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Previewing Maryland

No. 9 North Carolina welcomes Marcus Paige back to the lineup for a top-10 matchup with No. 2 Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday. Tip-off at the Smith Center is set for 9:30 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.

North Carolina (5-1) vs. Maryland (6-0)
Chapel Hill, N.C. – Dean E. Smith Center
Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.
ESPN (Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake)


"I like playing great teams. North Carolina is a great team with a great coach. It should be fun. It's been a highly anticipated game since it came out on the schedule. A great environment, the game of the night, the late game. The only thing is that I used to work for Roy Williams and you don't like going against coaches or people that you care about greatly. That's the only [thing] that's difficult about it." – Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon

"We have some guys who know what it's like to play there. Our young guys have played at Indiana last year, which is very similar. I think we're ready to this type of environment." – Maryland senior forward Jake Layman


Season to Date: Maryland enters Tuesday’s contest with a 6-0 record. The Terrapins have won four home games by an average of 13 points per contest, while also claiming the Cancun Challenge last week with wins over Illinois State and Rhode Island.

Trimble Lethal at Point: The Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year was expected to be playing in the NBA this season after a standout freshman campaign. Instead, the sophomore point guard is directing a Terrapin squad capable of reaching the Final Four in Houston. The Upper Marlboro, Md. product leads Maryland in scoring (14.8) on 50.9 percent shooting and has dished out 27 assists against 11 turnovers thus far.

Terps Getting Defensive: Maryland’s size and length – five of its top-seven scorers stand 6-foot-7 or taller and weigh 200 pounds or more – present a challenge for teams on the defensive end of the floor. The Terps are holding opponents to 42.3 percent shooting from the floor and 30.4 percent from long range, while blocking 4.8 shots per game. Turgeon’s squad ranks 37th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency (95.9), according to

Familiar Faces: There is a pair of former ACC foes in Maryland’s starting lineup: Duke guard Rasheed Sulaimon and Georgia Tech forward Robert Carter. Sulaimon, who is shooting 50 percent from 3-point range (12-of-24), scored 30 points in four career games against UNC. Carter tallied 18 points and 20 rebounds in two meetings with the Tar Heels.

Efficient Slowdown: Turgeon’s squad has minimized the number of trips up and down the court this season – 66 possessions per game, good for 336th nationally – and it’s worked in scoring efficiency. Maryland ranks sixth nationally in effective field goal percentage (60.0) and third in 2-point field goal percentage (62.8), according to

Last Meeting: The Tar Heels defeated the Terrapins, 75-63, at the Smith Center on Feb. 4, 2014. Marcus Paige led UNC with 25 points and Brice Johnson added 19 on 8-of-8 shooting.

Series History: UNC leads the all-time series, 122-57.

Projected Starters:
04 Robert Carter (6-9, 235, Jr.) – 13.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg
10 Jake Layman (6-9, 220, Sr.) - 11.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg
33 Diamond Stone (6-11, 255, Fr.) - 9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg
00 Rasheed Sulaimon (6-4, 190, Sr.) - 11.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg
02 Melo Trimble (6-3, 185, So.) - 14.8 ppg, 4.5 apg

Top Reserves:
35 Damonte Dodd (6-11, 250, Jr.) - 4.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg
1 Jared Nickens (6-7, 205, So.) - 8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg

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