Wake Forest Demon Deacons(11-3 overall, 1-1 ACC)
Tuesday 8PM, Lawrence Joel Coliseum, Winston Salem, NC
Last game: MD: def Florida St. 77-68 Wake: lost to Miami 67-66
PF: MD:79.8 Wake: 76.8 PA: MD: 64.9 Wake: 65.2
Maryland is 3-0 on the road, Wake is 7-1 at home.
The Terps travel to Tobacco Road hoping to score an impressive road win over a good Wake Forest team. Both teams lost to William and Mary at home earlier this season but the Terps come into the game after a win, while the Demon Deacons come in after a heartbreaking loss at Miami. The Demon Deacons play at Duke and North Carolina in their next two games after this one so it will be imperative for them to defeat the Terps or their season could be lost.
Wake returns an experienced nucleus from a team that was a top 5 all season last season but lost its best player. Al-Farouq Aminu is quickly becoming one of the best players in the conference and he will need to play well for the Deacons to beat the Terps.. In addition to his 16.8ppg, Aminu averages almost 12 boards per game and the Terps will need to keep him off the offensive glass and limit Wake to one shot of they want to win this game. They were able to shut down Solomon Alabi last week by getting him into foul trouble and they should take the same approach with Aminu. Ish Smith and C.J. Harris will look to compliment the inside game of Aminu and could pose tough matchups for the Terps guards.
Greivis Vasquez is starting to play like the player many expected him to be this season which is bad news for any of the Terps opponents. Vasquez scored 22 points against the Seminoles and once again will be the key to a Terps victory in this game. Eric Hayes only missed one 3 pointer in route to a 17 point performance against the Noles and hopefully his hot continues. The Terps will need improve on the 9-17 they went from the free throw line against Florida St and it is unlikely they will not shoot 62 percent from beyond the arc. I expect points could be tough to come by for both teams but expect that they will score around their season average.
The Terps scored a huge win last week and look to continue that momentum with their first road win in conference. They will need to jump out to an early like they did against Florida St in order to take the Wake Forest crowd of the game. Aminu will get his points but the Terps need to not let any of the Demon Deacons beat them. I think the Terps get off to a slow start offensively but they play good enough defense to keep them in the game at halftime and they will win it with a second half run. Terps win 74-68.