Comcast Center.

So here's a quick breakdown: Maryland is at Clemson on a Wednesday, February 20th, in Clemson, South Carolina at Littlejohn Coliseum. The game will be at 9:00 ET on Raycom Jefferson Pilot in which Clemson is 0-2 on this season. And at Maryland earlier this season the Terps won by 9, 99-90.

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