UNC-Greensboro Spartans (2-10 overall, 1-1 Southern Con.)
Greensboro Coliseum, Sunday 1pm
PF: MD: 78.6 UNCG: 62.3 PA: MD: 64.8 UNCG: 75.3
Leading Scorer: MD: Greivis Vasquez 16.8ppg UNCG: Brandon Evans 12.3ppg
Last game: MD: lost to William&Mary 83-77 UNCG: lost to NC St. 89-67
Maryland 2-0 on the road, UNCG 0-6 at home
The Terps are looking to rebound after losing at home to William and Mary and the host Spartans could be the cure. The Terps have their last out of conference game before ACC play starts and they would love to go into the conference slate with some momentum. Personally, I do not understand the logic of scheduling this game for the Terps., because only bad things can happen when you travel on the road to face a mid major. A here would not boost their tournament resume, but a loss would be catastrophic. This really is a no win situation for the Terps.
Xs and Os wise Maryland is far superior then the Spartans, but on any given day, lesser competition can win. There is no area where UNCG has the advantage and the Terps should blow them out by at least 20 points. The Spartans have played five other ACC schools (Wake, Clemson, NC St, Duke and Virginia Tech) and lost by at least 15 to all of them and all the games were on the Spartans home floor. There is not one area in which the Spartans excel, they shoot 30 percent from 3 point range, less then 39 percent from the floor and only shoot 70 percent from the free throw line. They are also very turnover prone committing almost 17 per game. This is a mismatch and I do not see the Terps coming out lack luster. They will be ready to play and the game could be over by halftime.
Bad things can happen when you travel to a lesser opponents home arena, but I dont see that happening here. UNCG has played other ACC teams and been completely outmatched in all the games. The Terps have things to work on going into ACC play and should have some opportunity to work on those things in this game. I look for at least four starters to be in double figures and the Terps to cruise to an easy victory. Terps win 88-63.