Previewing Maryland

Maryland (18-7, 4-6) is coming off a huge home victory over the Duke Blue Devils. Pack Pride takes a closer look at tonight's opponent -- tip-off is at 7:00 p.m.

  • ROSTER
  • SCHEDULE
  • STATS

    PROJECTED STARTERS
    G- D.J. Strawberry
    G- Greivis Vasquez
    G- Mike Jones
    F- Ekene Ibekwe
    F- James Gist

    STAR WATCH
    James Gist - The high-flying junior is averaging 12.8 points per game on the season, but he has really turned it during conference play. Gist is averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds in ACC play, leading the Terps in scoring and blocks (19).

    KEY NOTES
    LAST TIME OUT
    Maryland jumped out to a 29-9 lead against Duke before capturing a 72-60 victory over the Blue Devils at Comcast Center Sunday (Feb. 11) afternoon.

    Duke trimmed the lead to just six (58-52) mid-way through the second half, but the Terps used a 10-2 run to push the lead back to 14 en route to the win. Maryland enjoyed an advantage in the post, outscoring the Blue Devils, 48-30, in the paint.

    The Terps scored 13 second-chance points and converted 17 Duke turnovers into 21 points.

  • Four Terrapins scored in double figures, including freshman Greivis Vasquez who recorded a team-high 18 points. James Gist scored 16 for the Terps, while Ekene Ibekwe added 13 points. D.J. Strawberry scored 10 points and hauled down five.
  • In addition to his 16 points, junior James Gist added a game-high 10 rebounds against Duke. It was his eighth career double-double and sixth of the season. He is averaging 18.4 points and shooting 63 percent from the floor in his last four games.

    RPI STRENGTH
    The ACC is the top ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer Poll and the second ranked conference according to the RPI.

  • The ACC is the only conference to have eight teams ranked in the Top 40 of the RPI.
  • The ACC has played the nation's second toughest non-conference schedule according to the RPI.
  • The RPI lists 10 of the 12 ACC teams in the Top 60 of schedule strength.
  • The ACC is a combined 26-18 (.591) in games against the other conferences ranked in the Top 5 of the RPI.
  • The ACC has compiled a non-conference record of 132-33 (.800) – this is tops among all conferences - the ACC is the only league to have a non-conference winning percentage over 80 percent.
  • Nine of the 12 ACC teams currently have 16 or more wins this season (75% of the ACC) - no other league has as many teams or percentage of teams with 16 or more wins.

    POLL POSITION

  • Maryland has appeared in the AP Top 25 a total of 348 times. The Terrapins have placed in the AP Top 25 at least once in each of the last 14 seasons.
  • The Terps have been ranked in the coaches poll 323 times. Maryland has placed in the coaches poll at least once in each of the last 14 seasons.
  • The Terrapins were ranked 25th in the February 12 Sagarin Ratings. Maryland has six wins over teams ranked in the Sagarin Top 50. The Terps have posted an impressive 3-1 mark against teams ranked in the Sagarin Top 25.
  • Maryland is ranked 33rd in the latest RPI Report. The Terps have seven wins against teams ranked in the Top 100 of the RPI. Maryland has played the 18th toughest schedule in the country, according to the RPI.
  • The Terps were named Team of the Week on November 20 by both Dick Vitale and Andy Katz.

    GETTING DEFENSIVE
    The Terps have made a renewed commitment to defense in 2006-07. Maryland has forced its opponents into an average of 17.9 turnovers per game this season.

  • The Terps lead the ACC and are fourth in the nation in field goal percentage defense (.385).
  • Maryland's opponents are shooting just 29 percent (142-of-495) from three-point range which leads the league.
  • The Terps are averaging 7.8 steals per game and have recorded 174 blocked shots through 24 games.
  • Maryland is tops in the ACC and second in the nation with 7.0 blocked shots per game.


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