Maryland Preview

This isn't exactly the ideal environment for bouncing back from a tough weekend loss. The Tar Heels make their final visit to Cole Field House tonight to face No. 4 Maryland. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

North Carolina (5-6, 1-1) at Maryland (11-2, 1-0)
Cole Field House, College Park (Md.)
7:30 p.m.
Radio: (Listen Live)

UNC Lineup Note: Adam Boone will start tonight, as Melvin Scott will come off the bench. "I said (to Melvin), `Hey, I'm not down on you. I think you're going to be a great player here,'" Matt Doherty said. "I've asked Melvin to do something that's very difficult. (He) was a 2-guard in high school, and we're asking him to be the point guard at North Carolina. It's really not fair to him, and I've said that to him."

Injury Update: Maryland senior center Lonny Baxter is expected to play tonight. He suffered a badly sprained right ankle on New Year's Day and returned to practice last weekend.

Game Day Links:
Raleigh N&O -- Skinny guy, big impact
Greensboro N&R -- North Carolina expects Terps to press the issue
Durham H-S -- On the road again for Steve Blake's dad
W-S Journal -- Tar Heels to shake up lineup against Terrapins
Fay. Observer -- UNC guard Boone will start tonight
Baltimore Sun -- Heels are down, but Terps not ready to count them out
Baltimore Sun -- Heel pride comes with sense of loss
Washington Post -- A Matter of Rebounding
Washington Post -- Nothing Too High About These Heels
UNC Official Site -- Game Notes
UM Official Site -- Game Notes

Season to Date: The Terps started of the year ranked No. 2, but fell in the opener to Arizona. They went on to win their next eight, including impressive defeats of Temple, Illinois and UConn, before losing at Oklahoma in late Dec. Maryland is 7-0 at home thus far this season. (2001-2002 Schedule/Results w/Stats)

Probable Starting Lineup:
Steve Blake (6-3, Jr., G) 7.4 pts, 7.1 ast
Juan Dixon (6-3, Sr., G) 18.0 pts, 2.9 stl
Byron Mouton (6-6, Sr., F) 9.4 pts, 4.6 reb
Tahj Holden (6-10, Jr., F) 7.5 pts, 44% 3pt
Lonny Baxter (6-8, Sr., C) 14.3 pts, 8.9 reb

Key Reserves:
Chris Wilcox (6-10, So., F) 9.9 pts, 7.7 reb
Drew Nicholas (6-3, Jr., G) 6.6 pts
Ryan Randle (6-9, Jr., F) 5.0 pts, 3.7 reb

Team Roster
Season Stats

Last Season: The Tar Heels swept the series with the Terps last season. UNC stunned Maryland with a 86-83 win on Jan. 10 at Cole Field House and then beat them again, 96-82, a month later at the Smith Center. Joseph Forte averaged 24.5 points in the two contests, while Jason Capel averaged 20 points and nine boards.

Photo Gallery:

Juan Dixon

Lonny Baxter

Steve Blake

Head coach Gary Williams

(Photos by AP/Nick Wass)

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