Previewing Maryland

With the big showdown against Duke looming next week, North Carolina would be wise not overlook Maryland. After all, the Tar Heels haven't won at College Park since 2006. Saturday's tip-off at the Comcast Center is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN.

North Carolina (18-3, 5-1) vs. Maryland (13-8, 3-4)
College Park, Md. -- Comcast Center
4:00pm -- ESPN


"He just hasn't played well, just really hasn't gotten into a groove, hasn't felt comfortable out there, but still does nice things for us when he's out there. He defends the rim, rebounds pretty well, and I'm just kind of hoping he gets relaxed and starts to play better." – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on center Alex Len


Season to Date: Maryland enters Saturday's contest with a 13-8 (3-4 ACC) record. The Terrapins stumbled out of the gate with a 20-point loss to Alabama and a 26-point loss to Iona in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off in November, but responded with a 78-71 victory over Notre Dame on Dec. 4 that started a seven-game winning streak heading into ACC play. First-year head coach Mark Turgeon's squad won two of its first three conference games, but has now lost four of five contests, including a loss at Temple (73-60) on Jan. 21.

Stoglin Firing at Will: Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin currently leads the ACC in scoring at 21.8 points per game and has boosted that mark in conference play to 23.3 points per game. Entering this week, the Tucson, Ariz. native was the only ACC player and one of only 14 players nationally averaging more than 20 points per game. But his scoring has come at a price. Stoglin has taken 30.3 percent of Maryland's shots this season, but has only converted 42.2 percent of his attempts. Against Miami on Wednesday, the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder scored 33 points on 9-of-26 shooting, including a 6-of-20 mark from 3-point territory. Stoglin has found plenty of success from behind the arc (38.4 percent) and the free throw line (75.2).

Senior Stepping Up: With such a young roster, senior Sean Mosley has been called upon as a leader this season and the Baltimore, Md. product has elevated his game to match those responsibilities, especially in recent weeks. Mosley is averaging 10.9 ppg over his last nine games, including a 44.0 shooting percentage from long (11-for-25). The 6-foot-4, 210-pound wing is on track to become only the eighth Terrapin in school history to total 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 120 steals in his career.

Disappearing Act: Red-shirt freshman transfer Alex Len, hailing from Antratsit, Ukraine, was suspended by the NCAA for the first 10 games of the season due to the organization's amateurism guidelines. But once the 7-foot-1, 225-pounder finally took the court, Maryland fans thought they had found an immediate replacement for Jordan Williams. Len averaged 13.5 points and 8.8 rebounds in his first four games as a Terrapin, but since then, his production has plummeted. Over his last seven games, Len is averaging 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds. An ankle injury at Temple on Jan. 21 further reduced his effectiveness, but he had his best showing since the first week of January at Miami on Wednesday (11 points, 7 rebounds).

Random Fact of the Day: Maryland is 0-1 in ACC games in which it shoots over 50 percent from the floor, but is 2-0 in league contests in which it shoots below 40 percent.

New Face on the Maryland Sideline: Turgeon, a Roy Williams disciple from Kansas, became the eighth head coach at Maryland following Gary Williams' decision to retire last spring. The Kansas graduate (‘87) has led his teams to at least 20 wins in seven of the last eight seasons, including a 24-9 mark last year at Texas A&M. Turgeon's teams have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in five of the last six seasons.

Last Meeting: North Carolina defeated Maryland, 87-76, on Feb. 27, 2011 in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tyler Zeller led UNC with 25 points and Harrison Barnes added 21. Leslie McDonald scored 15 points and John Henson nearly posted a triple-double with 10 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks. The Tar Heels led by 12 points at halftime and put the Terps away with a 14-4 run midway through the second half.

Series History: The Tar Heels lead the all-time series with Maryland, 115-57. UNC has won seven of the last 11 contests between these two programs, but the Terps have won four of the last six meetings.

Projected Starters:
12 Terrell Stoglin (6-1, 185, So.) - 21.8 ppg, 2.1 apg
21 Pe'Shon Howard (6-3, 195, So.) - 6.7 ppg, 4.2 apg
14 Sean Mosley (6-4, 210, Sr.) - 10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
30 Ashton Pankey (6-9, 220, Fr.) - 5.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg
35 James Padgett (6-8, 225, Jr.) - 9.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg

Top Reserves:
5 Nick Faust (6-6, 175, Fr.) - 7.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg
25 Alex Len (7-1, 225, Fr.) - 7.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg
11 Mychal Parker (6-5, 195, So.) - 4.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg

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