Previewing Maryland

If the Tar Heels are to play for the ACC title on Saturday, they must first beat Maryland on Wednesday. The Senior Night tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 7 p.m. and will be televised by ESPN.

North Carolina (25-4, 12-2) vs. Maryland (16-12, 6-8)
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- Dean E. Smith Center
7 p.m. -- ESPN (John Saunders, Jay Bilas)

Quotables

"Everybody is different, and that's old news. I don't want to get into that again. But my philosophy, 20 seconds to go and you have the ball and they're not going to foul and they're not doubling you and you're up 10 or 15, you don't shoot, but that's my philosophy. That doesn't mean it has to be everybody's philosophy. Guys can coach their team however they want to coach their team. That's totally up to them. If they want to keep trying to score, that's up to them. It's up to us to try to stop them. That's the whole thing." – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon on John Henson's last-second dunk at the Comcast Center

"Yeah, let me blame it on that. I don't know exactly. I don't have an answer. I'm disappointed. My teams usually are good road teams." – Turgeon when asked if youth was a factor in his team's struggles on the road

PREGAME NOTES

Since the Last Meeting: Maryland enters Wednesday night's contest with a 16-12 (6-8 ACC) record. The Terrapins are 3-3 since losing to North Carolina on Feb. 4 with wins against Clemson (64-62), Boston College (81-65) and Miami (75-70) and losses to Duke (73-55), Virginia (71-44) and Georgia Tech (63-61).

Stoglin Still Firing Away: Guard Terrell Stoglin continues to lead the ACC in scoring with 21.2 points per game and ranks seventh nationally. The sophomore is currently fourth on Maryland's single-season list of 3-point field goals (76) and 3-point field goal attempts (203). But Stoglin has garnered more attention recently for his benching at Duke on Feb. 11 and his corresponding tweet – "Loved sittin that bench today. smfh wow." According to kenpom.com, the Tucson, Ariz. native ranks third nationally in taking the highest percentage of his team's shots (37.6), despite connecting on just 41.4 percent of his attempts.

Howard Out for the Year: Sophomore guard Pe'Shon Howard tore the ACL in his right knee on a spin move that didn't involve contact during practice on Feb. 9 and will miss the remainder of the season. The Los Angeles, Calif. product started 12 of 14 games and averaged 6.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists after returning from a broken left foot suffered in October.


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Faust Emerging: Freshman guard Nick Faust returned to the starting lineup after Howard's season-ending injury and has done his part in helping patch that void. The Baltimore, Md. native is averaging 12.2 points in those five starts and has scored in double figures in five of his last seven games. Faust has also been a stat-stuffer since Howard's departure, pulling down 5.4 rebounds, dishing out 2.6 assists and securing 1.6 steals per game.

Road Woes: The Terrapins own a 1-7 road record this season with their lone victory coming at Clemson on Feb. 7. Maryland's average margin of defeat on the road is 10.1 points.

Strong on the Offensive Glass: Junior forward James Padgett has quietly had a solid season for the Terps, averaging 9.0 points nad 5.7 rebounds, but he's been most effective on the offensive glass. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native is three offensive rebounds away from becoming just the eighth Maryland player in school history to pull down 100 in a season. Padgett's 3.5 offensive rebounds per game rank second in the ACC behind UNC's Tyler Zeller (3.8).

Last Meeting: UNC defeated Maryland, 83-74, on Feb. 4 in College Park, Md. Tyler Zeller led the Tar Heels with 22 points, Harrison Barnes added 18 points and eight rebounds and John Henson posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. The Terrapins led 40-37 at halftime and increased their lead to nine points early in the second half, but UNC used an 11-2 run to tie the score and then a 25-13 spurt to take control of the game.

Series History: North Carolina leads the all-time series with Maryland, 116-57. UNC has won eight of the last 12 meetings, but the Terrapins have won four of the last seven.

Projected Starters:
12 Terrell Stoglin (6-1, 185, So.) - 21.2 ppg, 1.9 apg
5 Nick Faust (6-6, 175, Fr.) - 8.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg
14 Sean Mosley (6-4, 210, Sr.) - 10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg
30 Ashton Pankey (6-9, 220, Fr.) - 4.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg
35 James Padgett (6-8, 225, Jr.) - 9.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Top Reserves:
25 Alex Len (7-1, 225, Fr.) - 6.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg
11 Mychal Parker (6-5, 195, So.) - 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg

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