Previewing Maryland

With three ACC games remaining for the Tar Heels, Maryland comes to Chapel Hill on Sunday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 7:45 p.m. and will be nationally televised by Fox Sports Net.

North Carolina (21-6, 11-2) vs. Maryland (18-10, 7-6)
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Dean E. Smith Center
7:45 -- Fox Sports Net (Tim Brando, Mike Gminski)


"I think that Jordan learns as he plays. You have to remember he's only a sophomore and last year he didn't have to do a whole lot with the players we had. He just needed to show up at the right place and the ball would be there, now it's a little tougher. He's learning how to play with Terrell [Stoglin] and Pe'Shon [Howard] and I think that it's working pretty well." – Maryland head coach Gary Williams on Jordan Williams

"I think that Coach is able to see things that we don't see in ourselves. He trusted us and told us in the beginning of the year that we were going to be a great team. If we keep taking it game by game we have that chance. He is great at teaching us what we don't know and putting us in the position to go far." – Maryland center Jordan Williams on his team's improvement in recent weeks


Season to Date: Maryland enters Sunday night's contest with an 18-10 (7-6 ACC) record. The Terrapins beat the opponents that they were supposed to during their nonconference schedule, but were unable to pull any upsets in dropping games to Pittsburgh (79-70), Illinois (80-76), Temple (64-61) and Villanova (74-66). Gary Williams's squad has been solid on the road in ACC play (3-3) but has failed to capitalize at home (4-3).

Hoss in the Middle: Sophomore Jordan Williams has built an All-ACC resume by consistently dominating the paint for the Terrapins. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound center is averaging 17.2 points (5th ACC) and 11.5 rebounds (1st ACC, 3rd nationally) per game. The Torrington, Conn. native became just the seventh player in league history to eclipse the 600-rebound plateau as a sophomore in the win over Florida State on Wednesday. His 21 double-doubles on the season are one shy of tying Len Elmore's school record 22 double-doubles in 1974. Williams also leads the ACC with a 55.7 field goal percentage and is knocking down 67.7 percent of his free throw attempts in conference play.

All Grown Up: Freshman guard Terrell Stoglin earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors on Monday after posting back-to-back 25-point games at Virginia Tech and against NC State. He kept that hot touch going against Florida State, leading Maryland with 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. The Tucson, Ariz. native is averaging 19.2 points and 6.0 assists over his last five outings.

Senior Direction: Point guard Adrian Bowie has performed well at the point guard position in attempting to fill the craterous void left behind by departed Terrapin guards Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes. The Greenbelt, Md. senior has posted a 2.52 assist-to-turnover ratio (83-33) over his last 22 games and currently ranks second behind freshman teammate Pe'Shon Howard in A/T ratio in ACC play with a 2.4 mark.

Behind the Numbers: Take a look at Maryland's overall statistical rankings and you may find it difficult to believe that the Terrapins are flirting with the .500 mark in the ACC standings. Williams's squad ranks first in field goal percentage (48.0), first in assists (17.4), second in scoring offense (78.1), second in scoring margin (plus-12.6), third in field goal percentage defense (.398), third in rebounding margin (plus-5.1) and third in turnover margin (plus-2.0). But the picture begins to make sense once you look at Maryland's statistics in ACC play. The Terrapins' field goal percentage drops from 48.0 to 45.7, their field goal percentage defense increases from 39.8 to 44.5, their rebounding margin decreases from plus-5.1 to plus-1.0 and their scoring margin plummets from plus-12.6 to plus-3.2.

Utilizing Charity: Maryland ranks seventh in free throw percentage (70.2) in league play, but has improved that statistic in each of its past eight games. The Terrapins have connected on 82.3 percent of their free throw attempts (65-of-79) over their past three outings.

Last Meeting: The Terrapins broke open a 54-51 contest with a 38-20 run to close the game as Maryland defeated North Carolina, 92-71, at the Comcast Center on Feb. 7, 2010. Maryland shot 51.5 percent from the floor compared with UNC's 37.7 percent. Marcus Ginyard led the Tar Heels with 17 points, Deon Thompson scored 16 and Ed Davis posted a double-double with 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Series History: The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Maryland, 114-57. UNC has won six of the last 10 contests between these two programs, but the Terps have won four of the last five meetings.

Projected Starters:
12 Terrell Stoglin (6-1, 185, Fr.) - 10.9 ppg, 3.3 apg
14 Sean Mosely (6-4, 210, Jr.) - 8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg
24 Cliff Tucker (6-6, 205, Sr.) - 10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
33 Dino Gregory (6-7, 230, Sr.) - 9.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg
20 Jordan Williams (6-10, 260, So.) - 17.2 ppg, 11.5 rpg

Top Reserves:
1 Adrian Bowie (6-2, 190, Sr.) - 9.1 ppg, 3.7 apg
21 Pe'Shon Howard (6-3, 195, Fr.) - 5.4 ppg, 3.3 apg
35 James Padgett (6-8, 225, So.) - 3.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg
13 Haukur Paisson (6-6, 190, Fr.) - 2.7 ppg, 2.1 rpg

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